Rockface.

Can you see it?

Taken on a recent evening walk. It’s at least the third time I have photographed this pile of rocks.

I’ve never been satisfied with any of the versions but I thought I’d share this to see if other people can see a face in the top rock or if it’s just me.

I was considering it for One Word Sunday – Hidden but decided that some explanation was necessary. So it’s a one word title followed by a long rambling post. If you can see the face it does appear to be hiding behind the other rocks.

A face in the rock.

23 minutes before sunrise.

A shot I was considering for my week 37 pick. A 50 second exposure of Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment before sunrise using a neutral density filter to achieve the exposure time needed. I wanted to blur the water and get some movement in the clouds.

Dawn on the South Bruce Peninsula.

Is that food?

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire in the 1990s with a photo of a juvenile Grey Heron. At this time of year the juveniles are wandering around exploring the area, checking out feeding locations and finding places to roost.

A local Natural History Society had a wooden hide (blind) on a reservoir in south Cheshire which is where this shot was taken from. When the water level in the reservoir was low the tree stump would appear. I’ve got quite a few species on the stump.

This juvenile Grey Heron amused me. It appeared to be trying to decide if the isolated part of the stump above the water is edible although it’s probably watching something in the water.

Is that food?

The onset of autumn.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is The Onset of Autumn.

For me, the onset of autumn doesn’t just mean the leaves changing colour. It also means a change of bird species in the area. As I type this it’s been a week since I last saw a Ruby-throated Hummingbird, they’re heading south for the winter. Today I had a Pine Siskin in the yard, normally a winter species for the area.

So rather go with a somewhat predictable photo of leaves I decided to go with a bird species that passes through the area in the spring and autumn. This White-crowned Sparrow is a passage migrant in this part of Ontario. Having bred in the far north it’s now heading south to spend the winter the southern U.S. or Mexico. It has stopped off in the area to feed up for a day or two.

White-crowned Sparrow.