Tuesday Photo Challenge – Yard

One thing came to mind as soon as I read the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Yard prompt.

That was spending hours in our yard in 2018 when I was doing a 52 week photo project.

So I thought I would go with a small selection of photos taken in the yard during 2018.

 

Raccoon with spiky wet fur.

A wet, bedraggled Raccoon that wandered into the yard and started eyeing up the bird feeders one Saturday afternoon.

 

Raindrops on a Cedar tree.

Raindrops on a Cedar branch on the edge of the yard.

 

shadows on snow

Tree trunks casting long shadows across the snow in the yard.

 

Clover flower in grass

A Clover flower growing in the grass in the yard. Taken while lying in the grass waiting for the Squirrels and Chipmunks to put in an appearance.

 

Ruby-throated Hummingbird juvenile.

A young Ruby-throated Hummingbird checking out the hummingbird feeder hanging in the yard.

 

Weekly Prompts: Surface

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts: Surface challenge.

I started thinking about some of the water surfaces on the various lake’s and bay’s I have photographed over the years.

I decided to go with a small selection of photos from a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan, Canada.

 

Weekly Prompts: Surface

An almost mirror calm surface at sunset in the autumn.

 

Weekly Prompts: Surface

A frozen and partially snow covered surface in the winter.

 

Weekly Prompts: Surface

Some gentle ripples at sunset in the autumn.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Treasure Hunt

Tina has challenged everyone to a Treasure Hunt for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.

It all got a little confusing for me due to various issues unconnected with this blog. In the end I copied and pasted the list of treasure hunt items to a memo as a reminder.

Just to make things even more complicated I also made myself some rules. A set of four photos with two horizontal compositions and two vertical compositions. Also as wide a variety of techniques and subject matter as possible.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Treasure Hunt

A frozen marsh at sunset, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan. This covers the sunset and the cold items of the treasure hunt. I’m assuming -40 degrees is cold enough.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Treasure Hunt

A yellow bicycle in the snow. This covers bicycle and cold on the list of treasure hunt items. Actually, it’s the shadow of a tree on the shed that makes the shot for me.

 

Weekly Prompts: Home Crafts

Sewing a camera strap. This is for sewing in the list of bonus items.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Treasure Hunt

A Blue Tit silhouetted against the rising sun. This covers the sunrise and bird items of the treasure hunt.

 

Little Quill Lake at sunset, WWE #16

This is my contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere Photo Challenge #16 although in this case the surface water is frozen. You would probably have to cut through a couple of feet of ice to get to liquid water.

 

Water Water Everywhere Photo Challenge #16

A frozen section of marsh at Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada. A few months earlier the area had been a staging area for thousands of Snow Geese on autumn migration.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Set in Stone

I had a couple of ideas for the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Set in Stone.

Then on Sunday morning I was down at the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline for the sunrise and forgot the ideas I had been considering. I discovered that some of the boulders along the shoreline were heavily encrusted in ice from the waves breaking over them.

So rather than Set in Stone these are Stones Set in Ice.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Set In Stone

I didn’t notice the two black eyes and little button nose until I was editing the photo.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Set In Stone

No sign of anything watching me in this photo.

 

Fan Of… OM Zuiko 350mm lens, part 2

This is a contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Fan Of… #56 photo challenge and part two of my ramble about the Olympus OM Zuiko 350mm lens I have been using since 1996. If you missed part one it’s here.

Part 2 is about some of the unexpected photos taken with the lens.

 

Fan Of... OM Zuiko 350mm lens part 2

The 350mm lens set up in the snow on the South Bruce Peninsula in 2009.

 

Fan Of... Olympus OM Zuiko 350mm lens

A rain drop in the rain. Taken while waiting for some birds to visit the yard in 2018.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Trees

Hoarfrost covered trees on snow covered farmland at sunrise near Punnichy, Saskatchewan in 1998. I was scouting a location to photograph a moonrise.

 

Fan Of... OM Zuiko 350mm lens

While waiting for the moon to rise over the snow covered farmland in the above photo I photographed a group of White-tailed Deer across a small valley at dusk.

 

Fan Of... OM Zuiko 350mm lens, part 2

A Prairie Lily, the provincial flower of Saskatchewan photographed near Punnichy, Saskatchewan in 1998.

 

A giant sun pillar.

A sun pillar behind Chantry Island, Lake Huron, Ontario in 2005. The biggest and brightest sun pillar I have ever seen made even bigger by using the 350mm.

 

Banded Demoselles.

A female Banded Demoselle egg laying while being watched by a male. Photographed in southern Cheshire in 1997. The insects were in the middle of a water inlet to a reservoir several metres from solid ground. So I used a long forgotten mix of extension tubes and teleconverters behind the lens to get the magnification and close focusing I needed.