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Cosmic Photo Challenge

Guess what this is?

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge prompt is ‘Guess what this is?’

The prompt took me back to the 1980s. In those days BBC Wildlife magazine had a monthly competition for its readers. It was a photo of a mystery species, the first reader to correctly identify the subject won a years subscription to the magazine.

The photo below was used one month, nobody correctly identified the subject.

Anyone interested in what the subject is, scroll down under the photo.

Hairy caterpillar

The photo shows clumps of hair on the caterpillar of a Ruby Tiger Moth.

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52 week photo project

Week 17. Teeth of the Kraken?

Or a row of old wooden pilings sticking out of Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise.

This section of Colpoy’s Bay was covered with ice a week ago.

Teeth of the Kraken.

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Egg laying.

This is the female egg laying in the early morning.

I checked the nestbox early morning and in the evening. Some evenings there was another egg being laid. At the time I assumed that it was the same female laying twice a day but current research suggests that it was probably a second female laying in the evening. Normal clutch size for the Eurasian Blue Tit is seven or eight eggs but as you will see later, there was a lot more eggs laid in this nest.

Female Blue Tit egg laying

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Weekly Photo Challenge

Lines of a fingerprint.

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge is Lines.

The photo shows two overlapping fingerprints in sodium thiosulfate which has crystallized. The crystals were photographed through a microscope using polarized light.

Sodium thiosulfate is used as a photographic fixer in the darkroom as silver halide dissolves in it. Commonly known as Hypo in the days of the black and white darkroom.

A fingerprint in sodium thiosulfate.

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Weekly Photo Challenge

Thirteen lines.

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge is Lines.

A Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel recently emerged from hibernation in Saskatchewan.

I’m not sure which lines on the Ground Squirrels back count towards the thirteen.

Striped Gopher

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Weekly Photo Challenge

Lines of ice at dusk

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge is Lines.

The photo below shows lines of ice between open water. Taken during the spring thaw on Lake Huron. The ice is just off the shoreline between Southampton and Port Elgin, Ontario.

Blue ice at dusk.

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The nest is finished.

The nest is now lined. In this photo one of the birds, probably the female, is burrowing down into the nest to form a cup prior to the start of egg laying.

Forming the cup of the nest.