Canadian flag at sunrise.

One from the archives, taken 11 years ago on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

The Canadian flag is at the bottom of High Street in Southampton. It was erected to commemorate the 135th anniversary of Southampton and is 135 feet high. The flag is 50 feet by 25 feet.

I had the tripod set up on the beach to the south shooting a variety of compositions of the backlit flag when a family party of Canada Geese flew north along the shoreline. I waited for them to fly into the frame so I could get a shot of them and the flag.

Canada Geese and a Canadian flag.

Throwback Thursday

Feeding on Poppy seeds.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire in the 1980s. The juvenile Eurasian Blue Tit is feeding on a Poppy seed head.

The photo is interesting for a couple of reasons. The juvenile Blue Tit is ringed. I did some research and the closest ringing location I could find was three miles away in a straight line. Which means that this juvenile has already travelled some distance from where it was ringed. Being a juvenile it could have been ringed when it was still in the nestbox.

Also interesting is that the bird is feeding on Poppy seeds after pecking a hole in the seed head. I have seen adult Blue Tits feeding this way. So did the juvenile bird learn this behavior by watching an adult or is it instinctive behavior to peck open seed heads?

Eating Poppy seeds.

Wordless Wednesday

Looking at the lens.

American Red Squirrel.


Some interesting clouds at sunrise.

One from the archives as this summer has been lacking interesting clouds and colour.

This is before the sun came up over Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment from two years ago. The sailboat in the photo was a regular summer feature since I moved to the area although it hasn’t been moored there this summer.

Taken from the dock in the village of Colpoy’s Bay. I went down to the dock last Sunday morning to find it and the parking area closed as the dock is being repaired.

Clouds and colour at sunrise.

Cosmic Photo Challenge

Deux chevaux.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is “Get your motors running: cool cars that caught your eye.

I had photo picked for the challenge but changed my mind and went in a completely different direction. I went from a high tech rally car competing in a World Championship Rally to a much older and simpler design of vehicle.

The photo shows a Citroen 2CV taken this summer at the Wiarton Air and Auto Extravaganza at Wiarton Airport, Ontario, Canada. It was one of only three European cars at the show. The 2CV was built by Citroen from 1948 until 1990. This one is from the 1980s I’m guessing. Deux chevaux is the French for two horses, 2CV means two steam horses.

I was living in the U.K. when these were popular with some but a source of amusement for more people. Looking back maybe the owners of the 2CV had a point. It’s a basic vehicle with minimal electrical systems, a simple engine and long travel suspension. A vehicle that probably only require a basic toolkit for most repairs.

I wonder how many French cars from the 1980s are in Canada.

Deux chevaux.

Monochrome Monday

Fog on the bay.

Monochrome Monday is going back a week. I went down to Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise but a fog bank rolled across the bay before the sun came up. That gave me the opportunity to shoot some monochrome compositions.

Fog on Colpoy's Bay.

52 week photo project

Week 34. Green in front of green.

Week 34 of my 52 week photo project saw me lying in the yard trying for shots of an Eastern Gray Squirrel that appeared in the yard recently. While waiting for the Squirrel I was watching and photographing various birds in the yard.

This juvenile Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) is sitting on a branch ready to chase rivals away from the Hummingbird feeder.

Green on green.