My plan for twenty-nineteen.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge prompt is “My Vision For Twenty-nineteen” which in the early hours of Monday morning seems rather appropriate.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) I will be posting week 52, the last entry of my 52 week photo project for 2018. I wasn’t planning on having a project for 2019. I am dealing with health issues and family issues back in the U.K. and don’t know if I will be able too stick to a project for 2019.

However, due to not being able to sleep I have been considering a project or plan for 2019. It’s still not fully formed and I may not be able to follow a routine due to the various issues but I have the beginnings of a project.

I’m going to call it “Monochrome Minimalism” or “Minimalistic Monochrome” or maybe something completely different as I’m typing this in the early hours when it seems like a good idea.

So here’s a minimalistic monochrome Maple leaf on snow from a recent walk.

Minimalist Maple leaf.

Hoarfrost on Cotoneaster.

One from the archives taken in Cheshire, England in the mid 1990s. I think this is Cotoneaster horizontalis, commonly grown in gardens and popular with some species of birds in the winter due to the berries. It is native to western China but is well established in the U.K. where some consider it my be becoming invasive.

I have two copies of the original slide. The first, done several years ago has a much warmer colour than this version edited last winter. I normally prefer a warmer colour balance to a shot but for this post went with the cooler colour balance.

Hoarfrost on Cotoneaster berries.

Colpoy’s Bay sunrise, week 51.

Thursday morning of week 51 saw me down at Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise. I headed to the Government Dock in Colpoy’s Bay. There had been no access during part of the autumn while the end of the dock was repaired so I hadn’t been down there much since the summer.

Access can be difficult in the winter if there’s too much snow on the ground but we’d had a thaw earlier in the week. I had been down there the previous afternoon for the sunset so I knew the access would be no problem in the dark.

This shot was taken from the path to the dock rather than out on the dock just before the sun rose over the Niagara Escarpment on the east side of Colpoy’s Bay.

Sunrise over Colpoy's Bay and the Niagara Escarpment.

 

Black-capped Chickadee taking flight.

Throwback Thursday travels back nine years and about 7 metres (approximately 23 feet) from where I am sitting typing this post. Taken during the first winter after we moved here in the autumn.

It’s also a follow-up of sorts to last week’s Throwback Thursday as both photos were taken the same day. They were taken when I was testing a 1.4x teleconverter, used to increase the magnification of a lens by 40%.

It shows a Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) taking flight. Unlike last week’s Red-breasted Nuthatch we’ve still got lots around the feeders and yard this winter.

A Black-capped Chickadee taking off.

Best of the year shot?

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is Best of the year shot?

This has caused my some problems. As I have been doing a 52 week photo project this year do I pick one of my weekly picks? Another option is one of my 2018 shots that has been published elsewhere.

Then I discovered that some of the shots published elsewhere I was considering had been used in various posts during 2018. One had been a weekly pick and another had been a Wordless Wednesday post.

In fact I hadn’t decided which photo I was going to use when I started this post. Actually putting some of this down has helped me make a pick.

I’m going with my pick for Week 29. A bird in the rain.

Published in this blog on July 22nd it’s also the month of September in a 2019 birds calender and shows a young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the rain.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the rain.