People at a Groundhog’s Funeral

The new Wits End Weekly Photo Challenge is People.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before remembering photographing Wiarton Willie’s funeral 18 months ago.

Wiarton Willie is a white Groundhog used to forecast the end of winter as a tourist attraction for the South Bruce Peninsula area in the winter. The funeral was for the third or fourth white Groundhog to have the job although some locals claim that there has been more than that with some quietly disposed of.

I thought the idea of a funeral for a Groundhog slightly ridiculous so went along with a camera to take photos for my other photoblog.

The funeral procession being led by bagpipes and drums.

The start of the Wiarton Willie's funeral.

The crowd watching the funeral procession. Notice how many smartphones are recording the event.

Watching Wiarton Willie's funeral procession.

The only TV cameraman to attend the funeral filming one of the crowd who was taking photos.

Photographing the TV cameraman.

The guy in the blue shirt may have been covering the funeral for one of the local newspapers.

Working at the funeral.

Someone in the crowd filming one of the endless speeches by a string of local politicians. The dog was more interested in me.

Filming the politicians.

Old and New

The new Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge is Old and New.

I had a few ideas for the challenge before thinking of some of my nestbox shots of adults feeding young.

This shot is quite a rare event with two adults in the nestbox together, normally there’s only a single adult in the nestbox once they’re feeding young. Taken using a specially constructed nestbox in Cheshire, England.

Two adult Eurasian Blue Tit feeding recently hatched young.

Eurasian Blue Tit nesting story

Monochrome Spring Sunrise.

A monochrome conversion of a sunrise from this time last year as I still have a minimum of three weeks left in rehab recovering from the fall I had in March. I’m hoping to be walking and getting out with a camera by the end of May.

Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise, South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Colpoy's Bay at sunrise.

Unnatural Patterns

The new Cosmic Photo Challenge is Unnatural Patterns.

I can’t decide if these photos are natural or unnatural but I’m going to say they’re unnatural for the challenge.

The photos are of sodium thiosulfate crystals photographed through a microscope using polarized light.  I made a solution of sodium thiosulfate, put drops on microscope slides and used various methods to get the crystals to form. The first photo could be part of one of my fingerprints.

A fingerprint in sodium thiosulfate.

polarized light microscopy

polarized light microscopy

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Less is More

The new Lens-Artists Photo Challenge is Less is More.

As I had been in a minimalist mood for a while before my accident I thought it was a good excuse to review some of the photos.

First, a group of berries. I’m surprised nothing had eaten them.

A group of red berries.

A Maple leaf on the snow.

Maple leaf on fresh snow.

A seed head in winter.

Monochrome seed head.

Some old wood piles sticking out of Colpoy’s Bay.

Wood piles in monochrome.

Seed pods in winter.

Some seed heads in winter.

Finally, snow on a twig.

Snowy twig.