Cee's B & W Photo Challenge

Abandoned House

My contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Any Kind of House.

An abandoned crofters cottage at Elgol on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. I was one of four photography students who spent a week on the Isle of Skye at Easter rather than revising for exams.

This shot was taken on the only morning we had rain. Shortly before taking this shot I had been standing in a stream with the art schools newest large format camera on a tripod in the stream with me.

Abandoned Cottage.

A Photo a Week Challenge


My contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Nostalgia.

Proving that the underwear matches the costume at a period fair (fayre probably) on the town square, Nantwich, Cheshire, England.

Nostalgia at the fair.

An old tractor competing in the Cheshire Ploughing Match in the 1980s.

Nostalgia at the ploughing match.

A final polish for the brass at the steam rally. I don’t know what health and safety would say about climbing up on the machine when there’s a fire in the firebox.

Nostalgia at the steam rally.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge

Terns Legs and Feet

My contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Feet and/or Legs.

I had a few ideas for the challenge before thinking of this sequence of photos taken on the Lake Huron shoreline one spring.

I was photographing a Common Tern on a rock in the water when a second bird flew in with its legs and feet extended for landing.

Two Common Terns

The second bird lands and walks towards the one on the rock. By the front birds wing position it was fairly obvious what was going to happen next.

Ready to mate.

The birds mate, the male using his legs and feet to balance on the back of the female. I’m guessing that they were a well established pair as the male didn’t bring a fish as a courtship offering.

mating Common Terns

After mating both birds started using their legs and feet to scratch and preen.

Preening Common Terns

Throwback Thursday

Almost ready to leave.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in May 1987.

Having documented the complete nesting cycle of a pair of Eurasian Blue Tit it’s now almost time for the young to be leaving the nestbox. It’s getting increasingly cramped and difficult for the adults to find somewhere to stand when feeding the young.

Almost ready to leave the nestbox.

Tuesday Photo Challenge

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Tower

My contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Tower.

You may think that these are photos of a lighthouse but this is actually one of the six Imperial Towers around Lake Huron and Georgian Bay, Ontario and its official title is the Chantry Island Lightstation Tower.

Chantry Island is on Lake Huron a short distance off the shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada. I lived in Southampton for around seven years so was down on the shoreline frequently.

Chantry Island Lighthouse at sunrise.

Imperial Tower at sunrise.

Chantry Island at sunrise with moon.

Chantry Island Lightstation Tower.

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday: 29th May 2019

Wordless Wednesday.

Weekly Prompts

Give us a Smile Grumpy Heron

My contribution to the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge Give us a Smile.

I remember spending some time photographing this Great Blue Heron on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada. The wind was blowing causing the bird to have a bad feather day. I don’t know if that was why the bird appears to be grumpy but I’ve always thought of the bird as Grumpy Heron.

Grumpy Heron.