Weekly Prompts: Sepia Dandelion Clock.

This is another contribution to the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Sepia which is running throughout the month of August.

A sepia study of a Dandelion clock taken this summer with a 35mm CCTV lens adapted to fit a mirrorless camera.

Weekly Prompts: Sepia Dandelion Clock.

Cee’s B & W: Things Made From Wood.

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Things Made From Wood.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before thinking of some photos from the early 1980s. I decided to go with one photo from last summer and one from 36 years ago. Both feature some old, weathered and worn wood.

First, an interior of a ward in a former small pox hospital. I documented the hospital prior to the site being cleared in the early 1980s. The site was being developed to make way for new medical research facilities.

Cee's B & W Photo Challenge: Things Made From Wood.


The remains of wood piles sticking out of the water on Colpoy’s Bay, South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada. Taken last year, I couldn’t take the shot this summer as the water level in the bay is up this year. Only the tips of the tallest piles are sticking out of the water at the moment.

Cee's B & W Photo Challenge: Things Made From Wood.

A Photo a Week Challenge: What’s For Dinner.

My contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: What’s For Dinner.


Flying Osprey with flying fish.



Female Common Blackbird.


Poppy seeds.

Eating Poppy seeds.



July Squares: Mountain Bluebird.


Fish, again.

American White Pelican with fish.



Eurasian Blue Tit feeding young.

CFFC: Fire Hydrants.

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Fire Hydrants.

Now I know that this isn’t a photo of a fire hydrant. I took a very sideways look at the challenge this week.

My first thought about fire hydrants was of dogs using them to mark their territories. This is what rural dogs use to mark their territories. It’s 11 years since I lived somewhere with fire hydrants. Around here dogs use utility poles to mark their territories.

Except that this pole has been used by something else. The scratches are from a Black Bear either marking its territory or sharpening its claws. There’s some debate between biologists about why they claw trees. Or in this case utility poles. It was quite a large bear by how far up the pole they are.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge.

American White Pelicans.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Saskatchewan in the summer of 1999.

I spent most of the day in the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area. I found a flock of American White Pelicans feeding in a channel where a marsh drains into a section of the lake.

It was a hot day and I wanted to get as close to eye level with the birds as possible. That meant either lying on the bank in the sun or setting up a tripod in the water and sitting behind it in the water.

I had a Uni-Loc tripod with me so it set it up in the water. The Uni-Loc tripods are different from most tripods with the legs in effect reversed. Which means that they can be submerged in water up to the bottom of leg lock. There’s no need to strip the legs down to drain the water and dry the locking mechanisms out unless you go above the leg lock.

The birds were feeding by drifting down the channel letting the water carry them along. These three Pelicans are swimming back up the channel to start again.

Trio of Pelicans.