Cosmic Photo Challenge: 2019, The Best Of?

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: 2019: The Best Of / The Worst Of?

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge, both of which I abandoned. In the end I decided to simply go with a few of my favourites from the year.

A few days after the spring equinox and Colpoy’s Bay is still frozen. A few days after taking the photo I fell off a ladder and spent the next couple of months in hospital and then rehab.

The fourth day of Spring.

 

On getting out of rehab I realised that I would have to make some changes to the equipment I carry when out and about shooting personal work. With restricted movement in the right shoulder and a weaker right arm I started looking at lighter mirrorless cameras and small manual focus prime lenses. Some Dandelion clocks taken with my Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm lens from the 1970s adapted to fit a small mirrorless camera.

Dandelion seed heads.

 

Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise on the morning of the summer solstice. I was off the crutches and walking with a cane at this point.

Colpoy's Bay at sunrise.

 

Red Maple leaf and Lichen on a boulder. This summed up autumn for me in 2019. Some very good colour but the wind and rain knocking the leaves off.

Six Word Saturday: Red Maple Leaf on a Boulder

 

Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise eight and a bit hours after the winter solstice. It started thawing a few hours after the photo was taken and all the snow has disappeared for now.

Sunrise the morning after the winter solstice

28 thoughts on “Cosmic Photo Challenge: 2019, The Best Of?”

    1. Thanks Dale. I always find it hard picking favourites for the year. It would be a lot easier picking 2018 as the memories of taking the photos have faded and you’re picking on the strength of the image more.

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  1. These are a wonderful tribute to your resilience and ingenuity. The dandelion picture amazed me when I first saw it – the artistic lines, the blur and that single falling seed. I love your feel for colour too. Would you say you have fully recovered yet? I hope 2020 is good to you.

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    1. Thanks Susan. I’m probably 95% recovered. The right arm is still slightly weaker and I don’t have full movement in the right shoulder. I didn’t notice the falling seed until later. I was having a hard time getting in position and looking through the viewfinder so just concentrated on framing and focus.

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  2. These are amazing! Sorry to hear you passed through so much in the making of them, but someone replied earlier, they are a tribute to your creativity and ingenuity. Well done, indeed.❄️❄️❄️

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      1. I know what you mean. I tend to try putting the worst of the year behind me and look forward to a ‘fresh start’ in the New Year. Hope yours is a great one.

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    1. My arm and shoulder is probably around 95% of what it was before the accident. It seems to be taking a long time to get the last 10% back.

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