Cosmic Photo Challenge

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

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.

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.

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.

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.❄️❄️❄️

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.

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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