Weekly Prompts

Weekly Prompts: Home Crafts

The Weekly Prompts: Home Crafts challenge was rather well timed. The evening after the prompt was posted I was planning on getting my sewing kit out to make up a couple of straps for a camera.

I have plenty of experience making camera straps after designing and sewing prototype straps when I was working on carrying solutions for nature photographers with a specialist company in the mid 1990s.

I made up two straps for the camera, a conventional adjustable neck strap and a sling type strap seen here. This sling type is worn bandolier style with the camera hanging at my right hip. All my camera straps use snap hooks to attach to the camera. I replace the normal triangular strap attachments on a camera with round split rings so I can quickly connect and disconnect a strap.

Weekly Prompts: Home Crafts


After the straps were sewn and the photos taken I dumped my various sewing threads out for a more colourful shot. A lot of the colours seen here are an approximate match for camera bags and various other photo related items.

Weekly Prompts: Home Crafts


Cee's B & W Photo Challenge

Signs in the Snow

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: All Sorts of Signs.

I find both these signs amusing in the winter. I gave them both a spot colour treatment for a splash of colour in the snow.

This warning sign of a 90 degree bend on a local back road is slightly deceiving. If you turn right you head towards the nearest town. Turning left takes you onto a narrow, dead end gravel road that may or may not be passable without a 4×4 due to snow drifts. Some years it also gets washed out during the spring thaw.

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: All Sorts of Signs


These No Parking signs on a utility pole must be so people don’t park on the chest high snow bank.

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: All Sorts of Signs


Monthly Squares

January Squares: Last-light

This is my day 31 and therefore last contribution to Becky’s January Squares: Light photo challenge. A big thank you to Becky for running this fun challenge.

So I thought another made up, hyphenated title was in order to go with my post to start the month, First-light.

The sun sets over Lake Huron with Chantry Island on the horizon. Lake Huron is frozen and partially snow covered.

January Squares: Last-Light

Throwback Thursday

Snow and Hoarfrost Covered Oak Tree

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the late 1980s. Back then England still had spells of winter weather.

One wintry spell saw me on a back road near the town of Audlem in southern Cheshire. When I saw this snow and hoarfrost covered Oak tree I had to find somewhere to park and get a photo. I have posted a similar shot before but this version has more of the branches of a second Oak tree in the top of the frame and slightly more road in the foreground.

Throwback Thursday: 30th January 2020

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge

On the Hunt for Joy: Sit in the Sunshine

This is my contribution to Cee’s On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Sit in the Sunshine.

One photo came to mind almost instantly when I read the prompt for week 4 of the challenge. After that it was simply a case of finding a couple more photos to go with it.

A Dunnock sitting in the sun in Hatherton, Cheshire, England. Its feathers are fluffed up because it’s sunbathing which is why it came to mind so quickly.

Sunbathing Dunnock.


A Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel sits in the sun having just emerged from its burrow in the spring. Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Feeding Ground Squirrel.


An American Red Squirrel sitting in the sun on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Six Word Saturday: Where Did I Leave My Nuts?

Monthly Squares

January Squares: Range-light

This is my day 30 contribution to Becky’s January Squares: Light photo challenge and I’m back to hyphenating words together for the penultimate day.

This is the range light at the mouth of the Saugeen River in Southampton, Ontario at dawn. There are two of these lights on the river, the other is up the river a few hundred yards and higher. The two lights can be used to guide boats into the dock in the mouth of the river from out on Lake Huron.

January Squares: Range-light

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday: 29th January 2020

Wordless Wednesday: 29th January 2020