Photo Challenges

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Animals

This is my contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Animals.

Having been digitising my slide archives I had various options so I needed to come up with a theme.

In the end I decided to keep it simple and go with one photo from my time in Cheshire, England, one from my time in Saskatchewan, Canada and one from my time in Ontario, Canada.


Cosmic Photo Challenge: Through an Opening

A Red Fox in a hay field at Faddiley, Cheshire, England. A favourite and an easy choice after the photo was used in a field guide to garden wildlife. Rather amusing as it’s fairly obviously in a hay field.


Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Funny Furry Friends

A Striped Skunk on the Middle Quill Lake shoreline, Saskatchewan, Canada in the spring. This was also a relatively easy pick despite having a few animals to select from. I went with this Skunk because a lot of people’s reaction to the photo. I was never concerned about being sprayed. Skunks have very poor eyesight so my trick is to talk calmly to them. That way they know you’re there and you aren’t going to surprise them.


Tuesday Photo Challenge - Animals

An American Red Squirrel in dappled sunlight on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada. This shot was the hardest to select, in the end I went with this photo because it was used in a calendar. I also like the effect of the dappled sunlight filtering through the trees which is why I had set up in that location.


12 replies on “Tuesday Photo Challenge – Animals”

That’s a great tip, David – talk calmly to a skunk. I just hope I have chance to stop myself surprising one before it surprises me! You inspired me to see what kinds there are – your striped one is lovely, and spotted ones took my fancy too.

I didn’t get notification of this comment. I only found it because I was investigating issues with leaving replies on the theme I’m using. My theory is that if you let the animal know you’re there calmly it doesn’t feel threatened. A couple of years before I had a young Striped Skunk in the yard between the deck and the car. I told it I needed to leave so walked down the steps of the deck while talking to it and it just ambled away.

Gisteren op tv bosbranden gezien in Canada: Jezus! Niet te blussen! Vreselijk!
David: “Wat nog meer?”
Friet: “De dieren die u ook fotografeerde: herten, reeën, vossen, vogels, eekhoorntjes en heel, veel uilen … Kortom door de bocht: dieren uit het woud … Op Natuurseries blijf ik altijd hangen.” * * Amsterdam * 22 april 2020

There’s a fire ban in place for all of Ontario during the state of emergency. I’m assuming other provinces have similar bans in place but that’s not going to stop lightening starting fires. There’s very little chance of forest fires around here at the moment, we’ve been getting snow on and off for a few days now.

“talk calmly” to a skunk.
I’ve seen that advice for unexpected encounters with bears in BC.
Luckily, I’ve never had to test it out. For either skunks or bears.

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