Weekly Prompts: Unusual

One photo immediately came to mind when I read the Weekly Prompts: Unusual prompt.

It was this photo of a leucistic juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker. Leucism is a lack of dark pigmentation making the affected species look a little like an albino. The pale brown areas on the birds head would normally be black.

Throwback Thursday: Great Spotted Woodpecker.

 

Then I thought about this photo. It shows a male Black-throated Blue Warbler pretending it’s an Oriole by eating the grape jelly in an Oriole feeder. As a member of the Wood Warbler family, or New World Warbler family depending on which reference you use, it normally feeds on insects.

Male Black-throated Blue Warbler.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Leading Lines

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Leading Lines.

The prompt gave me a bit of a challenge, while I know about leading lines I rarely seem to use them. Going back through my archives it appears I have never used them regularly.

Clouds zigzag, leading the eyes to the rising sun on Colpoy’s Bay, Ontario.

Six Word Saturday: Sun just peeking over the horizon

 

A tree trunk leading the eyes to the autumn colour.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Leading Lines

 

A section of the Lake Huron shoreline leads the eyes towards the sunrise.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Lakeshore.

 

A row of trees disappear, leading the eyes towards the sun shining through the fog.

Foggy trees.

January Squares: Pillar of Sunlight

Technically it’s correctly known as a sun pillar but pillar of sunlight was to good an opportunity to miss for day 21 of Becky’s January Squares: Light photo challenge.

Sun pillars form when there are suitably aligned ice crystals suspended in the air at sunrise or sunset. This rather large sun pillar formed behind Chantry Island on Lake Huron, Ontario shortly after sunset. I had been photographing the interesting layers of  cloud with a telephoto lens when the sun pillar formed so was ready for it.

January Squares: Pillar of Sunlight

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Look Up

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Look Up.

The first thing that came to mind when I read the prompt was the various bird species I have photographed in the yard as they look up, making sure that there isn’t a predatory species about.

A male American Goldfinch checking the sky.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Look Up

 

A Chipping Sparrow looking up.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Look Up

 

A Raccoon looking up, contemplating going after the bird feeders despite me being out in the yard.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Candid

 

A Red-breasted Nuthatch looking up as it feeds in the grass.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Look Up