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.
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.
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.
A tree trunk leading the eyes to the autumn colour.
A section of the Lake Huron shoreline leads the eyes towards the sunrise.
A row of trees disappear, leading the eyes towards the sun shining through the fog.
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.
This is a contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere Photo Challenge #11.
I had been standing on the dock in Colpoy’s Bay photographing the sunrise when I turned around and saw the reflection of the tree being distorted by the ripples.
This image for Monochrome Monday was taken on a walk around the neighborhood last week.
The original was monochromatic before doing the conversion but I tried to bring out the imprints in the snow when doing the conversion. They were formed by ice from the overhead branches falling into the snow.
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.
A Chipping Sparrow looking up.
A Raccoon looking up, contemplating going after the bird feeders despite me being out in the yard.
A Red-breasted Nuthatch looking up as it feeds in the grass.
This is my day 20 contribution to Becky’s January Squares: Light photo challenge.
An American Red Squirrel in dappled sunlight on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.