Frosted Squirrel.

One from the archives, taken in Saskatchewan, Canada in the late 1990s. And just in case you’re wondering, frosted squirrel is not a recipe.

This Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) was photographed one winter morning at around –30°C. The squirrel has frost on the tips of some of the hairs on its tail despite the sun and the photo being taken in the late morning if I recall correctly.

Eastern Gray Squirrel with frost on its tail.

The spirit of distant rain.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is “The Spirit of Rain” which gave me rather a lot of options to pick from. Especially if you regard snow as white, winter rain.

So many options in fact that this photo was the third or fourth that I considered for this challenge. It was actually taken the day before the photo that had been my previous consideration.

The photo shows storm clouds over Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise. There’s rain falling over the mouth of the bay and White Cloud Island beyond with some interesting clouds over the bay.

Distant rain over Colpoy's Bay at sunrise.

Hart’s Tongue Fern with hoarfrost.

Monochrome Monday could have been a Throwback Thursday as it’s a shot from way back in my archives. Taken in Cheshire, England in the early 1980s when I used to keep a camera loaded with black and white film in my bag.

The upper leaf of this Hart’s Tongue Fern is lying upside down. It’s showing the sori that produce the spores used for reproduction.

It’s known as Hart’s Tongue Fern because the shape of the leaves resembles the tongue of a Hart, a male Red Deer.

Hart's Tongue Fern with hoarfrost.

Under a cloudy sky.

The Traveling At Wits End Weekly Photo Challenge is Under Cloudy Skies.

As seems to be the case for a lot of recent challenges I came up with an idea before changing my mind and finally going with my third or fourth idea.

In the end I decided to go with the occasional consequence of cloudy skies, a rainbow. All I had to do then was decide which rainbow photo.

In the end I went with this double rainbow over a barn on the South Bruce Peninsula. The old barn is a local favourite and I got lucky when the very heavy rain eased off allowing me to line the brighter rainbow up with the barn.

A double rainbow over an old barn.

Walking in the ditch.

A shot from a walk in the last week of 2018. At one point I was considering it for the last week of my 52 week photo project but went with a different shot in the end.

I’ve been meaning to post this shot since then but never got round to it. Then the new Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge was Walking and thought it was rather appropriate.

This was the third or fourth time I had photographed these seed heads, I find their  structure and shape interesting. They’re down in a ditch which can make access to them difficult depending on how much snow and ice there is in the ditch.

Seed head in snow.