CFFC: Summer Scenes

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Summer Scenes.

The first image that came to mind wasn’t really a “scene” in the sense of a landscape. It was more to do with the memory of a hot summer day and sitting in the water with a large group of American White Pelicans. They were fishing in a channel where a marsh drained into a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Summer Scenes


An early summer morning on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

Friendly Friday: Sunrise.


The low sun of a summer evening illuminates the tops of the trees on Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England.

Low sun on tree tops.


The low evening sun casts long shadows and illuminates an old barn on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

An old barn 30 minutes before sunset.

January Squares: Polarised-light

This is my day 23 contribution to Becky’s January Squares: Light photo challenge and another fake, hyphenated word.

These are Sodium Thiosulfate crystals photographed through a microscope using polarised light. I should also note that I edited the text twice, changing the s in polarised to a z and then back to s. I’m a Brit and the photo was taken in England so it’s s.

January Squares: Polarised-light

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Trees

The Tuesday Photo Challenge – Trees was one of those prompts that gave me so many ideas it was difficult coming up with a theme.

So I decided to go with a tour of the decades starting with a one of my earliest photos. So early in fact that the original negative got lost or damaged and I ended up photographing the scene again when we got snow a couple of years later.

Trees in the snow, Hatherton, Cheshire, England in the 1970s.

trees in snow, Hatherton, Cheshire, England.


Snow dusted trees in the mist at sunrise, Hatherton, Cheshire, England in the 1980s.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Trees


Trees and their shadows, Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England in the 1990s.

Trees and their shadows on farmland.


Hoarfrost covered trees on snow covered farmland at sunrise, Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada in the 1990s.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Trees


Trees in autumn on the Niagara Escarpment, South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada in the 2010s.

Golden hour autumn colour.

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.