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What’s in a name?

Most people in Britain call them a Wren, some call them a Jenny Wren. As a bird photographer I captioned the photo below as a Winter Wren when it was taken in the 1990s. The photo was taken in Cheshire, England and at the time the bird was classified as the same species as the Winter Wren found in North America.

However, since researchers started analysing the DNA of species it has been reclassified. In Europe and Asia the bird is now called the Eurasian Wren. The North American Winter Wren has been split into two species, the Winter Wren that can be found in eastern North America and the Pacific Wren found along the Pacific coast of North America. As a result, the North American species also have new scientific names.

So to the photo, a Winter, sorry Eurasian Wren singing to proclaim it’s territory in the spring. Ah, spring, it’s -11°C with a wind chill of -17 as I type this.

Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes), Hurleston Reservoir, Cheshire, England

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2018

Winter Ivy.

The Ivy growing up the tree trunk caught my attention on a winter walk. I did a selective colour treatment on the Ivy and tree trunk while turning the background to monochrome.

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I’d rather be…

The Weekly Photo Challenge is I’d Rather Be…

I’d rather be behind the camera than sitting in front of the computer editing photos.

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Gray on gray.

With some black and some white. Actually the birds bill is red although you can’t tell from this photo. A winter plumage Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) on water in a thick fog taken on Hurleston Reservoir, Cheshire, England.

One from my film archives from the 1990s. Kodachrome probably although you wouldn’t know it from this shot. I do remember that I spent a lot of time racking the focus backwards and forwards as it was very difficult to focus on the bird through the fog.

Black-headed Gull in fog, Hurleston Reservoir, Cheshire, England

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2018

Half ruled Paper Birch bark.

A photo from last weekend that I was considering for week 10 of my 52 week photo project. The pattern on the bark reminded me of ruled paper.

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Cosmic Photo Challenge

Surrealistic virus.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is Simply Surrealistic.

Rather than fire up Photoshop I thought of this image. Created in the darkroom five or six years before anyone had heard of Photoshop. Commissioned for the cover of a book on Influenza research it’s a heavily manipulated photo of a model of an Influenza virus.

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Week 10. Ice in needles.

A small piece of ice resting in Pine needles.

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