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A Photo a Week Challenge: Opening

This is my contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Opening.

A couple of hours after the challenge was posted I went for a walk around the neighborhood with a camera. Spring has arrived on the South Bruce Peninsula in the past week with lots of leaves opening on many of the local Maple trees.

As a result I decided to go with opening leaves as the theme for my contribution to the challenge.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Opening

The different colours almost make the opening leaves look like blossom.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Opening

A closer look at some of the opening Maple leaves.

 

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Fleeting

I had a few ideas for the A Photo a Week Challenge: Fleeting but none of them really worked for me until I started thinking about some of the “grab shots” I remember taking over the years.

I remembered sitting in a garden shed I was using as a hide (blind) waiting for the resident European Robin to land on the telephoto lens I had set up. While waiting for the bird I noticed a pair of House Sparrows mating in the hedge. I swung the lens around and managed to get three photos before it was all over.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: The Birds and the Bees

House Sparrows mating in a garden hedge.

 

Some time later one of the shots of the mating House Sparrows was published in BBC Wildlife magazine. None of the photos of the European Robin on the lens have been published but I have been using a version as my avatar for years.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Fleeting

The European Robin on a telephoto lens in a Cheshire garden.

 

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Summer Vacation 2020

This is my contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Summer Vacation 2020.

The prompt is about an ideal, dream vacation given the Covid-19 pandemic that makes vacation plans somewhat irrelevant at the moment. Which gave me the opportunity to look back and consider where I would like to return to with a digital camera.

Before the list of locations became too long I made sure only summer ones were on the list. This quickly made one location stand out, south central Saskatchewan.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Summer Vacation 2020

A summer plumage male American Goldfinch spying on the photographer. Photographed near the village of Punnichy.

 

Weekly Prompts: Boundaries

A female Wilson’s Phalarope on the shoreline of Middle Quill Lake.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Summer Vacation 2020

A male Mountain Bluebird with food for the young in a nearby nest. Photographed near the village of Punnichy.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Summer Vacation 2020

A Marbled Godwit in a marsh at Little Quill Lake.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Through an Opening

Summer plumage American Avocets feeding on a slough near the village of Punnichy.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Connect

An American White Pelican on a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area.

 

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Peaceful Place

This is my contribution to Nancy’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Peaceful Place.

One local location came to mind almost immediately when I thought about the prompt. A section of the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline that’s usually peaceful at sunrise.

A small selection of photos from August last year to January this year.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Peaceful Place

August 2019. Some interesting cloud formations over Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise.

 

Six Word Saturday, a sixty second exposure at dawn.

September 2019. A sixty second exposure at dawn allows the clouds to move across the sky during exposure.

 

Six Word Saturday: Red Maple Leaf on a Boulder

October 2019. A red Maple leaf on a Lichen covered boulder.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Fantasy

November 2019. An ice formation on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline at sunrise.

 

Silent Sunday: 29th December 2019

December 2019. The morning after the winter solstice if I remember correctly.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Welcome to the '20s

January 2020. Interesting clouds over Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise.

 

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Glass

The prompt for the A Photo a Week Challenge: Glass was rather well timed for me. I had been photographing part cups of coffee and a variety of other glass objects a month or so ago. Then I thought about what some photographer’s refer to as glass.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Glass

A partially drunk cup of coffee. I used a gold reflector to bounce some of the light back onto the glass.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Glass

Detail of a drinking glass illuminated with a mix of natural and artificial light.

 

On the Hunt for Joy: Put Your Collections on Display

What some photographer’s refer to as their glass.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Junk

A photographer’s broken glass.

 

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Changing Seasons

This is my contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Changing Seasons prompt.

There’s no real signs of spring around here yet but we had a mild winter with not a lot of snow so we may have an early spring. The possibility of an early spring is shown in these three photos of Colpoy’s Bay in the first week of spring over the last three years.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Changing Seasons

24th March 2018. Refrozen after a partial thaw.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Changing Seasons

24th March 2019. Still frozen.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Changing Seasons

22nd March 2020. Open water, the bay hardly started freezing last winter.

 

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Up In The Air

This is my contribution to Nancy’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Up In The Air.

The prompt got me thinking about the times I have pointed the camera upwards to photograph clouds. Sometimes I leave a small strip of the landscape in to give the photo a sense of scale.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Up In The Air

A section of Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada at sunset in the autumn.

 

Silent Sunday: 16th February 2020

A frozen and partially snow covered Lake Huron at sunset with Chantry Island and its lighthouse on the horizon. Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Traditions.

Canada Day fireworks in the town of Wiarton from across Colpoy’s Bay on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Chaos

Snow Geese on autumn migration flying to roost at sunset over Middle Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.