When I read the prompt for Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Birds I considered giving this challenge a miss.
Having had bird photos published everywhere from field guides to calendars over the years there has been a few times when I was embarrassed having my name on the photo credit. Each time was when an editor/publisher converted a colour original into monochrome.
Then I thought about going with a small selection of black and/or white birds. Meaning mostly black and/or white plumage.
Snow Geese on autumn migration in Saskatchewan, Canada.
A Turkey Vulture making sure that the photographer is alive as it glides along the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.
A section of a winter Gull roost takes flight over Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich, Cheshire, England.
Alternative spellings are lichgate, lycugate, lyke-gate or as two words lych gate.
This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Fences and Gates.
The word lych dates back to Old English or Saxon and means corpse. Lychgates are covered gateways into an English churchyard.
The lychgate into the churchyard of St Mary’s Church, Acton, Cheshire, England. A traditional style with an extensive roof.
The lychgate into the churchyard of the Church of St Editha, Church Eaton, Staffordshire, England. A more modern representation of a lychgate. There are several interesting things in the photo, at the left edge of the frame in an old fashioned water pump. Between the water pump and the lychgate is a very worn sandstone step. The step has had so much use that the slab of sandstone has been flipped over to use the other side as the step. Finally, according to my caption on the slide mount the church originally had a tower with the spire added at a later date.
When I read the prompt for Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Tables, Chairs, Picnic Tables I remembered a couple of picnic tables and some benches on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline. As I had to go into town I made a short detour to get some photos of them.
The flood water had dropped a few inches before it froze and I took the photo.
This picnic table was mostly buried in snow and ice until recently. All the rocks around the picnic table and in the snow were thrown there by waves before the shoreline was covered in snow.
These two benches and two more out of shot are less inhospitable than they were last year. Then the water level in Colpoy’s Bay was so high they were effectively on an island and only way to get to them was by wading through the water.
After writing this post I remembered this inhospitable bench I photographed last autumn. Outside the entrance to the abandoned grocery store in Wiarton on the South Bruce Peninsula, the bench is surrounded by Private Property, No Trespassing signs. As if anyone would want to sit down and view the parking lot from it.
This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Words that end in “ock”
I had a few ideas for this challenge and actually went out and took some shots I thought may work for one of the ideas. Then I changed my plans for the post completely.
Living on a limestone peninsula where the bedrock is exposed in lots of locations I thought about rock. There are boulders all around the area and I thought about some of them in the water along the Lake Huron shoreline.
A slow shutter speed allows the wave to blur as it hits the rock.
A fast shutter speed freezes the water in mid air as a wave breaks over a rock.
This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Clouds.
My first thought was of some of my visits to the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline for the sunrise last year. There was a few occasions when the clouds were more interesting than the sunrise and I was deliberately shooting with the intention of converting the shots to monochrome.
So here are four different mornings from last year featuring interesting clouds over Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise.
ThIs is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Roads.
I decided to go with a post of contrasts, an impassable road in summer and a passable with care road in a winter snow storm.
Impassable in the summer, a prairie road in Saskatchewan.
Passable with care during a snow storm, a road through the bush in Ontario.
When I read the prompt for Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Bicycles, Tricycles, Motorcycles and Unicycles I had several ideas for a post.
Having photographed various forms of motorcycle racing in the 1970s and 1980s I had hundreds of black and white photos to pick from. So, of course, I decided to go with monochrome versions of two photos featuring bicycles from last summer.
Passing a Porsche and a Corvette on a bicycle. High Street, Southampton, Ontario.
An old bicycle being used as a decoration for a garden shed on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario.