CFFC: Red Knot

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Needs to have the Letter “K” anywhere in the word.

I started thinking about some of the birds and mammals that have the letter K in their common English names. One of the first species that came to mind was Red Knot, possibly because in Britain the common English name is simply Knot.

Having spent some time with two juvenile Red Knot on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario when they had stopped off on autumn migration I decided to go with a selection of photos showing various activities.

These young birds had hatched from eggs a few months previously and had already traveled a considerable distance from the Canadian arctic. Some Red Knot fly to coastal South America for the winter.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Letter K

Feeding.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Letter K

Bathing.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Letter K

Scratching.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Letter K

Resting.

 

CFFC: Vanishing Point or Leading Lines

A contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Vanishing Point or Leading Lines.

My first thought was of roads disappearing off in the distance.

Having spent part of the winter making digital copies of my slide archives I had found several photos of roads suitable for the challenge so I decided to go with my initial thought.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Vanishing Point or Leading Lines

A road through Badenoch in the Scottish Highlands in the autumn.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Vanishing Point or Leading Lines

A closed road near Raymore, Saskatchewan that didn’t have a Road Closed sign stopping you turning onto it.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Vanishing Point or Leading Lines

Motorcycles in fog on their way to the Dragon Motorcycle Rally in Snowdonia, Wales. Taken in the early 1980s when I was field testing Ilford XP1 prior to its launch.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Vanishing Point or Leading Lines

A gravel road on the Bruce Peninsula, Ontario heads towards a section of the Niagara Escarpment.

 

CFFC: Autumn Scenes

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

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before deciding to concentrate on one area, Bickerton Hill in Cheshire, England.

A view from the top of Bickerton Hill looking down onto some woodland below.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Autumn Scenes

 

Fly Agaric fungi growing amongst some Silver Birch trees on top of the hill.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Autumn Scenes

 

Autumn colour on the side of a section of the hill.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Hill.

 

Fallen Horse Chestnuts (or conkers to some British school children) on the ground under a Horse Chestnut tree at the bottom of the hill.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Autumn Scenes

 

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.

CFFC: Spring Scenes

When I read the prompt for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Spring Scenes my first thought was of the various birds and mammals that return or are preparing to breed in the spring. I decided to go with a small selection across the years and various places that I have lived.

A pair of Great Crested Grebes performing the weed waving part of their courtship display in Cheshire, England.

displaying Great Crested Grebes

 

A Richardson’s Ground Squirrel looking for something to eat after emerging from its burrow in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Richardson's Ground Squirrel in the spring.

 

A male Common Merganser on Lake Huron as the winter ice breaks up in the spring thaw, Ontario, Canada.

A male Common Merganser amongst ice on Lake Huron

CFFC: Winter Scenes

Thinking about Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Winter Scenes it occurred to me that it’s now 20 years since I moved to Ontario. So I decided to limit myself to photos of winter in Ontario.

2004. Chantry Island and its lighthouse at sunset with frazil ice on Lake Huron in the foreground.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Winter

 

2008. Chantry Island at sunset with a frozen and partially snow covered Lake Huron in the foreground. I’m not sure if I was standing on the shoreline or the frozen lake when I took the photo.

Bank of cloud at sunset.

 

2012. Snow on a Pine tree branch.

Pine branch with snow.

 

2018. A frozen and partially snow covered Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise with the Niagara Escarpment on the horizon.

A frozen Colpoy's Bay at sunrise.