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CFFC: Graffiti and Murals

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Graffiti and Murals although the photo isn’t really about either.

Taken last summer I gave the photo the pretentious title of ‘A Study in Blue’ as a joke and as a tip of the hat to the Sherlock Holmes story ‘A Study in Scarlet’ which is the first of the Sherlock Holmes stories.

Rather amusingly, the photo features both a mural and graffiti. In the background there is a black fence which is a smoking area for people in the cafe next to it. Patrons were given sidewalk chalk to decorate the fence.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Graffiti and Murals

 

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CFFC: Anything Man Made

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Anything Man Made.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before deciding to go with two photos showing a huge difference in man made objects made centuries apart.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Narrow

This is a section of the city walls in Chester, England. Parts of this section are Roman with medieval additions with the tower probably built in 13th century. 

 

Close up of sprinkles on a donut.

 

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CFFC: Sense of Smelling

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Smelling.

I was stuck for an idea for the prompt until remembering a comment someone made on Facebook after I had posted a photo of a moto cross bike from the 1970s. The comment was about the distinctive smell from a lot of racing engine’s in those days.

It was the smell of Castrol R, an oil that contained a percentage of Castor seed oil giving a very distinctive smell to the exhaust fumes.

A couple of photos from my local moto cross circuit in the late 1970s, Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Smelling

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Smelling

 

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CFFC: Sense of Tasting

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Tasting.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before thinking about some of the insect species that make themselves poisonous or at least taste bad by various means.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Tasting

These are Cinnabar Moth caterpillars feeding on Ragwort, a poisonous plant. As they feed they build up toxins from the plant. The yellow and black bands serve as a warning to potential predators.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Tasting

This is a Six Spot Burnet moth. The red spots serve as a warning to potential predators that the moth is poisonous and if attacked it produces a liquid that contains cyanide.

 

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CFFC: Sense of Hearing

My idea for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Hearing quickly came to mind. Waking up in the spring to various birds singing and calling to proclaim their territories made it an obvious choice.

In the spring the males of lots of bird species are proclaiming their territories by singing and calling. As much as humans may enjoy hearing some of these songs they’re doing it to let rival males know they’re claiming the area as their territory and to attract a female.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Hearing

A European Robin proclaims the area as his territory, Faddiley, Cheshire.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

A male Yellow-headed Blackbird proclaiming his territory in Saskatchewan.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Hearing

A Tree Pipit singing from the top of a tree on Bickerton Hill in southern Cheshire.

 

One Word Sunday: Inspiration

A male Red-winged Blackbird proclaiming his territory in Saskatchewan.

 

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CFFC: Sense of Touching

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Touching.

The first thing that came to mind when I read the prompt was of some wader (shorebird) species that use their bills to find food in water, sand or mud.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Through an Opening

American Avocets feeding on a slough near Punnichy, Saskatchewan. The sense of touch in use here is when the birds sweep their slightly open bills through the water feeling for anything edible.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Letter K

An immature Red Knot feeding on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario on its autumn migration. The bird is using the sense of touch in its bill to probe for food in the sand under the rocks on the shoreline.

 

Feeding Marbled Godwit.

A Marbled Godwit feeding in a marsh between Little Quill Lake and Middle Quill Lake, Saskatchewan. The bird is using the sense of touch in its bill to probe the mud for worms and anything else edible.

 

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CFFC: Sense of Sight

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Seeing.

I started thinking about some of the species that use their sense of sight to eat. That got me thinking about some of the bird species that can see and catch fish. Here are two very different birds carrying very different fish they had caught in Lake Huron.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Seeing

A Caspian Tern with a small fish in its bill flies along the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada. I’m guessing the fish is for the birds mate or young as it hadn’t swallowed it.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Seeing

An Osprey carries a recently caught White Sucker towards the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada. It’s under attack from two Herring Gulls and will have to drop the fish in a few seconds.