Having spent a lot of my spare time digitising my slide archives over the winter the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Inside was rather well timed.
I now have digital copies of most of the nestbox interiors documenting the nesting cycle of various hole nesting species. So here’s the inside of three different nestboxes and three different species using them.
An adult Eurasian Blue Tit feeding young. The adult has an unidentified insect in its bill.
A male House Sparrow feeding young.
Juvenile Great Tits begging for food having just heard an adult land at the nestbox entrance hole. Occasionally the adults will take a break from the constant feeding to feed themselves and do some feather maintenance. As a result, all the young are hungry when feeding resumes.
The Cosmic Photo Challenge: Macro prompt was rather well timed. I have spent part of the winter digitising my slide archives that include hundreds of macro images.
A Ruby-tailed Wasp. Given that the ruby red tail is usually covered by the wings a more appropriate name would be an Emerald-bodied Wasp.
Fly Agaric fungi cap detail.
A portrait of a Common Quaker Moth.
Spines on a Teasel seed head in the autumn.
When I read Dale’s prompt for the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Spring has Sprung it was -13°C feeling like -16 in the wind and we’d had 4 inches of snow the day before.
So here is my take on the challenge, three photos of the local bay in March over the last three years. Can anyone see any signs of spring?
Open water on Colpoy’s Bay in March 2020.
A frozen Colpoy’s Bay in March 2019.
A frozen and partially snow covered Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise in March 2018.
This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Liquids.
Liquid turning into solid at sunrise as waves form icicles on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
A Common Swift feeding on insects over the surface of Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich, Cheshire, England. This is a young bird by the brown body. It was one of around a dozen birds feeding over the water surface.
Half a cup of coffee. This is the third version of half a cup of coffee I have used in blog posts using two different cups of coffee and three different lenses. This version was photographed with the 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens.
A Ring-billed Gull feeding in the surf on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada. The Ring-billed Gulls will often feed in the surf, either standing on shoreline or patrolling up and down watching for anything edible that gets washed up.
I had a couple of ideas for the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Set in Stone.
Then on Sunday morning I was down at the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline for the sunrise and forgot the ideas I had been considering. I discovered that some of the boulders along the shoreline were heavily encrusted in ice from the waves breaking over them.
So rather than Set in Stone these are Stones Set in Ice.
I didn’t notice the two black eyes and little button nose until I was editing the photo.
No sign of anything watching me in this photo.
When I read Dale’s prompt for the Cosmic Photo Challenge: The Dark and the Light I thought it was a good one.
Twenty four hours and half a dozen ideas for a post later I was having second thoughts about how good a prompt it was. In fact I started writing this having finally decided on a theme only to rethink it and change tack completely before going back to my first choice.
The Dark. Two photos of Black Terns taken as they fed over a road side marsh in Saskatchewan, Canada.
The Light. Two photos of Common Terns mating on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.
When I read the Cosmic Photo Challenge: From Above prompt it was rather well timed.
I had recently been for a walk around the neighborhood with a camera and had picked up a pocket full of Pine cones from out of the snow. I had emptied my pocket onto the top of a kitchen cupboard to let the Pine cones dry out.
While on the walk I had spotted this Maple leaf trapped in some tracks in the snow. By the size of the tracks and the stride length either a large dog or a Coyote made the tracks.
To continue the From Above theme, while I had the camera set up above the kitchen cupboard I grabbed the nail brush from by the sink. The bristles make me think of bacteria through an electron microscope.