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From Ground or Water Level

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: From Ground Level prompt.

It was a good prompt for me as I usually try to get to eye level with birds and mammals. This often involves lying on the ground behind the camera.

However, I quickly realised just how many photos I had to pick from. So initially I decided to limit myself to four photos. Then I decided to go with one photo from the past four decades, partly to make the selection easier.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New

1980s. A male Common Blackbird checking 1what the photographer is doing. I was in a ditch photovraphing something when I noticed this male spying on me. Photographed in an abandoned orchard at Faddiley near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

CMMC: Silver or Gold

1990s. A breeding plumage Horned Grebe on a cattle watering hole. I wanted to get as low a viewpoint as possible so had the legs of the tripod fully spread and then stomped them into a mixture of mud and cattle poop before lying behind the camera. Photographed near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Saturday Bird: Juvenile Red Knot

2000s. A juvenile Red Knot resting on the Lake Huron shoreline during autumn migration. The shoreline was too rocky to lie down behind the camera so I was kneeling, trying to get as low a possible. I spent long enough with the birds that they fed, bathed and napped in front of me. Photographed on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Animals

2010s. An American Red Squirrel in dappled sunlight. From the 52 week photo project I did in 2018 when I spent lots of time lying behind the camera photographing birds and mammals. Photographed on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

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Walking In the Trees

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge prompt In the Trees.

A small selection of photos taken on my walks around the neighborhood since the New Year.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: In the Trees
Winter trees with a fisheye lens.
Cosmic Photo Challenge: In the Trees
More green than grey. Lichen on a tree trunk.
Cosmic Photo Challenge: In the Trees
Snow on bare branches with a telephoto lens.
Cosmic Photo Challenge: In the Trees
More grey than green. Lichen on a tree trunk.
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2020: In Monochrome

This week the Cosmic Photo Challenge prompt is Shades of Grey.

As is sometimes the case, I started considering the prompt and went off on a tangent. I decided that my contribution to the prompt would be a look back at a small selection of monochrome images from 2020.

Monochrome Monday: 23rd March 2020

Paper Birch trees again the sky. Taken on a walk around the neighborhood during lockdown a day or two into spring.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Surprise

Backlit Maple leaves in early summer. Taken on another walk around the neighborhood.

Monochrome Monday: 12th October 2020

Storm clouds over Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise in autumn. There was a few mornings last autumn when the cloud cover made me shoot monochrome images.

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Close ups or macros

A close up of some variegated Hosta leaves in summer. One of my favourites from 2020 and taken only a few yards from the back door on the side of the path between the deck and the car.

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A Cold Start

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: A Cold Start prompt.

Travel Tuesday: Berford Lake at dawn

A recent cold start with a bitterly cold wind coming off the water. Dawn over Berford Lake on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Reflections

A cold start in the late 1990s. Sunrise reflected in a frozen and partially snow covered slough near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Nostalgic

A cold start in the early 1980s. A snow and hoarfrost covered Oak tree shortly after sunrise at Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

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Christmas Treats

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Show us your Christmas prompt.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before looking at the coffee table that was covered in Christmas treats.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Show us your Christmas

Butter Cookies.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Show us your Christmas

Jelly Beans with a 35mm CCTV lens adapted to a mirrorless camera.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Show us your Christmas

All Dressed ripple chips (or crisps for some people).

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Cream of the Clouds

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge prompt Cream of the Crop.

Originally I decided to go with a small selection of the more memorable photos from this year. The first photo I picked was of clouds streaking across the sky at dusk. At that point the theme changed to some of the memorable clouds over the year.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New

Clouds streaking across the sky at dusk. A photo from late spring and the first time I tried the Olympus Live Composite feature. The shot that changed the theme of this post.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: From an Unusual Angle

Taken on a walk around the neighborhood shortly after Ontario went into lockdown in the spring. With the lack of aircraft flying at the time the sky seemed bluer and the white, wispy clouds and white Paper Birch trees were a nice contrast against the blue.

2020: Red Streak

Unusual lighting on storm clouds over Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise in the autumn.

Colpoy's Bay at sunrise

A summer morning when I spotted the clouds as I was heading out and made a short detour down to the bay.

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Snow on Stuff

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Snappers Choice prompt which left the theme open.

On a side note, does Snappers Choice sound like canned food for a tame photographer to anyone else?

As we have had grey skies with snow and rain a lot of the time recently I thought I would share a small selection of photos taken on my walks around the neighborhood looking for colour in the snow.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Snappers Choice

Snow on moss and lichen covered boulders snapped a few days ago.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Snappers Choice

A Maple leaf buried under snow after a 40 hour snow storm in late November.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Snappers Choice

And just to show how little some things have changed this year, snow clinging to a leaf in mid January.