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Some Spring Birds

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: New life emerging prompt.

There’s very little sign of spring around this part of Ontario at the moment, we got snow last Thursday.

So I decided to go with a small selection of of bird species that have started appearing on spring migration.

Saturday Bird: Pine Siskin

A Pine Siskin in spring. They stopped off in autumn on their way south and again on their way north in spring.

January Squares: Up #31

A male American Goldfinch. We had a couple of American Goldfinch on and off over winter but suddenly the male is getting his bright yellow breeding plumage.

January Squares: Up #26

A Chipping Sparrow. The first of the New World Sparrows to arrive this year. The first species is usually the Song Sparrow but I still haven’t had one this spring.

One Word Sunday: Spring

A Dark-eyed Junco. The first Juncos arrived a week or so ago and there was still at least six here at the weekend.

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Snow Art

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Art for art’s sake prompt.

I thought about some of the abstract images I had made in the winter. As a result I decided to make the post about some of the photos featuring snow

Silent Sunday: 27th December 2020
Monochrome Monday: 1st March 2021
Wordless Wednesday: 30th December 2020
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As the evenings start to lengthen

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: As the evenings start to lengthen prompt.

I quickly decided to go back to pre Covid-19 times when I could get out and about more. Then I remembered the spring of 2008. The last spring I was living in Southampton, Ontario and a year when there was some interesting snow and ice formations on Lake Huron.

Throwback Thursday: 4th March 2021

Late winter and this section of Lake Huron is frozen and partly snow covered. Chantry Island and its lighthouse is on the horizon.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: As the evenings start to lengthen

Chantry Island and its lighthouse at sunset a day or two after the spring equinox. Lake Huron in the foreground has partially thawed and refrozen.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Dusk

A week into spring and there’s some interesting ice formations and patches of open water on Lake Huron at dusk.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: As the evenings start to lengthen

Two weeks into spring and the only ice left is small pieces in the shallows along the shoreline. Chantry Island on the horizon at sunset.

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Against the Wind

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Against the Wind prompt.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Against the Wind

A windswept monochrome landscape on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Morning

Wind driven waves crashing over rocks on the Lake Huron shoreline at sunrise.

Clouds moving over Colpoy's Bay at dawn.

Wind driven clouds moving across Colpoy’s Bay at dawn.

A Saturday Bird: A Ring-billed Gull on Patrol

A Ring-billed Gull patrolling the Lake Huron shoreline against the wind.

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Before the Leaves

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Before the Leaves prompt.

I thought about some of my walks around the neighborhood over the past couple of months. The first photo I selected worked nicely as a square crop so I decided to go with all square crops.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Before the leaves
An impression of trees in snow with intentional camera movement.
Cosmic Photo Challenge: Before the leaves
Looking up at bare trees with a fisheye lens.
Cosmic Photo Challenge: Before the leaves
Autumn leaves in winter, isolating splashes of colour with a telephoto lens.
Cosmic Photo Challenge: Before the leaves
Another impression of trees in snow with intentional camera movement.
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First Hints of Spring

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: First Hints of Spring prompt.

It was snowing hard when Dale posted the prompt so my contribution is from my archives.

Throwback Thursday: 16th April 2020

Two hints of spring, a male Orange Tip Butterfly feeding on Bluebells in Cheshire, England.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Dusk

A hint of spring, ice on Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada breaking up during the spring thaw.

April Squares: Singing from the Top of the Cattail

A hint of spring, a recently arrived male Yellow-headed Blackbird singing to proclaim his territory in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Hints of Spring

A hint of spring, a male Common Merganser swimming amongst ice on Lake Huron at Southampton, Ontario, Canada during the spring thaw. The Common Merganser is known as the Goosander in Europe.

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Forms of Water

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Solid, liquid and gas prompt.

After two weeks of snow and below normal temperatures there was an obvious choice for this prompt, water in its various forms.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Treasure Hunt
Solid and gas. Ice on a section of frozen marsh at Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada in winter. Clouds overhead are part water vapour although at -40° there can be very little water vapour at ground level.
Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Winter
Solid and gas. Solid in the form of snow and ice on Lake Huron. Gas in the form of the water vapour in the clouds over Chantry Island and its lighthouse, Southampton, Ontario at sunset.
One Word Sunday: Whatchamacallit
Liquid and gas. The water of Colpoy’s Bay on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario as the liquid and clouds over the bay as gas in the form of water vapour.
Six Word Saturday: Fishing in the Mist at Sunrise
Liquid and gas. Mist containing water vapour rising up off the water of Colpoy’s Bay on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario at sunrise.