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.
This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Nature as Art prompt.
As soon as I read the prompt I had several ideas for the challenge. I decided that any effects in photos I selected had to be done in camera, no heavy editing to get an effect. I also decided that all the photos had to be square, although I can’t really explain that decision.
The centre of a Coneflower. A mix of subject and camera movement coupled with very thin depth of field from the high magnification macro lens.
Autumn tree trunks. Subject isolation with a telephoto lens turns the tree trunks into a pattern.
Isolating a small section of a sunrise with a telephoto lens turns it into a graphic image.
Motion blurred tree trunks. An experiment with moving the camera vertically during exposure.
Shadows of tree trunks across the snow. A straight forward shot with the fallen branch close to following the rule of thirds.
Cloud movement over Colpoy’s Bay. A 60 second exposure at dawn allows the clouds to move across the sky and makes the water appear calm.
This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: The Textures In Your World.
My first thought was photos of texture on snow but I decided to expand on that and go with a selection of photos taken on various walks around the neighborhood over the past few months.
Orange Lichen and green Moss on a limestone boulder.
Ivy leaves and autumn leaves.
This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Look Up.
The first thing that came to mind when I read the prompt was the various bird species I have photographed in the yard as they look up, making sure that there isn’t a predatory species about.
A male American Goldfinch checking the sky.
A Chipping Sparrow looking up.
A Raccoon looking up, contemplating going after the bird feeders despite me being out in the yard.
A Red-breasted Nuthatch looking up as it feeds in the grass.
The latest Cosmic Photo Challenge prompt is rather long and Outer Cold, Inner Warmth: The Comforts in Your Life was giving me a problem coming up with a theme for the challenge.
After a couple of false starts I decided to go with a couple of photos taken when it was cold outside and one takes indoors in the warmth over the recent Christmas break.
I will start of on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline at sunrise the morning after the winter solstice..
Christmas lights on a window with more lights in the warm and comfortable living room beyond.
Some Viennese Shortcakes on a table in the warmth of the living room.