Yellow Lady’s Slipper Orchids.

The new Cosmic Photo Challenge is Rebirth and Remembrance.

As it’s spring in Ontario it got me thinking about some of the plant species that will be appearing over the next few weeks. One of the plants in this part of Ontario is the Yellow Lady’s Slipper Orchid. As perennial it is reborn each spring and being an Orchid it is associated with remembrance.

Yellow Lady's Slipper.

Some Spring Arrivals.

The new Cosmic Photo Challenge is The Beauty of Spring.

One thing I always look forward to each spring is the arrival of the various  bird species that head north to breed in the summer.

So here’s a selection of recently arrived summer migrants from the U.K. and Canada.

First, a Sedge Warbler photographed at Hurleston Reservoir, Cheshire, England. One of many warbler species that arrive in the U.K. in the spring.

Summer migrant Sedge Warbler.

Next a male Yellow-headed Blackbird in Saskatchewan, Canada proclaiming his territory having recently arrived for the summer.

A male Yellow-headed Blackbird.

Finally, a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak recently arrived in Ontario, Canada for the summer.

Archaic bird photography of a Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

Industrial Stone Work.


This is the Weaver Railway Viaduct, also known as the Northwich Railway Viaduct. Built in 1860 of red sandstone, blue brick and iron.

Half a mile long with forty-eight stone arches and two wrought-iron girder bridges it crosses the River Dane and River Weaver in Northwich, Cheshire, England.

Industrial Stone Work.

Long lasting technology.

The new Cosmic Photo Challenge is Technology.

The photo is of a lift bridge in the village of Wrenbury, Cheshire, England.

The lift bridge was designed by Thomas Telford, built in 1790 and is still in use today. It spans the Llangollen branch of the Shropshire Union Canal and carries traffic over the canal. When a boat comes along the bridge is lifted to allow the boat through.

Wrenbury Mill behind the bridge is now used by a company who rent canal narrow boats for holidays. Part of the hire fleet is visible on the right of the photo.

Wrenbury lift bridge over the Llangollen branch of the Shropshire Union Canal.


The Spirit of a Hummingbird.

The new Cosmic Photo Challenge is IN THE REALM OF THE OTHERWORLDLY.

I spent some time thinking about the challenge before Googling otherworldly which was defined as “relating to an imaginary or spiritual world” and the word spiritual made me think of this photo of a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird from last summer.

After editing the photo last year I thought of it as the spirit of a Hummingbird. I added a film type border as it makes me think of some early photographs that supposedly show fairies or ghosts.

Motion blurred Hummingbird.

A Hint of Spring.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is A Hint of Spring.

Definitely a case of digging into the archives as our weather seems to be worse since the middle of February with no hint of a spring.

In this part of Ontario one of the first signs of spring is the arrival of the American Robins (Turdus migratorius) that will spend the summer with us. The males normally arrive first and fight one another establishing territories hoping to attract a mate when the females arrive.

I picked this shot because this recently arrived male looks like it’s spoiling for a fight with the camera. Taken on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario.

A sign of spring.

A Miscellany of Clouds.

The new Cosmic Photo Challenge is MOVE THE CLOUDS: A HEAVENLY PERSPECTIVE.

Having used neutral density filters to achieve long exposures to blur clouds in the past my initial idea was a photo of clouds streaked across the sky by a long exposure.

Then I thought about some of the strange cloud formations I have photographed. From there I went to some of the photos of clouds in layers.

Finally I ended up here. Then I couldn’t decide between “Cloud Variations” and “A Miscellany of Clouds” as the title.

Some interesting clouds over Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise.

Cloud variations.