Squares.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is Squares. I had a few ideas for the challenge but this ended up an obvious choice with squares of wire mesh holding peanuts for the birds.

This is a male Eurasian Siskin (Spinus spinus) feeding on peanuts in a garden in Cheshire, England. Although a year round resident in the U.K. it is more commonly seen in the winter when it comes to bird feeders.

This is the way most people see Siskins which probably explains why a magazine editor used this photo over others shots of the species in natural settings that I had submitted.

Eurasian Siskin on peanuts.

Rings in circles.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is Circles.

I was in a retro mood this week and was using an old digital camera and four manual focus prime lenses. I was also planning on shooting with the intention of converting the shots to monochrome adding to the retro mood.

The monochrome plan fell through after a walk on Sunday afternoon when I left all the shots in colour. I spotted these stacked logs when heading in the grocery store Sunday morning. My plan was to look for a Circles image when I was in town but nothing caught my eye so made sure that my afternoon walk took me past the firewood.

Circles of firewood.

Chantry Island Lighthouse in silhouette.

This is a second response to this week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge which is Shadows, Shapes and Silhouettes.

This is the lighthouse on Chantry Island just off the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada. Taken just as the sun drops behind the island.

Silhouetted lighthouse at sunset.

 

Audlem Church in silhouette.

The Cosmic Photo Challenge this week is Shadows, Shapes and Silhouettes.

I had lots of ideas for this challenge. Then I thought about this photo. It’s shot of St James’ Church, Audlem, Cheshire, England silhouetted by the setting sun.

It was taken in the mid 1980s and sat ignored in my slide files until I started copying them with a digital camera. It’s strange, since copying and editing the slide the shot has grown on me.

St James' Church, Audlem at sunset.

Golden leaves and blue sky.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is ‘The Blues and the Golds.’

Once again I had several ideas for the challenge. My first thought was birds, there’s lots of birds with blue or gold coloured plumage. My next thought was a sunrise or sunset, lots of blues and golds in those. That made me think of shots taken during the blue hour and the golden hour.

Then I thought about the time of year, autumn leaves and wondered how it had taken me so long to get there.

This shot was taken with a fisheye lens but as I tried to position the lens so that a lot of the tree trunks were pointing towards the center of the frame there’s little obvious fisheye distortion. But the wide angle of view means that the blue sky goes from medium to pale across the frame.

Golden leaves and blue sky.

Feeding upside down.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is Upside Down.

I was considering a variety of subjects and photos. Then I  thought about the Nuthatch family of birds. They will walk down a tree trunk or branch head first just as easily as walking up one.

That got me thinking about the suet feeders we have. They’re upside down to discourage Blue Jays and Grackles while allowing Woodpeckers, Nuthatches and Chickadees to use them.

So a male Hairy Woodpecker feeding upside down.

Feeding upside down.

The onset of autumn.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is The Onset of Autumn.

For me, the onset of autumn doesn’t just mean the leaves changing colour. It also means a change of bird species in the area. As I type this it’s been a week since I last saw a Ruby-throated Hummingbird, they’re heading south for the winter. Today I had a Pine Siskin in the yard, normally a winter species for the area.

So rather go with a somewhat predictable photo of leaves I decided to go with a bird species that passes through the area in the spring and autumn. This White-crowned Sparrow is a passage migrant in this part of Ontario. Having bred in the far north it’s now heading south to spend the winter the southern U.S. or Mexico. It has stopped off in the area to feed up for a day or two.

White-crowned Sparrow.