A double ‘bow.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is Living in Your Best Light.

Coming home through a thunderstorm one afternoon last autumn there was a double rainbow and some nice light on the fields of the side road we live on. I drove down the road in heavy rain hoping it would ease off enough to get some shots of the rainbows. It eased off enough for me to stop the car and grab some shots at the barn. I dried the camera off with a towel when I got home.

So some nice light where we live.

Barn and rainbows.

Guess what this is?

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge prompt is ‘Guess what this is?’

The prompt took me back to the 1980s. In those days BBC Wildlife magazine had a monthly competition for its readers. It was a photo of a mystery species, the first reader to correctly identify the subject won a years subscription to the magazine.

The photo below was used one month, nobody correctly identified the subject.

Anyone interested what the subject is, scroll down under the photo.

Hairy caterpillar

The photo shows clumps of hair on the caterpillar of a Ruby Tiger Moth.

Two towers.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is Comically Created Colour!

I have seen and photographed a few sun pillars over the years but this was the most impressive by a huge margin.

I was down at the Lake Huron shoreline for the sunset and had positioned my tripod so that the sun would be setting to the right of the Lighthouse on Chantry Island. The section of Lake Huron in the foreground was frazil ice which was also interesting.

The sunset was fairly spectacular but I learned long ago not to put the camera away until the last light had gone from the sky. Some time after the sun had dropped below the horizon this sun pillar appeared. By far the biggest and brightest I had seen made even more impressive by the fact that I was using a telephoto lens to pick out the Lighthouse on the Island.

Sun pillars are caused by ice crystals in the air.

A giant sun pillar.

Trees and shadows.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is Notions of Shadows and of Light.

I thought it was a very good prompt and considered a few of my photos. In the end there was one of my shots that became the obvious pick for me.

The photo was taken with telephoto. I shot different framings with a 300mm, a 425mm telephoto (the 300mm plus a 1.4x teleconverter) and a 600mm. Actually the 600mm version was taken with the 300mm plus a 2x teleconverter. The wind was so strong on top of the hill the photo was taken from that my 600mm was being shaken to much for an effective shot despite using a substantial tripod.

This is the 300mm version.

Trees and shadows, Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England

 

 

A hint of spring.

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

I thought I would use one photo from the UK and one from Canada.

In Cheshire, England a pair of Great Crested Grebe performing their courtship display by waving weed at each other.

Great Crested Grebes displaying, Hurleston Reservoir, Cheshire, England

In Ontario, Canada a male Common Merganser swims amongst ice on a thawing Lake Huron.

Male Common Merganser, Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada