This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: An Anime-Ted Life!
My first thought was animated wildlife, that is wildlife doing something. The first couple of photos I picked for the challenge were bird species from Saskatchewan so I decided to restrict my selection to birds photographed in Saskatchewan.
A male Ruddy Duck displays to a female.
A preening Marbled Godwit.
A Killdeer having a good stretch.
A singing male Red-winged Blackbird.
A Black Tern feeding over a roadside marsh.
This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Eat, Drink and Be Merry.
A story of a Great Blue Heron on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline, Ontario, Canada. All the photos are of the same bird taken over about 40 minutes although I did shuffle the order they were taken in to fit the challenge.
Eat. The Great Blue Heron has just caught and swallowed a small fish.
Drink. Actually the bird is striking after a fish but they probably swallow water sometimes.
Be Merry. Amusement about the Closed To Fishing sign.
My contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Seraphic, Diaphanous, Immutable.
Once I had used online dictionaries to find the meaning of each of the words I had to come up with an idea for the challenge.
This Red-breasted Nuthatch taking flight makes me think of some images of angels (seraphic) and the spread wings are delicate and slightly translucent (diaphanous).
A winter shot with deep snow behind the Cedar tree. The light reflecting off the snow helps to show the translucency of the flight feathers.
My contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge – Plastic Fantastic.
The challenge got me thinking about what plastics are used for nowadays. That got me thinking about my 12 year old Olympus E-410, a lightweight, plastic bodied DSLR. It was the base model when I purchased it in 2007 but I still use it. I decided to go with a selection of photos taken with it over the past 12 months.
The camera behind my decades old OM Zuiko 350mm on my home made ground pod.
A young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the rain on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada. September in a 2019 birds calender. Taken with the OM Zuiko 350mm.
A fluorescent green kayak appears out of the fog on Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada. Taken with one of the plastic kit lenses that came with the E-410.
Seed head in winter on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
Boulders around Dominion Lookout on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada. Again taken with one of the plastic kit lenses that came with the camera.
Some early autumn colour on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
A raindrop in the rain. Another shot taken with the OM Zuiko 350mm.
My contribution to the COSMIC CURVATURE: ARCHITECTURAL MARVELS Cosmic Photo Challenge.
I decided to go with a selection of photos of St Mary’s Church, Nantwich, Cheshire, England, a 14th century church with a variety of interesting curves.
A monochrome study of the eastern end of the church.
The stained glass window at the western end of the church.
The western end of St Mary’s Church showing the stained glass window from the outside.
The new Cosmic Photo Challenge is How Does Your Garden Grow.
When I was living in a rural part of Cheshire, England I turned a corner of the garden into a wildlife garden. It became a wildflower meadow and somewhere to photograph plants, insects and birds. I didn’t have to drive anywhere and could set up a hide anywhere for as long as I wanted.
A Dandelion seed head (clock) growing in the meadow.
This male Common Pheasant in hoarfrost one winter morning was a fairly regular visitor at certain times of the year.
This pair of Soldier Beetles are mating on Ragwort flowers.
This male Eurasian Bullfinch liked the fresh grass seed heads.
One of the plant species growing in the meadow.
There was Teasels growing along the edge of the meadow to attract European Goldfinches.
I picked up the windfall apples from under the trees in the vegetable garden and put them in the grass on the meadow for birds such as this Common Starling.
This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is For The Love Of..….
After rejecting the first couple of ideas for the challenge I thought about some of the various situations I have been in photographing birds.
A young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the rain in Ontario, Canada. The camera and lens was covered to keep the rain off but the photographer wasn’t.
A male Common Kingfisher photographed from a small, cramped and hot canvas hide (blind) in Cheshire, England.
A Bohemian Waxwing photographed at -30°C in Saskatchewan, Canada.
An American White Pelican with a large fish in its pouch. Photographed while sitting in the water to keep cool on a hot and very humid day in Saskatchewan, Canada.
A female Common Merganser with a youngster on her back. Taken in Ontario, Canada while being swarmed and bitten by hundreds of mosquitoes.
A male White-breasted Nuthatch photographed in Saskatchewan, Canada. Another -30°C day with some light snow falling this time.
A portrait of a female Wilson’s Phalarope taken while lying in sand mixed with wildfowl poop on the shoreline of a section of Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.