The spirit of distant rain.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is “The Spirit of Rain” which gave me rather a lot of options to pick from. Especially if you regard snow as white, winter rain.

So many options in fact that this photo was the third or fourth that I considered for this challenge. It was actually taken the day before the photo that had been my previous consideration.

The photo shows storm clouds over Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise. There’s rain falling over the mouth of the bay and White Cloud Island beyond with some interesting clouds over the bay.

Distant rain over Colpoy's Bay at sunrise.

My plan for twenty-nineteen.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge prompt is “My Vision For Twenty-nineteen” which in the early hours of Monday morning seems rather appropriate.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) I will be posting week 52, the last entry of my 52 week photo project for 2018. I wasn’t planning on having a project for 2019. I am dealing with health issues and family issues back in the U.K. and don’t know if I will be able too stick to a project for 2019.

However, due to not being able to sleep I have been considering a project or plan for 2019. It’s still not fully formed and I may not be able to follow a routine due to the various issues but I have the beginnings of a project.

I’m going to call it “Monochrome Minimalism” or “Minimalistic Monochrome” or maybe something completely different as I’m typing this in the early hours when it seems like a good idea.

So here’s a minimalistic monochrome Maple leaf on snow from a recent walk.

Minimalist Maple leaf.

Best of the year shot?

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is Best of the year shot?

This has caused my some problems. As I have been doing a 52 week photo project this year do I pick one of my weekly picks? Another option is one of my 2018 shots that has been published elsewhere.

Then I discovered that some of the shots published elsewhere I was considering had been used in various posts during 2018. One had been a weekly pick and another had been a Wordless Wednesday post.

In fact I hadn’t decided which photo I was going to use when I started this post. Actually putting some of this down has helped me make a pick.

I’m going with my pick for Week 29. A bird in the rain.

Published in this blog on July 22nd it’s also the month of September in a 2019 birds calender and shows a young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the rain.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the rain.

Christmas lights on bagpipes.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is Christmas Lights.

I decided to go with something a little different. A year ago I was on a side street for the formation of the Wiarton Santa Claus parade on the South Bruce Peninsula.

It was quite amusing, there was a selection of police vehicles at the head of the parade followed by a fire truck. After some discussion a local pipe and drum band marched past them all to lead the parade. The bagpipes and some of the drums had Christmas lights on them.

Here the band is marching past the fire truck heading to the front of the parade.

Christmas lights on bagpipes.

Shoreline detail.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is Unusual Tones or Textures.

The morning after the challenge was posted I was down at the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline at sunrise. Despite having checked the weather conditions before heading out there was thick cloud over the area, I couldn’t tell when or where the sun rose over the Niagara Escarpment.

I noticed that the water was an unusual tone, almost mirror like and brighter than I would expect with the heavily overcast sky. It made some of the old wood piles sticking out of the water appear to be floating in the air.

Mirror calm water.

Fisheye Birch tree trunk.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is From An Unusual Angle.

I went for a walk on Sunday morning of week 47 and dropped my fisheye lens in a coat pocket. I had the idea of using the fisheye lens to try to find a photo for the challenge. When I reached the turn around point of my walk I swapped from the telephoto I had on the camera to the fisheye lens.

This is a fisheye look at the trunk of a Paper Birch tree. To fill the frame I ended up so close to the trunk I nearly fell over the roots at the base of the trunk and then nearly hit the trunk with the lens.

A Paper Birch trunk with a fisheye lens.

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.