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July Squares: Blue clouds at dawn.

A contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Blue challenge.

Some blue clouds over the mouth of Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at dawn.

Blue clouds at dawn.

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July Squares: Grumpy Great Blue Heron.

A contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Blue photo challenge.

A double blue with a grumpy looking windblown Great Blue Heron in front of blue water on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

July Squares: Grumpy Great Blue Heron.

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July Squares: Giant Blue Butterfly.

A contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Blue challenge.

Spotted on a walk last winter. I’m surprised it hadn’t headed south for the winter.

July Squares: Giant Blue Butterfly.

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July Squares: Layers of Cloud on Blue.

A contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Blue challenge.

Layers of cloud over Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise.

July Squares: Layers of Cloud in Blue.

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July Squares: Kingfisher Blue.

A contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Blue challenge.

This is a Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) also known as the Eurasian Kingfisher and River Kingfisher. The colour has been described as blue-green upperparts with pale azure-blue back and rump. I have noticed that the blue colours changes depending on quality and direction of the light falling on the bird.

Interestingly enough, the feathers aren’t blue, they contain no pigments. The colour is produced by the fine surfaces of the feathers interfering with the wavelengths of light. That is presumably why the colours can change depending on the light.

Also known as a Eurasian Kingfisher and River Kingfisher.

 

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July Squares: Big Blue Sky, tiny moon.

A contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Blue challenge.

A full moon hangs over Chantry Island, its lighthouse and Lake Huron at sunrise. Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

July Squares: Big Blue Sky, tiny moon.

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July Squares: Blue Water, Horned Grebe.

A contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Blue challenge.

A breeding plumage Horned Grebe on blue water (a farm pond) in Saskatchewan, Canada.

The Horned Grebe is known as the Slavonian Grebe in the U.K.

July Squares: Horned Grebe, Blue Water.