The EMPTY signs amused me.

Taken on a evening walk during week 32. These are Bear resistant garbage cans that are bolted to concrete slabs. The red pole is a marker to show snow plough operators where they are although the one on the right looks as if it’s had a tap from a plough.

The EMPTY signs on two of the cans amused me. I wondered if they were for the Bears so they wouldn’t bother trying to break into the empty ones. I know the reason for the signs but the thought of them being for the Bears still amuses me.

Bear proof garbage cans.

A week 31 dawn.

Saturday morning of week 31 saw me down at Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise. There was thick fog in places on the way there with fog on the Niagara Escarpment across the bay but the sky over the bay was mostly clear when I set the camera up.

This photo was taken about 35 minutes before sunrise and is a 50 second exposure.

Colpoy's Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at dawn.

Wiarton Village Fair fireworks.

It was the Wiarton Village Fair over the weekend of week 31. So on the Sunday evening I went down to the dock at Colpoy’s Bay for the Village Fair fireworks.

The fireworks are launched from the public dock in the town of Wiarton. According to Google maps the two docks are 2.6 miles apart across Colpoy’s Bay.

For these fireworks I used a telephoto lens I purchased in the very early 1980s. I say very early because I remember using it at the Le Mans 24 hour motorcycle endurance race in April 1982. Between the camera and lens was a 1.4x teleconverter that I wasn’t sure would even fit on the back of the lens until I tried it shortly before the fireworks started.

Fireworks at the Wiarton Village Fair.

Fish for breakfast.

An American Herring Gull eating a dead fish. Or a Herring Gull or a Smithsonian Gull depending on the source you refer to.

Taken last Sunday morning on a visit to the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario.

The status of various Herring Gull subspecies seems to change almost daily. I have photos of the nominate species and two subspecies from the U.K. Or I did when I captioned the photos. One of the subspecies is now classified as a separate species, the Yellow-legged Gull, by some authorities.

The American Herring Gull is classified as a subspecies by the American Ornithologists’ Union. But lots of references give it the scientific name of Larus smithsonianus which means it should be a separate species. Just to confuse things even more, the British Ornithologists’ Union recognise the American Herring Gull as a separate species.

Smithsonian Gull.

Mostly blue with some patches of white.

Sunday morning of week 30 saw me down at the Long Dock on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton.

I was struck by the handful of small white clouds over Chantry Island. They seemed to be balancing the white of the lighthouse and the lighthouse keepers cottage on the island.

The lighthouse is fully automated, no one has lived on the island for years but the cottage has been fully restored. The island is a migratory bird sanctuary, as a result most of the island is off limits to visitors taking a tour of the lighthouse and cottage.

Chantry Island and it's lighthouse.