Autumn leaves in the mist.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England sometime in the 1970s. This shot sat in my slide files overlooked until I started copying some of the slides a couple of winters ago. Since making a digital copy the shot has grown on me.

Probably taken when I was a photography student in the late 1970s. I recognise the location as close to my parents house at the time. If I was taken when I was studying photography it would have been taken with an Olympus OM1, which I still have. If it was taken before I was at art school it could have been taken with a Zenit E, my first serious camera.

Autumn colour in mist.

Napping male Common Pochard.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire in the 1990s. This male Common Pochard was napping in front of a wooden hide (blind) on a reservoir in south Cheshire. The ripples and peeking eye add to the image for me.

Large numbers of Common Pochard winter in the U.K. and this bird was in a small flock that visited the reservoir.

Common Pochard napping.

Calm sunset.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Saskatchewan, Canada in the late 1990s. This is a section of Last Mountain Lake at sunset. I was visiting the lake for the flocks of Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes that gather in the area on autumn migration.

This was a favourite location for sunset, I tried to stop there if I was in the area. This evening the water was calm with the wildfowl and Sandhill Cranes all on another section of the lake.

The sun sets over Last Mountain Lake.

European Goldfinch feeding on Teasel.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the late 1980s.

This is a European Goldfinch feeding on seeds in a Teasel head. The seeds are a popular food source for the birds and the plant is grown to attract them by some people.

Teasel heads were used as a natural comb for the nap on wool in the past.

Goldfinch feeding on Teasel.

Snow Geese and smoke.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Saskatchewan, Canada in the late 1990s.

In the autumn one of my regular locations for Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes on autumn migration was Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan. One afternoon there was large clouds of smoke to the north west. A couple of times flocks of Snow Geese would take off and fly in front of the smoke.

I never found out what caused all the smoke.

Smoke and Snow Geese.

 

Sanderling on autumn migration.

Throwback Thursday travels back to the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario in the mid 2000s.

I had gone down to the shoreline for the sunrise and discovered a small flock of juvenile Sanderling that had stopped off to feed on their way south for the winter.

I spent some time with them, this is one of them feeding on the shoreline.

Feeding juvenile Sanderling.

Grey in grey.

This week’s Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the 1990s.

This is a juvenile Grey Heron photographed at a reservoir in south Cheshire. The water level was low with mud in front of the hide and there was a thick fog blanketing the area. The Grey Heron spent some time wandering around the mud before hunkering down and looking grumpy.

This is a copy of a Kodachrome slide, it hasn’t been desaturated or converted to monochrome although I did bring out the film grain when editing the shot.

Sitting in the fog.