Steam Traction Engine Detail.

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

I had gone to the Cheshire Steam Rally early on Sunday morning. I was one of only a few people there early which meant good access to the machinery on display. I could isolate details and photograph the exhibitors polishing their machines and lighting the fire box.

This is part of the mechanism of one of the steam traction engines, the ornate paint and polished brass caught my eye.

Detail of a steam traction engine.

Lake Huron shoreline at dawn.

Throwback Thursday only travels back 12 years. At the time I was living in Southampton, Ontario, Canada on the Lake Huron shoreline.

I had recently purchased a new digital camera. The results from the camera had convinced me to finally stop shooting film alongside digital. Although I must admit that one of the reasons for stopping shooting film was the difficulty of getting transparency film processed. Slides had been coming back from processing labs covered in scratches and water marks for some time.

A driftwood tree trunk washed up on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton at dawn. Taken from close to the Long Dock looking north towards the flagpole and the mouth of the Saugeen River with some of the lights of the town shining.

Dawn on the shoreline.

Oriental Poppy flower bud.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire in the mid 1980s. At the timeĀ I was experimenting with a variety of techniques photographing nature subjects.

One of the techniques involved using slower shutter speeds to show some movement in the subjects. This Oriental Poppy flower bud was one of my favourites from my experiments with the technique. I like the hint of sharpness on some of the hairs on the bud and the splash of red where the flowers petals are starting to show.

Poppy flower bud with motion blur.

Swimming in the Shallows.

Throwback Thursday travels back to the 1980s and a bird in its habitat. The photo was taken at Brown Moss, a nature reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest near Whitchurch, Shropshire, England.

This is a Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) in breeding plumage. An alternative name for the Little Grebe is Dabchick which seemed more commonly used when I was growing up. The bird is swimming in a shallow section of the large pool on the reserve.

Little Grebe or Dabchick.

Mating Common Pond Skaters.

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

I had put in a garden pond specifically for wildlife and the photographic opportunities it would provide. One of the first species to colonise the pond was the Common Pond Skater (Gerris lacustris). I photographed this mating pair as they rested on the edge of a water lily leaf.

Mating Pond Skaters.

Georgian Bay shoreline at sunset.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Ontario, Canada in the summer of 1985.

I spent part of the summer in Ontario shooting travel, landscape and nature images for British photo libraries. Decades later I’m now living about 30 minutes north of where this photo was taken.

A section of the Georgian Bay shoreline at sunset.

Georgian Bay shoreline at sunset.

Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel.

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

This is a Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel (Ictidomys tridecemlineatus) in the summer. Other common English names include the Striped Gopher and Leopard Ground Squirrel,

Sometimes regarded as a pest by farmers and ranchers due to their burrow systems the species is widely distributed across North American prairies and grasslands. It is known for standing upright and checking its territory, probably looking out for predators and rivals.

Ground Squirrel in the summer.