Cross.

Actually I count at least four crosses. But they’re not really the point of this post.

The tall sundial in the foreground is what remains of a medieval cross. It was turned into a sundial in the late 17th century.

An act of vandalism that wouldn’t be considered these days. Destroying something medieval to make a sundial is the sort of thing that makes me Cross.

This is my contribution to One Word Sunday: Cross.

One Word Sunday: Cross.

Friendly Friday: Remote.

This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Remote.

My first thought was of some of the remote spots I visited when living in Saskatchewan, Canada in late 1990s. I once had the passenger side front wheel of my truck disappear into a hole at a water level control connecting Little Quill Lake and Middle Quill Lake. It was at the end of several miles of rough track that stopped at the water control point. I had to pile rocks in the back of the truck to get the rear wheel on the ground and the front wheel out of the hole.

Another time at a section of Little Quill Lake I managed to lock my keys in the truck and had to break into it with an old piece of barbed wire that I had stripped the barbs off.

Here’s a photo of a sunset over a marsh at Little Quill Lake. It was winter so I was probably the only person within 10 miles and it was -40° at the time.

Friendly Friday: Remote.

 

Cee’s B & W Photo Challenge: Take New Photos – Any Topic.

ThIs is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Take New Photos – Any Topic.

A rather appropriate challenge after heading down to Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise only to find some interesting cloud cover with little colour in the sky.

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Take New Photos.

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Any Topic.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Yellow.

This is my contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Yellow.

Having photographed some Black-eyed Susan’s a short time before the challenge was posted I decided that yellow flowers would be to obvious.

As yellow is associated with warmth I thought a winter photo would be interesting. I briefly considered a winter sunrise or sunset before deciding that was also to obvious.

Then I remembered the giant butterfly garden ornaments I photographed on some of my walks last winter. I was surprised that this giant Yellow Butterfly sitting in a patch of sunlight hadn’t headed south for the winter.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Yellow.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Lock.

This is my contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Lock.

A simple photo of a lock on doors securing a bank of electricity meters. The sixth shot taken with a Samyang 12mm f/2 lens I purchased used recently. It’s now part of my retro kit of three manual focus primes.

The camera and three lenses all fit in a tiny Domke bag and the whole kit weighs next to nothing. Ideal for resting my injured shoulder. It’s nice if I’m feeling like getting back to basics and shooting like I did as a photography student in the late 1970s.

Quite heavily edited in Snapseed including using the grunge tool before adding a blur and vignette around the edges of the frame. I finished off the edit with a simple white border.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Lock.

CFFC: Trees.

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Trees.

I had the post written in my head until I started selecting photos. I found a couple of shots I wanted to use but they didn’t fit into the post I was planning so I abandoned my original plan.

Here’s four shots of trees all taken within a quarter mile of our yard when out for a walk with the camera. Sometimes I was experimenting with deliberate camera movement during exposure and on one occasion I was testing a new lens.

Motion blurred trees. Taken when I was experimenting with deliberate camera movement during exposure.

CFFC: Trees.

 

Tree trunks taken on the first outing with my 85mm lens.

CFFC: Trees.

 

Motion blurred tree trunks. Another shot taken when I was experimenting with deliberate camera movement during exposure.

CFFC: Trees.

 

A confusion of tree trunks. Taken with a telephoto lens to isolate the trunks and compress the perspective.

CFFC: Trees.