Weekly Photo Challenge: Oh, the Place You’ll Go

ThIs is my contribution to the Wits End Weekly Photo Challenge: Oh, the Place You’ll Go.

The challenge brought back memories of a question I posed on a photography forum some years ago. I asked what people would like to go back to photograph with modern equipment?

Having been a photographer since the late 1970s there’s quite a list of locations and situations that I would like to photograph again varying from motorsports to wildlife spectacles. I would have great fun re-shooting any of the selections below.

In the early 1980s I was living in London, England and traveling around Europe in the summer photographing motorcycle endurance racing. Team Bike at the Le Mans 24 hour motorcycle race, France in 1982.

Night racing

In the mid 1980s I was visiting Scotland to photograph nature and landscapes for photo libraries. A light beam on a hillside, Loch Arkaig, Scotland near sunset in the autumn.

Sunset light beam.

In the late 1980s I was documenting the nesting cycles of some European bird species. An adult Eurasian Blue Tit feeding young in a nestbox, Cheshire, England.

Almost ready to leave the nestbox.

In the early 1990s I was living in Cheshire, England. I spent some time positioning a portable hide (blind) to allow me to sit within a couple of yards of a Common Kingfisher.

Male Common Kingfisher.

In the late 1990s I was living in Saskatchewan, Canada. In the autumn parts of Saskatchewan are a major stopover for some species of birds heading south for the winter. Huge numbers of Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes gather together in various locations. Snow Geese taking flight at Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, Saskatchewan.

A gathering of Snow Geese.

Winters in Saskatchewan can be very cold but also very spectacular. A frozen section of marsh at sunset, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan at -40Ā°.

Frozen marsh at dusk.

Falling Water

My contribution to the Wits End Weekly Photo ChallengeĀ Falling Water.

I was considering some of the birds and mammals I have photographed in the rain before deciding to go with a couple of shots of a nearby waterfall. Despite now living close to the waterfall these shots were taken in 1985 when I spent part of the summer in Ontario.

A wide view of Inglis Falls on the Sydenham River near Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.

Falling Water.

Selecting a section of the falls with a telephoto lens.

Falling Water.

Wheels

The new Wits End Weekly Photo Challenge is Wheels.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before thinking of the photos of some of the vehicles I have used to carry camera gear around and even used as portable hides (blinds).

A pickup truck I used in Saskatchewan and later in Ontario, Canada. I put a fibreglass tonneau cover on the box so I could store tripods and hides (blinds) in the box. Frequently used as a hide in Saskatchewan.

Photographer's wheels.

A van I used in the U.K. It had a mount for a tripod head attached to the drivers door.

Photographer's wheels.

A quad bike I used in Saskatchewan, Canada. The tripod was strapped to the front rack.

Photographers wheels.

A car I used in Saskatchewan, Canada. There should have been a road closed sign at the end of the back road.

Photographer's wheels.

A motorcycle I used around the U.K. and Europe. There was often a waterproof Pelican case strapped to the pillion seat.

Photographer's wheels.

Unexpected Beauty

The new Wits End Weekly Photo Challenge is Unexpected Beauty.

I had a few ideas for the challenge, at one point I was considering a portrait of a Horsefly that I had used for a different photo challenge earlier in the week.

In the end I went with a winter weather photo taken in early spring. A couple of weeks earlier there had been a covering of snow on the ice. After some thawing the snow had melted and the ice had started breaking up before it all froze over again.

Ice on Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise with the Niagara Escarpment on the horizon.

Frozen Colpoy's Bay.

People at a Groundhog’s Funeral

The new Wits End Weekly Photo Challenge is People.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before remembering photographing Wiarton Willie’s funeral 18 months ago.

Wiarton Willie is a white Groundhog used to forecast the end of winter as a tourist attraction for the South Bruce Peninsula area in the winter. The funeral was for the third or fourth white Groundhog to have the job although some locals claim that there has been more than that with some quietly disposed of.

I thought the idea of a funeral for a Groundhog slightly ridiculous so went along with a camera to take photos for my other photoblog.

The funeral procession being led by bagpipes and drums.

The start of the Wiarton Willie's funeral.

The crowd watching the funeral procession. Notice how many smartphones are recording the event.

Watching Wiarton Willie's funeral procession.

The only TV cameraman to attend the funeral filming one of the crowd who was taking photos.

Photographing the TV cameraman.

The guy in the blue shirt may have been covering the funeral for one of the local newspapers.

Working at the funeral.

Someone in the crowd filming one of the endless speeches by a string of local politicians. The dog was more interested in me.

Filming the politicians.