Motion at night.

The new Wits End Weekly Photo Challenge is Motion.

This is the third version of my response to the challenge after deciding that the first two photos I picked were a bit to obvious.

This is a shot of one of the competitors in the Le Mans 24 hour motorcycle race. The rider is exiting the last turn onto the start/finish straight. Taken around midnight, so 9 hours into the race with 15 to go.

Motion at night.

Textures in monochrome.

The new Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is Textures.

Originally it was the subtle texture of the veins of the Ivy leaves that made me think of this shot. Then I wondered if a monochrome conversion would bring out more texture in the bark of the tree trunk.

The monochrome conversion and border was done in Snapseed which I have had on the tablet for some time but am only just getting around to testing.

Monochrome study of Ivy leaves.

Niagara Escarpment nature.

The new Lens-Artists Photo Challenge is Nature.

The first thing I did was Google the definition of nature which reminded me that nature includes geology. So I thought of a local geological feature, the Niagara Escarpment, to write a post about.

First, a brief description of the Niagara Escarpment. It runs through several U.S. states and loops up through Ontario, Canada. It’s most well-known feature is the cliff over which the Niagara River flows at Niagara Falls. It form the eastern side of the Bruce Peninsula before disappearing into Lake Huron at the tip of the peninsula.

To the photos.

A large ledge of stone overhangs the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline. There are caves of various sizes in the face of the Escarpment. A pair of Common Raven bred in a small cave in this section in 2018.

Rock overhang.

A larger section of the Escarpment covered in autumn colour. You can see small sections of the rock face through the trees.

A section of autumn colour on the Niagara Escarpment.

A female Common Merganser with a youngster on her back. Taken on Colpoy’s Bay at the base of the Escarpment. Common Merganser nest in holes in trees so the female could have nested in one of the trees along the Escarpment.

Hitching a ride.

A group of White Trilliums and a solitary Dandelion growing on top of the Escarpment. The White Trillium is the provincial flower of Ontario.

Ontario's Provincial Flower.

Looking up?

Or giving the photographer a look of disdain?

The new Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge is Up.

The attitude of this male Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) makes me think it’s a look of disdain for the photographer sitting in the portable canvas hide a few feet away.

Normally they’re looking down, watching for a fish in the water or an insect on the ground. It’s possible the bird was watching something in the air that could be a potential meal or a threat.

Male Common Kingfisher.

Spotlight.

The new One Word Sunday theme is Contrast.

Now I normally try and avoid using more than a few words in a One Word Sunday post but this week is different. I picked this photo because of the contrast between the light on the farm and the shadows on the surrounding land. But that’s not the reason for all these words on One Word Sunday.

The reason is because of where the photo was taken. It’s a section of the Peak District on the Cheshire/Derbyshire border close to an area known as Bottom-of-the-Oven. Which is such an unusual place name that I suspect it will be stuck in my brain forever.

Light on a hillside farm.

Neon Coneflower.

Orange and pink, which rather strangely was the colours in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge last week. This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge which is Color of Your Choice this week.

With grey skies and a lot of snow recently I decided to look through my archives for a bright image from the summer. I found some photos of Coneflowers and decided that they weren’t colourful enough. So I picked one and edited it to increase the brightness and saturation before adding a Polaroid type border.

Florescent Coneflower.