On the Hunt for Joy: Make Yourself Feel Small

This is a contribution to Cee’s On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Make Yourself Feel Small.

I thought of various photos for the challenge and decided to go with a small selection with a theme of feeling small due to the vista in front of me. Sometimes your widest lens just isn’t wide enough.

 

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Make Yourself Feel Small

A section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area at sunset in the autumn. There was thousands of Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes in the area on autumn migration which had all managed to disappear.

 

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Make Yourself Feel Small

A frozen section of marsh at Little Quill Lake at sunset. Little Quill Lake is one of a group of three lakes in central Saskatchewan. There’s a reason Saskatchewan has ‘Land of Living Skies’ on the license plates.

 

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Make Yourself Feel Small

Storm clouds over Lake Huron at sunset with Chantry Island on the horizon. The next land is Michigan in the U.S.

 

January Squares: First-light

This is my day one contribution to Becky’s January Squares: Light photo challenge.

January’s prompt is words ending in light so here’s the first light of day and my first cheat using a hyphen. The sun rising over White Cloud Island in the mouth of Colpoy’s Bay on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario.

January Squares: First Light

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 -40°.

Frozen marsh at dusk.

Falling Water

My contribution to the Wits End Weekly Photo Challenge 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.