Waves at Sunrise.

The new Wits End Weekly Photo Challenge is Found Art.

I was considering a few photos and then thought about some of my shots of waves and ripples at sunrise and sunset. I find the randomness of the waves and ripples and the way the colours in the sky reflect on the water interesting.

This shot was taken on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada at sunrise.

Sunrise waves.

Standing in the foam.

The new Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge is In or On Water.

I quickly came up with a selection before deciding that they were all a little obvious. So I went through my archives looking for something less obvious.

So here’s a backlit Ring-billed Gull at sunrise. It’s standing in foam from waves whipped up by an overnight storm. Taken on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

Ring-billed Gull at sunrise.

Fossil of a Seashell.

The new Lens-Artists Photo Challenge is Something Different.

I thought this photo of a seashell fossil was different. It’s probably millions of years old but resembles some of the seashells I picked up along the North Wales coast as a child. It was photographed in Ontario, Canada, now hundreds of miles from the nearest salt water.

Seashell fossil.

Mmm, suet cake.

The new Tuesday Photo Challenge is Cake.

This was a difficult one for me until I remembered that some people call the various shapes of suet blocks used in bird feeders suet cake. Possibly because often the suet has fruit, berries, seeds and/or nuts mixed into it.

Here’s a male White-breasted Nuthatch feeding on suet cake while hanging upside down.

White-breasted Nuthatch on feeder.

Trails in the snow.

The new Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is Walks, Trails, Sidewalks.

Not the most appropriate challenge for someone currently stuck in a hospital bed but I can’t resist a challenge.

I had a few ideas but in the end went with my first one. I can’t explain why the snow didn’t stick to the trails through the trees. As the trails are sand maybe the sand was to damp or to warm.

Trails across Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England in the snow.

Silver Birch trees in the snow.

A Canadian Camera Bag Requirement.

The new Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge is Advertising.

I had a few ideas for the challenge including a variety of motorsports images featuring varying degrees of advertising.

Then I looked out of the patio doors and it was snowing again. Which made me think of this photo. Taken in mid December, a week before the start of winter I could repeat the shot today, nearly a week into spring. A couple of days ago the bag was sitting on the frozen surface of Colpoy’s Bay, Ontario at sunrise. A snow and rain resistant camera bag is a requirement for an outdoor photographer in Canada.

This is my Domke F-2 camera bag in what they call RuggedWear. Anyone familiar with the waxed cotton jackets made by Belstaff and Barbour in Britain will recognise the material the bag is made from. The bags come with a tin of wax to reproof the canvas.

With waxed cotton having a long history of being used for waterproof clothing and having had a Belstaff jacket in the 1970s and 1980s the idea of a camera bag made from similar material appealed. It’s ideal for the Canadian weather.

Canadian Camera Bag Requirements.