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Weekend Challenge: What is it?

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: What is it? #4.

I had an idea for this challenge when putting together a post for a different photo challenge. However, I couldn’t find the photo I wanted to use. I knew I had it as a colour slide and that I had made a digital copy previously although a cropped, low resolution version.

 

Weekend Challenge: What is it?

So can anyone identify these?

 

The reason I couldn’t find the good digital copy was because I had added the keywords as I uploaded them from memory without checking the caption on the slide mount.

As a result they were misidentified!

 

Weekend Challenge: What is it?

They are seeds of the Corncockle. Once a common weed in wheat fields it is now uncommon due to modern farming practices. All parts of the plant are poisonous so it’s lucky my misidentification was limited to my photo library.

I had identified them as Oriental Poppy seeds which are a similar shape but have rows of dimples on them rather than the rows of raised spots on these seeds.

 

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Weekend Challenge: Story

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Story.

I thought of the story of a pair of Eurasian Blue Tits nesting in a nestbox in Cheshire. In 1987 I documented the complete nesting cycle of a pair of Eurasian Blue Tits using a specially constructed nestbox built into a garden shed in a Hatherton garden.

Having digitised all the nestbox slides last winter I had lots of photos to pick from so I decided to limit myself to four photos illustrating key points of the nesting cycle.

 

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Story

One of the adults lining the nest with a feather prior to the start of egg laying.

 

One Word Sunday: Company

The male feeding the female during incubation.

 

Weekly Prompts: Story

An adult feeding one of the young.

 

Weekly Prompts: Story

Close to leaving, one of the young at the entrance hole exercising its wings.

 

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Weekend Challenge: What Is It?

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: What Is It?

I had a few ideas for the challenge and quickly settled on one although I can’t really explain why I picked an autumn subject in spring.

 

Weekend Challenge: What is it.

This one’s quite easy.

 

 

Weekend Challenge: What Is It

A Fly Agaric fungi growing on Bickerton Hill in southern Cheshire.

 

Weekend Challenge: What Is It

The Fly Agaric fungi growing amongst Silver Birch trees on Bickerton Hill.

 

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Weekly Prompts: Walkabout

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Walkabout.

A few photos from some of my walks around the neighborhood over the past few weeks.

 

Weekly Prompts: Walkabout

Some interesting tree bark with Cedar trees and blue sky providing blocks of colour in the background.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: From an Unusual Angle

Paper Birch trees against a blue sky with some nice wispy clouds.

 

Silent Sunday: 3rd May 2020

Colourful green moss and orange Lichen growing on a boulder.

 

Wordless Wednesday: 6th May 2020

A giant blue butterfly garden ornament against a blue sky.

 

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Weekly Prompts: Awareness

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts: Awareness challenge.

I thought of a few types of awareness, animals are generally much more aware of their surroundings and potential threats than most humans.

 

Weekly Prompts: Awareness

This Red-breasted Nuthatch is checking the sky, aware of the  possibility of predators overhead.

 

On the other hand, the Covid-19 pandemic that has forced many people to stay at home has probably made some people more aware of their surroundings. I quickly became aware of how much bluer the sky in this part of Ontario was with so few aircraft flying.

 

Weekly Prompts: Awareness

I’m aware of how bright the neighborhood Paper Birch trees look against the deep blue sky.

 

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Weekly Prompts: Razzmatazz

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts: Razzmatazz challenge.

What I didn’t know is thar razzmatazz is a colour, variously described as pink, rose, purple or crimson depending on the source.

This ambiguity and the “razz” at the start of the word made me think raspberry and of the North American Purple Finch. I have suggested in the past that Raspberry Finch would have been a better name. Now I’m wondering if Razzmatazz Finch wouldn’t be another option.

Some male Purple Finches photographed on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario over the past few years.

 

Weekly Prompts: Razzmatazz

 

A male Purple Finch checking what the photographer is up to

 

Weekly Prompts: Razzmatazz

 

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Weekly Prompts: Boundaries

The Weekly Prompts: Boundaries challenge got me thinking about the variable boundaries wild birds and animals put between themselves and humans.

The reason I say variable is because most species will keep their distance from humans. The more erratic and noisy the behaviour of the human the wider the boundary between them.

On the other hand, some understanding of animal behaviour and some fieldcraft will allow you to get within a few feet of many species. I have had wild birds and mammals approach me so closely that I couldn’t focus the lens I was using on them.

 

Weekly Prompts: Boundaries

Portrait of a female Wilson’s Phalarope taken at Middle Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada. A flock of six Wilson’s Phalaropes landed close to me when I was photographing some American White Pelicans. I laid down in the sand and wildfowl poop at the edge of the lake and proceeded to spend some time with them. When I was lying down the birds started ignoring me. This female was so close I couldn’t get all her body in the frame. Some of the birds wandered so close I couldn’t focus on them.

 

Friendly Friday: Funny Furry Friends

This European Rabbit was photographed in Shropshire, England. I was surprised how relaxed some Rabbits were at this location. I know there was a Red Fox hunting them. I did wonder if they were so  relaxed because they knew that the Fox wouldn’t be around if there was a human in the area.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Letter K

A juvenile Red Knot resting on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton during its autumn migration. I had gone down to the shoreline for the sunrise and discovered two Red Knot. I spent long enough with them that they started ignoring me allowing me to photograph them feeding, bathing, preening and resting.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Christmas Preparations

This Eastern Chipmunk was photographed in our yard in Ontario, Canada. The various birds and mammals got so used to me lying in the grass that summer that they started ignoring me. I had Chipmunks running across my legs while squirrels and birds landed in the Cedar branches a few feet away checking out the human in the grass.