This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Comfort Food.
When thinking about the prompt the closest I could get to a comfort food for myself was British style Fish and Chips. I should explain that British style Fish and Chips bear little resemblance to what is sold as fish and chips in Canada.
So I decided to go with some colourful snacks. They are probably comfort food for some people but I photographed them for the colour.
This is a follow-up of sorts to my Throwback Thursday post yesterday. That showed how cramped it was getting inside this nestbox.
After posting it occurred to me that I should post a photo showing how the adults keep the nest clean. While in the nest the young produce fecal sacs. These are droppings encased in a gelatinous sac allowing the adults to carry it out of the nestbox and drop it some distance away.
The young stick their bottoms in the air as a sign to an adult that they’re about to produce one.
Interestingly, when I captioned the slides in 1987 the reference books I used spelled it as faecal sac but the accepted spelling nowadays is fecal.
I started thinking about some of the black and/or white species I have photographed over the years. Then, because I’ve been on a bit of a selective colour kick recently I considered monochrome species that have a splash of colour.
So here’s two different species in the spring, one in the U.K. and one in Canada.
Portrait of a male Common Blackbird photographed in Faddiley, Cheshire, England. I was photographing a plant in a ditch when I noticed the bird checking out what I was doing.
A male Rose-breasted Grosbeak on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada in the spring.
This is my contribution to Cee’s On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Knoll Your Desk.
I was sitting at the kitchen table I use for a computer desk editing photos when I was thinking about the prompt. I noticed a couple of things on the table that were a possibility for the challenge.
I used a fast lens for shallow depth of field and then did some heavy editing using Snapseed on this tablet.
The small Samsung SSD on the left is my primary backup drive for all my photos. The two USB cables next to it are for two more external hard drives used to backup all my photos. Those two drives are rotated with one being kept off site.
My pen and pencil holder is an old plastic drinking glass, it holds everything but pens and pencils. The closest items to pens and pencils are two red Sharpes. The hex driver is for my camera and lens mounts, the old toothbrush is for cleaning in nooks and crannies and there’s also two small flashlights in it.
I must add that I have been using the new Block Editor for a couple of days but I have become so frustrated with it I went back to the classic editor to finish this post.