Nine years ago this week.

One from the archives. I was a little surprised when I checked the date of this photo to find it was taken nine years ago this week.

I picked this shot because of the interesting layers of cloud. It’s one I have been meaning to post for some time. It shows a sailboat on Colpoy’s Bay with a section of the Niagara Escarpment and White Cloud Island on the horizon.

Sailboat and clouds.

Raising steam.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the 1980s. I visited the Crewe Steam Fair early on Sunday morning before there was many people about. The exhibitors with machinery were busy firing up the boilers or giving the brass work a final polish.

This traction engine has just had the firebox lit judging by the smoke coming out of the smokestack.

Raising steam.

 

Juvenile Chipping Sparrow.

Taken a week ago, this is a juvenile Chipping Sparrow in the yard. It must have been a very late brood, the adults had been feeding three young a few days before this photo was taken.

This juvenile is already looking after itself as it searches for something to eat in the grass. They will soon be heading south for the winter.

Chipping Sparrow juvenile.

 

Sunrise in monochrome.

Monochrome Monday is going back a week when I went down to Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise. With some interesting clouds and not a lot of colour in the sky I took some shots with the intention of converting them to monochrome.

I kept the foreground dark as that was how I remembered it. The only bright part of the scene was a band over the Niagara Escarpment.

Colpoy's Bay in monochrome.

 

Wings across the sky.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is Wings Across The Skies.

There was some obvious choices for me. At the same time, a bit of a challenge because of the range of choices.

I picked this shot of Sandhill Cranes (Antigone canadensis) flying to roost at sunset because they cross the frame, from one side to the other. In other words, wings across the frame. The photo was taken at Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada in the autumn. The Quill Lakes area is a staging area for Sandhill Cranes on their way south for the winter.

Flying to roost at sunset.

Week 36. 30 minutes before sunrise.

Sunday morning of week 36 saw me down at Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise. I was down there about 40 minutes before sunrise and this is one of the first shots I took. It’s a 13 second exposure which has softened the water a little, it was quite rough and choppy at the time.

Although it was taken 30 minutes before sunrise that’s not allowing for the sun having to rise above the Niagara Escarpment. If I recall correctly the sun was about 8 minutes late by the time it had climbed over the Escarpment.

Colpoy's Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at dawn.