Wet Paint.

Throwback Thursday brings another photo with a variety of throwbacks.

The subject is a British post box photographed in Cheshire, England in the mid 1980s. I used to look out for interesting post boxes and classic red British telephone boxes to photograph. In those days editors were often looking for images of red post and telephone boxes so it was useful to have some interesting ones on file.

It was the casual, chalked warning of Wet Paint that first caught my eye. Nowadays there may be Caution Tape surrounding it to keep people away from the wet paint. The red paint on the utility pole amused me.

Also notable is the GR cast into the door. That means that the post box is from the reign of King George V which dates it from 1910 to 1936. Which means it was at least 50 years old when I took the photo.

Wet Paint on a post box.

Spiky Raccoon.

Saturday morning saw me wake up early enough to head out for a sunrise. It was raining so I went back to bed. It was still raining when I got up the second time so I decided to set up in the yard to photograph birds and mammals in the rain.

You can probably guess what happened, the rain stopped before I got any photos. I started photographing the usual species when a wet, bedraggled Raccoon walked out of the bush into the yard.

The spiked fur makes me think of Punk Rockers from the late 1970s.

Raccoon with spiky wet fur.

Thick fog at sunrise.

Sunday morning of week 25 saw me down at Colpoy’s Bay. No sunrise with a thick fog blanketing the area. Dark enough when I got down to the shoreline I had to grab a flashlight (a torch for any British readers) out of the car. I needed it to see the bubble (spirit) level I use to level the camera and to check the front element of the lens for water drops as the fog was dripping off the leaves of the trees I was under.

By the time I packed the camera away the sun had been above the horizon for 15 minutes by the clock in the car. I had guessed that it was up as I wasn’t having to use the flashlight any more.

Given the lack of colour because of the fog I decided to shoot with the intention of converting the shots to monochrome. I was also trying for some movement in the leaves on the trees so this is a 25 second exposure. I kept the monochrome conversion fairly low key to match the conditions at the Bay.

A foggy morning.

Week 25. A patch of evening sunlight.

An evening walk early in week 25. The low sun was shining through the trees producing some nice dappled sunlight. I noticed a patch of sunlight on a tree trunk with Ivy and Lichen growing on it.

Strangely it was the same tree trunk I photographed in week 2. What seems odd is that the Ivy leaves were green in early January but now in mid June some of them are brown.

Ivy leaves and Lichen.

Waves and rocks.

Waves breaking over rocks on the Lake Huron shoreline at sunrise.

Continuing my recent theme of photos taken with a long telephoto. In this case I used it to isolate the most interesting group of rocks and then used a slow shutter speed to blur the waves a little. A photo from over a decade ago, the water level in Lake Huron is currently quite a bit higher. I suspect most of these rocks are now under water.

Rocks and waves.