Tree Sparrow

Or the Eurasian Tree Sparrow as it is now sometimes known, to distinguish it from the unrelated American Tree Sparrow. Slightly smaller than the related and more widely distributed House Sparrow. The chestnut cap and black spot on the white cheek are distinguishing characteristics.

This Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the 1980s.

A few weeks ago Canadian Tire, a national chain of stores selling a range of automotive, hardware and home products, started running a T.V. ad for their Christmas decorations. It briefly featured what looked like a C.G.I. Tree Sparrow.

Surely if you are going to pay someone to C.G.I. a bird in an ad for a company such as Canadian Tire you make sure that the species is native to North America.

Throwback Thursday: Tree Sparrow

Winter Visitor

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the 1980s.

Each winter two species of Thrush visit the U.K. Fieldfare and Redwing arrive in the U.K. from northern Europe. Often traveling in flocks the first sighting each autumn is seen by some people as a sign that winter is on its way.

This is a Fieldfare and this individual had found a good food supply. It’s taken up residence in an abandoned orchard where there are lots of windfall apples in the grass.

Throwback Thursday: Fieldfare

Cee’s B & W Photo Challenge: Indoor Walkways, Hallways, Elevators

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Indoor Walkways, Hallways, Elevators.

This is a hallway, or maybe it’s an indoor walkway. It’s part of a former small pox hospital that I documented before the buildings were demolished. I seem to recall that there were walkways connecting some of the wards but I’m not sure if this is one of them.

Cee’s B & W Photo Challenge: Indoor Walkways, Hallways, Elevators

Luck

I had a few ideas for the One Word Sunday challenge Luck.

Some lucky wildlife encounters, some lucky weather conditions. Then I remembered this shot. Taken in the late summer of 1985 after spending part of the summer in southern Ontario shooting wildlife, landscape and travel photos for photo libraries.

I wasn’t expecting anything of this shot, or the others from the evening. I was simply using up the roll of Kodachrome in the camera prior to taking all my exposed film to the Kodachrome lab in Toronto the next day. In the end it was included in a set of shots in a photography magazine that published a portfolio of my work a couple of years later.

A section of the Georgian Bay shoreline at dusk.

One Word Sunday: Luck

 

Cee’s B & W Photo Challenge: Candid Photography (human or animal).

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Candid Photography (human or animal).

I had a few human photo ideas for the challenge before thinking of some of the photos of Common Frogs taken in Cheshire in the 1980s. They got so used to me being around the garden pond that they would ignore me.

Common Frog in monochrome.