Photo Challenges

A Photo a Week Challenge: Changing Seasons

This is my contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Changing Seasons prompt.

There’s no real signs of spring around here yet but we had a mild winter with not a lot of snow so we may have an early spring. The possibility of an early spring is shown in these three photos of Colpoy’s Bay in the first week of spring over the last three years.


A Photo a Week Challenge: Changing Seasons

24th March 2018. Refrozen after a partial thaw.


A Photo a Week Challenge: Changing Seasons

24th March 2019. Still frozen.


A Photo a Week Challenge: Changing Seasons

22nd March 2020. Open water, the bay hardly started freezing last winter.


Cosmic Photo Challenge

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Spring has Sprung

When I read Dale’s prompt for the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Spring has Sprung it was -13°C feeling like -16 in the wind and we’d had 4 inches of snow the day before.

So here is my take on the challenge, three photos of the local bay in March over the last three years. Can anyone see any signs of spring?


Cosmic Photo Challenge: Spring has Sprung

Open water on Colpoy’s Bay in March 2020.


The fourth day of Spring.

A frozen Colpoy’s Bay in March 2019.


A frozen Colpoy's Bay at sunrise.

A frozen and partially snow covered Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise in March 2018.



Snow on the remains of a plant

Taken on a walk last week, the title is because I don’t know what they are remains of.

As I was on one of my regular routes I must have walked past the plant lots of times without noticing it. I suspect that it is a combination of the light and the snow on the plant that caught my attention this time.

I was in a retro mood and had gone out with a manual focus telephoto on the camera which meant walking over some snow covered boulders to get the framing I wanted. Sometimes it pays to use a zoom when out for a walk.

Autumn snow on a dead plant.


Autumn tree trunks

A second shot from my Sunday morning walk during week 44. I was considering this as the pick for week and now I think I prefer this shot.

I was struck by the number of trees initially and then the pattern and complexity of them now that most of the leaves are off the branches.

Tree trunks in the autumn.


Green in the autumn, part two

Technically this should have been part one as it was taken a week or so before my recent green in the autumn post.

I was on a local back road looking for autumn colour one evening recently. I found the autumn colour disappointing and the sunset wasn’t developing but I liked the way the low sun was backlighting these leaves.

The shot was taken in a memorial forest. An area that is being replanted with native trees, each in memory of a loved one. There are three in the area.

Backlit leaves in evening light.


Yellow flowers at sunrise

Saturday morning of week 38 saw me down at Colpoy’s Bay at dawn. There was thick cloud over Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment.

When the rising sun started illuminating the clouds I noticed a small group of Yellow flowers on the shoreline so framed a shot to include them. I used a graduated neutral density filter to balance the exposure for the sky and foreground.

Yellow flowers at sunrise.


Early on Sunday morning of week 38

I was up early on Sunday morning to drive around to the opposite side of Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise. In part because it provides different views and in part because one of my regular locations has no access while the dock is being repaired.

Luckily I remembered to take a torch (flashlight) to follow the path down to the shoreline as I got there 35 minutes before sunrise. I then managed to drop one of my neutral density filters on the shoreline and needed it again to find the filter in the dark.

The photo is looking north-east out of the mouth of Colpoy’s Bay where there are three islands. In the photo part of White Cloud Island is on the left side of the frame with part of Griffith Island behind in the center of the frame.

Dawn on Colpoy's Bay.