Week 26. Canada Day fireworks.

This pick for week 26 scraped in with an hour and 50 minutes to spare. Sunday was Canada Day so in the evening I went down to the dock at Colpoy’s Bay for the Wiarton firework display.

The display was set up on the public dock in Wiarton, a couple of miles away across the bay.

Fireworks for Canada Day.

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.

Week 24. Sunday brunch.

I had selected a photo for week 24 on Saturday evening. That pick changed on Sunday morning and changed again in the afternoon.

I set a camera up in the yard Sunday morning but as my target bird species haven’t been cooperating I set up my ground pod to target the Squirrels, Chipmunks and whatever bird species decided to feed on the ground.

A portrait of an American Red Squirrel eating its Sunday brunch. The ground pod allowed me to get down to eye level with the Squirrel. I had to lift the ground pod up a couple of inches as my initial set up resulted in most of the subjects being hidden by the grass.

American Red Squirrel feeding.

Week 23. An old barn at sunrise.

Week 23 saw me on a local side road for the sunrise. At this time of year the sun rises far enough in the North East to illuminate the side of the barn nicely.

Because of the big difference in brightness between the sky and the foreground I spent some time trying different combinations of graduated neutral density filters trying to find a balance between the two.

Old barn in the spring.

Week 22. Simply a Sparrow.

I say simply a Sparrow but the Chipping Sparrow is one of my favourite North American Sparrow species. But they never seem to want to cooperate with me if I’m behind a camera.

This particular Chipping Sparrow appeared in the yard, messed about hiding behind feeder poles and blades of grass before flying up onto the roof. After mocking me from the roof for a while it flew down and posed for a couple of photos.

Chipping Sparrow.

Some birds from week 21.

First, a Pine Siskin. Normally an occasional winter species for us but we had large numbers last winter and we’ve still got a dozen or so around this spring. They’re an irruptive species meaning numbers vary from year to year as the birds follow food sources.

A spring Pine Siskin.

Next, a Turkey Vulture soars overhead while I waited for an uncooperative Baltimore Oriole.

Looking for something to eat.

Finally a female Common Grackle searching for a meal in the yard. An often overlooked species, a lot of people regard them as a nuisance around their bird feeders. I rather like them although I don’t have a lot of shots of the species.

A spring Common Grackle.

Week 21. Ontario’s Provincial Flower.

There’s a good show of White Trilliums on the South Bruce Peninsula this spring. The White Trillium is the provincial flower of Ontario.

The photo was taken on an afternoon walk over the Victoria Day long weekend, know as the May 2-4 weekend. I was going to title the post ‘a group of White Trilliums and a solitary yellow Dandelion’ but decided that was a bit rambling.

Ontario's Provincial Flower.