This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Showcase Yourself.
Having been taking photos for over 40 years I had a few ideas for the challenge and changed my plans for the post several times. Eventually I decided to pick one image from each decade.
Storm clouds and light beams over Loch Arkaig, Scotland in 1985. After 3 days of rain it stopped for a while.
Male and female American Avocets on a slough near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1995. I spent an hour with the birds, the only sighting of the species I have had.
An Osprey with a White Sucker on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada in 2008. I went down to the shoreline for the sunrise and stayed for a while checking out what birds were around.
Rainbow over a barn on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada in 2017. The rain was too heavy to stop for a shot of the rainbow over some trees in their autumn colour. A quarter mile later the rain had eased off enough to stop.
This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: 2 Items or the Number Two.
Having rather a long list of photos to pick from I decided to limit myself to eight photos.
Two tree trunks in the snow on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
Two American Herring Gulls taking a shower on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.
Two Silver-studded Blue Butterflies mating, Shropshire, England.
Two Eurasian Blue Tit, the male has just fed the female during incubation, Cheshire, England.
Two Banded Demoselles, the female is egg laying with the male in the background, Cheshire, England.
Two American Avocets feeding on a slough in Saskatchewan, Canada.
Two Common Redpolls on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
Two Yellow Lady’s Slipper Orchids on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Favourite Things.
So here is a hodgepodge of some of my favourite things.
My favourite Squirrel species, an American Red Squirrel on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
One of my favourite sunrise locations, Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Canada.
One of my favourite North American shorebirds, two American Avocets feeding on a slough in Saskatchewan, Canada.
My favourite North American Sparrow species, a diminutive Chipping Sparrow on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
One of my favourite European birds, a European Robin given a selective colour treatment.
My favourite lens, the Olympus OM Zuiko 350mm. I purchased it used nearly a quarter of a century ago and it’s still my go to lens for birds and wildlife. The ground pod set up in the photo was used to photograph the American Red Squirrel at the start of this post. The lens has also been used for quite a few landscape, sunrise and sunset images over the years.
My favourite camera bag. The Domke F-2 RuggedWear, a waxed cotton canvas bag. I decided to try a canvas Domke F-6 bag a few years ago. I wanted a smaller, lighter shoulder bag for my retro kit of three (now four) manual focus prime lenses. I discovered that the soft canvas bag stayed on my hip without swinging and bouncing around and seemed easier on my shoulder. I needed a bigger bag than the F-6 for my regular kit of zoom lenses so I swapped the Tenba bag I had been using for decades for the Domke F-2.
This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is Hidden In Plain Sight: Photo Elements You Might Have Missed.
This is a photo of a pair of American Avocets in Saskatchewan, Canada. They’re in breeding plumage having arrived for the summer. You may wonder what I missed? The photo was taken in the mid 1990s but until I copied the slide a couple of years ago I hadn’t noticed the behaviour of the two birds.
The bird on the left seems to be ready to mate while the other bird appears to be preening as if getting ready to go on a date. By the curve of their bills it’s a female ready to mate and a male preening.
A pair of American Avocets feeding on a slough in Saskatchewan. By the curve of the bills it’s a male in front and a female behind.
A film shot from Saskatchewan in the mid 1990s. Taken from a vehicle window using a bean bag on the window frame to support the lens. A form of Throwback Thursday.