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Travel Tuesday

Peek-A-Boo

Welcome to my second Travel Tuesday.

I spent part of the summer of 1995 in Saskatchewan, Canada shooting nature and travel photos for a couple of U.K. photo agencies.

I was photographing a small group of American Goldfinches feeding on weed seeds in a ditch when I noticed this male peeking around the fence post at me. The old Saskatchewan license plate someone had nailed to the fence post to stop it splitting further made it both a travel and a nature photo.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Summer Vacation 2020

 

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Monochrome Monday

Monochrome Monday: 15th June 2020

Monochrome Monday travels back to Saskatchewan in the mid 1990s and an inquisitive male American Goldfinch.

I was photographing a small group of American Goldfinches feeding on weed seeds in a ditch when I noticed this male peeking around the fence post at me. The fence post is an old railroad tie (or sleeper to the British) that was splitting. So in the past someone had nailed an old Saskatchewan license plate across the split to hold it together.

 

Monochrome Monday: 15th June 2020

 

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A Photo a Week Challenge

A Photo a Week Challenge: Summer Vacation 2020

This is my contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Summer Vacation 2020.

The prompt is about an ideal, dream vacation given the Covid-19 pandemic that makes vacation plans somewhat irrelevant at the moment. Which gave me the opportunity to look back and consider where I would like to return to with a digital camera.

Before the list of locations became too long I made sure only summer ones were on the list. This quickly made one location stand out, south central Saskatchewan.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Summer Vacation 2020

A summer plumage male American Goldfinch spying on the photographer. Photographed near the village of Punnichy.

 

Weekly Prompts: Boundaries

A female Wilson’s Phalarope on the shoreline of Middle Quill Lake.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Summer Vacation 2020

A male Mountain Bluebird with food for the young in a nearby nest. Photographed near the village of Punnichy.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Summer Vacation 2020

A Marbled Godwit in a marsh at Little Quill Lake.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Through an Opening

Summer plumage American Avocets feeding on a slough near the village of Punnichy.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Connect

An American White Pelican on a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area.

 

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Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday: 18th March 2020

Wordless Wednesday: 18th March 2020

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

Friendly Friday: Simple Joys

When considering the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Simple Joys prompt I remembered going down to the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline for the sunrise and the joy of being entertained by a Belted Kingfisher pretending to be a Barn Swallow by sitting on a power line along the road.

That made me wonder what the sunrise had been like and what else I had photographed that day. That then got me thinking about coming home from another sunrise and spotting two Sandhill Cranes in a hay field in nice early morning light.

That was on the 4th August 2018 so here’s a selection of simple joys from that day.

 

Colpoy's Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at dawn.

The simple joy of a section of the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline to myself for a 50 second exposure at dawn.

 

Fog and low cloud.

The simple joy of a black and white photo of the mist and low cloud over the Niagara Escarpment across the bay.

 

Sandhill Cranes at sunrise.

The simple joy of spotting these two Sandhill Cranes in a hay field coming home from the sunrise.

 

Male American Goldfinch.

The simple joy of setting up a camera in the yard to photograph this male American Goldfinch in its smart summer plumage.

 

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Cosmic Photo Challenge

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Look Up

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Look Up.

The first thing that came to mind when I read the prompt was the various bird species I have photographed in the yard as they look up, making sure that there isn’t a predatory species about.

A male American Goldfinch checking the sky.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Look Up

 

A Chipping Sparrow looking up.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Look Up

 

A Raccoon looking up, contemplating going after the bird feeders despite me being out in the yard.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Candid

 

A Red-breasted Nuthatch looking up as it feeds in the grass.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Look Up

 

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A Photo a Week Challenge

A Photo a Week Challenge: At Play

This is my rather late contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: At Play. I only discovered the prompt days after it was posted.

A male Common Blackbird playing hide and seek with the photographer in Cheshire, England.

A Photo a Week Challenge: At Play

 

A male American Goldfinch playing hide and seek with the photographer in Saskatchewan, Canada.

A Photo a Week Challenge: At Play