This is my contribution to the One Word Sunday prompt Communication.
I very briefly considered smartphones, tablets and laptops before thinking of the various forms of communication in the animal kingdom. Territorial displays and courtship displays came to mind.
Then I got thinking about the times I have communicated with other species.
This Raccoon wandered into the yard one afternoon when I was outside photographing birds. I told it that it could stay as long as it left the bird feeders alone, which it did.
An American Red Squirrel in the yard getting upset with another Red Squirrel and looking at me when I told it to calm down. The Squirrel appears to have a Tick attached between the right foreleg and its body. Something I didn’t notice at the time when I was lying in the grass.
Finally, two forms of communication in one photo. This is a utility pole carrying telephone lines. The marks on the pole are where a Black Bear has used it to sharpen its claws, communicating its territory to other bears.
This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Change Your Perspective prompt.
Patti set the challenge by inviting us to “break the habit of shooting photos at eye-level and change your perspective.”
I had a couple of ideas for the challenge. The first was a selection of photos taken at eye level to the subject which can be vastly different to the photographer’s eye-level. The second idea was a selection of photos where the camera is anything but level, pointing up or down.
I had started selecting photos for my second idea before deciding to combine the two.
Look Up. And don’t be afraid to experiment. Motion blurred tree trunks created by vertically panning the camera during exposure. The extra distortion around the edges of the photo are from using a fisheye lens. Taken last winter on one of my walks around the neighborhood.
Look Down. In this case into a tree filled valley after overnight snow. Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England.
Look Up. And don’t be afraid to experiment again. This photo was made by zooming the lens during exposure. Taken this winter very close to where I took the first Look Up photo the previous winter.
Eye Level. In this case being at eye level with this American Red Squirrel meant lying in the yard with the lens an inch or two above the grass.
Eye Level. In this case I got to eye level with the Redwing by photographing it from a bedroom window.
This is a contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Fan Of… #55 and a ramble about a lens I have been using for 24 years.
I brought the Olympus OM Zuiko 350mm f/2.8 used in 1996 and over the past 24 years it has been used to photograph a wide variety of subjects. The idea for this post came from exchanging comments with Jez after my recent Fan Of… Olympus Cameras post.
Having owned the lens for so long I have thousands of photos taken with it and I was having a very hard time selecting just five or six for this post. So this will be part one of two, this post will cover bird and wildlife images while the second post will cover everything else.
The 350mm lens on my home made ground pod. The ground pod dates back to the early 1990s.
An Osprey with a White Sucker on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario in 2008.
An American Red Squirrel in dappled sunlight on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario in 2018.
American White Pelicans on a channel where a marsh drains into a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, Saskatchewan in 1999. I was sitting in the water with the lens on a tripod in the water with me.
A Eurasian Wren singing in the spring of 1997 at a reservoir in south Cheshire, England.
A juvenile Ruby-throated Hummingbird in flight on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario in 2018.
A Richardson’s Ground Squirrel looking for something to eat having just emerged from hibernation in the spring of 1998. Taken close to the town of Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.
This is my contribution to Cee’s On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Sit in the Sunshine.
One photo came to mind almost instantly when I read the prompt for week 4 of the challenge. After that it was simply a case of finding a couple more photos to go with it.
A Dunnock sitting in the sun in Hatherton, Cheshire, England. Its feathers are fluffed up because it’s sunbathing which is why it came to mind so quickly.
A Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel sits in the sun having just emerged from its burrow in the spring. Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.
An American Red Squirrel sitting in the sun on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
This is my day 20 contribution to Becky’s January Squares: Light photo challenge.
An American Red Squirrel in dappled sunlight on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
Well, technically front paws but being used the same way as hands.
An American Red Squirrel feeding on seed under the bird feeders for the One Word Sunday challenge Hands.
This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Candid.
I considered the more obvious candid shots of humans before deciding to go in a completely different direction.
An American Red Squirrel on the South Bruce Peninsula. One of the squirrels in the area that are so used to me being around that they ignore me allowing me to take candid portraits as they go about their business.
An Eastern Chipmunk ignoring the photographer.
A Racoon that wandered into the yard. It’s more interested in the bird feeders than the photographer.