This week Amy has given us the prompt Natural Light for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.
Looking Up at something across the yard.
This is my day 29 contribution to Becky’s January Squares on the theme of Up.
An American Red Squirrel looking Up at something across the yard.
This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: From Ground Level prompt.
It was a good prompt for me as I usually try to get to eye level with birds and mammals. This often involves lying on the ground behind the camera.
However, I quickly realised just how many photos I had to pick from. So initially I decided to limit myself to four photos. Then I decided to go with one photo from the past four decades, partly to make the selection easier.
1980s. A male Common Blackbird checking 1what the photographer is doing. I was in a ditch photovraphing something when I noticed this male spying on me. Photographed in an abandoned orchard at Faddiley near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.
1990s. A breeding plumage Horned Grebe on a cattle watering hole. I wanted to get as low a viewpoint as possible so had the legs of the tripod fully spread and then stomped them into a mixture of mud and cattle poop before lying behind the camera. Photographed near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.
2000s. A juvenile Red Knot resting on the Lake Huron shoreline during autumn migration. The shoreline was too rocky to lie down behind the camera so I was kneeling, trying to get as low a possible. I spent long enough with the birds that they fed, bathed and napped in front of me. Photographed on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.
2010s. An American Red Squirrel in dappled sunlight. From the 52 week photo project I did in 2018 when I spent lots of time lying behind the camera photographing birds and mammals. Photographed on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
This is my contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Attitude prompt.
I thought of one particular photo of an American Red Squirrel. I have a few photos of them with an attitude but this one came to mind straight away. Maybe because of the way the squirrel is holding its front paws.
This is my day 7 contribution to Becky’s July Squares on the theme of Perspective and another of my eye level perspective photos.
This is an American Red Squirrel on the South Bruce Peninsula photographed from the animals perspective by lying in the grass with the squirrel.
This is my contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Squirrel!
I have quite a few photos of Squirrel species, most in natural settings and doing something, usually feeding.
Then I remembered this photo taken a few weeks ago when the birds weren’t cooperating. This is an American Red Squirrel on the fence around the deck getting upset with me for sitting in the yard.
An interesting photo for me because it was the first time I had used my decades old Olympus OM Zuiko 350mm lens adapted to my Sony mirrorless camera.
This is my contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Animals.
Having been digitising my slide archives I had various options so I needed to come up with a theme.
In the end I decided to keep it simple and go with one photo from my time in Cheshire, England, one from my time in Saskatchewan, Canada and one from my time in Ontario, Canada.
A Red Fox in a hay field at Faddiley, Cheshire, England. A favourite and an easy choice after the photo was used in a field guide to garden wildlife. Rather amusing as it’s fairly obviously in a hay field.
A Striped Skunk on the Middle Quill Lake shoreline, Saskatchewan, Canada in the spring. This was also a relatively easy pick despite having a few animals to select from. I went with this Skunk because a lot of people’s reaction to the photo. I was never concerned about being sprayed. Skunks have very poor eyesight so my trick is to talk calmly to them. That way they know you’re there and you aren’t going to surprise them.
An American Red Squirrel in dappled sunlight on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada. This shot was the hardest to select, in the end I went with this photo because it was used in a calendar. I also like the effect of the dappled sunlight filtering through the trees which is why I had set up in that location.