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Weekly Photo Challenge

Crowded and Tangled

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge set by Ann-Christine who asked us to Pick a Word from a list in her post.

I went with two of the words for my post, Crowded and Tangled.

Lens-Artists: Pick a Word
A Crowd of Oystercatchers at Point of Air on the North Wales coast in the winter.
Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Chaos
A Tangle of Snow Geese on autumn migration at Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Chaos
A Tangle of Black-headed Gulls over Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich, Cheshire, England in the winter.
Tuesday Photo Challenge - Connect
A Crowd of American White Pelicans fishing on a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, Saskatchewan, Canada.
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Weekly Photo Challenge

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Sanctuary

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Sanctuary prompt.

On reading the prompt I didn’t have any ideas for some time. Then I thought about the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan, Canada.

The National Wildlife Area includes the Last Mountain Lake Bird Sanctuary, the first federal bird sanctuary in North America.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Connect

The sanctuary is a breeding area for American White Pelicans.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Up In The Air

A section of the sanctuary at sunset in the autumn.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Chaos

Snow Geese on autumn migration in the sanctuary.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

A section of the sanctuary at sunset in the winter.

 

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Monthly Squares

Eye Level with an American White Pelican

This is my day 11 contribution to Becky’s July Squares on the theme of Perspective and another of my eye level perspective photos.

This is an American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) on a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan, Canada. In the breeding season adult birds grow a laterally flattened horn on the upper bill. The horn is shed after the birds have mated and laid eggs.

It was a hot, sunny afternoon so if I wanted to get to eye level with the birds I had two choices, lying in the sun at the edge of the water or set up a tripod in the water and sit in the water with the camera. I chose to sit in the water.

 

Eye Level with an American White Pelican

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge

A Photo a Week Challenge: Threes and Threes

This is my contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Threes and Threes challenge.

Three photos of threes.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Summer Scenes

Three American White Pelicans on a section of Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan, Canada.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Water

Storm clouds and light beams at Loch Arkaig, Scotland. Something of a rarity for me, a scenic photo sort of following the rule of thirds.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Isolation Cravings

Three birds silhouetted against the rising sun on Colpoy’s Bay, Ontario, Canada at sunrise.

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Summer

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge which for the month of July has themes of the seasons, the first is Summer.

As the month has a theme I decided to go with a theme for each of the season posts. I decided to go with one bird, one scenic and one flora or fauna subject for each season and to make the three photos as varied as possible.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Connect

An American White Pelican on a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan, Canada. Taken while sitting in the water to keep cool in the summer of 1999.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A River Runs Through It

The range light at the mouth of the Saugeen River in Southampton on the Lake Huron shoreline in Ontario, Canada. The 30th photo taken with my then new Olympus E-410 in the summer of 2007.

 

Throwback Thursday: 11th June 2020

Two Common Frogs waiting to catch insects visiting the Thyme flowers in a Hatherton, Cheshire, England garden in the summer of 1988.

 

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Cosmic Photo Challenge

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Feel the Heat

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Feel the Heat.

When the prompt was posted this part of Ontario had dropped from 30°C to 12°C in the space of 48 hours. So I decided to go with a small selection of photos from my archives taken when I remembered some detail about the heat.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Feel the Heat

Donington Park race circuit in the early 1980s. I was a motorcycle racing guy, I had gone to Donington Park to check out an up and coming racer people were talking about called Ayrton Senna. So of course, I got photos of lots of cars apart from Ayrton Senna. It was that hot in the sun I ended up with blisters on my right ear.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Connect

Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, Saskatchewan in the late 1990s. I wanted to get as close to eye level with the American White Pelicans as possible. That meant either lying in the hot sun at the edge of the channel or setting up a tripod in the water and sitting in the water behind it.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Feel the Heat

A section of the Lake Huron shoreline at dawn in the mid 2000s. I had gone down to the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario at dawn as it was only going to get hotter as the day went on. I had recently got a new, plastic bodied digital camera and remember wondering how hot it could get before the heat started affecting the camera.

 

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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.