Cosmic Photo Challenge

Fisheye Birch tree trunk.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is From An Unusual Angle.

I went for a walk on Sunday morning of week 47 and dropped my fisheye lens in a coat pocket. I had the idea of using the fisheye lens to try to find a photo for the challenge. When I reached the turn around point of my walk I swapped from the telephoto I had on the camera to the fisheye lens.

This is a fisheye look at the trunk of a Paper Birch tree. To fill the frame I ended up so close to the trunk I nearly fell over the roots at the base of the trunk and then nearly hit the trunk with the lens.

A Paper Birch trunk with a fisheye lens.


An autumn Pine Siskin.

One from the archives, taken in Saskatchewan, Canada in the 1990s. The Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) looks fluffed up against the cold but it will get a lot colder in the winter.

Pine Siskins can survive very low temperatures. Their metabolic rate is 40% higher than typical for songbirds of their size. In extreme cold they can increase their metabolic rate up to five times normal.

This is my favourite Pine Siskin shot from Saskatchewan although I can’t explain why. The bird isn’t doing anything and is partially obscured by a branch. Maybe it’s the colour combination of the bird and the autumn leaves.

An autumn Pine Siskin.


Snow on the shoreline in blue.

A shot from Sunday afternoon of week 46. I was shooting with the intention of converting the shots to monochrome and gave this shot a blue tone.

The footprints in the snow aren’t mine. They annoyed me a little when I took the shots and was considering removing them but now they don’t bother me.

Early snow on the Colpoy's Bay shoreline.

Throwback Thursday

Preening in the shallows.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Hurleston Reservoir, Cheshire, England in the 1990s.

A group of Black-headed Gulls (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) in winter plumage standing in a shallow section of the reservoir. I noticed that a surprising number of the birds were taking the opportunity to preen while standing in the water.

I’ve mentioned in previous posts about species having their common English names or their scientific names changed after DNA testing. In this case the scientific name has been changed since the photo was taken and captioned. So many species have had a name changed that these days l Google a species before I write a blog post or caption photos.

Winter plumage Black-headed Gulls.

Wordless Wednesday

Early snow on Chantry Island at sunrise.

Early snow on Chantry Island at sunrise.

Snow on the shoreline.

A shot from Sunday afternoon of week 46. I did a monochrome conversion and then gave it a sepia tone.

A section of the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline below the Niagara Escarpment.

Snow on the shoreline.

Six Word Saturday

Early snow on Silver Birch trees.

Six Word Saturday.

Autumn colour, Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England.

Birch trees in early snow.