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2018

Grumpy looking Blue Jay.

A shot from Sunday afternoon of week 43. It was alternating between light rain and wet snow. I had set the camera up because there had been two Fox Sparrows in the yard earlier.

The Fox Sparrows didn’t reappear but I got shots of various species including this Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata). I think it’s just the angle of the birds head that’s making it look grumpy.

Grumpy looking Blue Jay.

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Throwback Thursday

Napping male Common Pochard.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire in the 1990s. This male Common Pochard (Aythya ferina) was napping in front of a wooden hide (blind) on Hurleston Reservoir in south Cheshire. The ripples and peeking eye add to the image for me.

Large numbers of Common Pochard winter in the U.K. and this bird was in a small flock that visited the reservoir.

Common Pochard napping.

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Wordless Wednesday

Autumn colour on the Niagara Escarpment.

Golden hour autumn colour.

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2018

The last few.

A shot from a walk on the Sunday afternoon of week 43.

This Maple tree had lost almost all its leaves, there was a small group of leaves left in one spot that caught my eye.

Maple leaves in autumn.

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Cosmic Photo Challenge

Rings in circles.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is Circles.

I was in a retro mood this week and was using an old digital camera and four manual focus prime lenses. I was also planning on shooting with the intention of converting the shots to monochrome adding to the retro mood.

The monochrome plan fell through after a walk on Sunday afternoon when I left all the shots in colour. I spotted these stacked logs when heading in the grocery store Sunday morning. My plan was to look for a Circles image when I was in town but nothing caught my eye so made sure that my afternoon walk took me past the firewood.

Circles of firewood.

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52 week photo project

Week 43. Brown and green.

Week 43 saw me in a retro mood. I packed my smallest camera bag with a decade old digital camera and four manual focus prime lenses with an age range of 35 years.

Most of the week was grey skies with rain or wet snow a lot of the time so my plan was to shoot with the intention of converting the shots to monochrome adding to the retro mood. On Sunday afternoon I went for a walk and ended up leaving the shots in colour.

I often pass this patch of Ivy on my walks but don’t remember it covering as much ground as it does now. I also don’t remember seeing drifts of fallen leaves amongst the Ivy before.

Ivy leaves and autumn leaves.

 

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Amanita muscaria.

A second Fly Agaric post, Amanita muscaria is the scientific name for the mushroom.

Although classified as poisonous it hasn’t stopped slugs or snails eating part of the cap of the one on the right. You can just see the edge of eaten section slightly right of centre of the top of the cap.

At the same time, the reason it is called Fly Agaric in English is because in the past the mushroom was powdered into milk to kill flies in parts of Europe. Bug Agaric is an old alternative name for the mushroom for the same reason.

Amanita muscaria.