Willet walking around a slough.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Saskatchewan in the mid 1990s.

This was going to be a contribution to the July Squares: Blue photo challenge but I ran out of days before running out of blue squares.

I photographed this Willet as it walked on the detritus around the edge of a slough near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada. Taken from a pickup truck window while resting the lens on a bean bag on the window frame.

Willet walking around a slough.

July Squares: Flying in front of Blue.

My last contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Blue photo challenge. Thank you Becky for a fun month of blue squares.

Day 31 and the last day of the challenge so I thought something flying off into the sunset was appropriate. So here’s a bird flying towards me shortly after sunrise and the blue is water rather than sky.

An Osprey carries a recently caught White Sucker over Lake Huron. Taken from Dominion Lookout on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

July Squares: Flying in front of Blue.


Cosmic Photo Challenge: Living in the Light.

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Living in the Light.

As a photographer I pay attention to the light and had several ideas for the challenge. In the end I decided to make light the theme of my contribution. Here’s a few photos where the quality of light is a major part of the image.

A male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the shade with sunlight illuminating the background. Last year I spent some time experimenting with different lighting conditions and had set up in the yard so that any birds landing on the branch in the shade would have sunlight illuminating the background.

Archaic bird photography of a Rose-breasted Grosbeak.


Two backlit Sandhill Cranes soon after sunrise. I was heading home after going down to Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise when I spotted the birds feeding in a hay field with the light behind them.

Sandhill Cranes at sunrise.


An American Red Squirrel in dappled sunlight. I deliberately set up in the yard where the birds and mammals would be moving in and out of the patches of sunlight.

Sunlit Squirrel.