I had checked this prompt and had a photo planned for the One Word Sunday: Plastic challenge. I was going to photograph the small spirit (bubble) level I have been carrying in various camera bags for decades and using to level cameras on tripods.

I hadn’t even got the level out of the bag when I noticed the colour of the blue water bottle sitting on the table. I knew there was a second, purple, water bottle in the fridge so decided to change my plan for the challenge. As it turned out, this image ties in with Debbie’s One Word Sunday photo.

The reason for my change of direction was to make a point. These two water bottles have each been refilled hundreds of times. We never buy bottled water even though there seems to be a good recycling system in place in this part of Ontario.

That’s because I read that while one of the producers of bottled water was claiming that 70-75% of plastic water bottles are recycled in Ontario a non-profit organization that challenges corporate and government claims estimates only 14% are recycled. Another group estimate 1 billion plastic bottles end up in Ontario landfills each year.

One Word Sunday: Plastic

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.


July Squares: Holly Blue Butterfly.

A contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Blue photo challenge, day 30 of the 31 days of July.

With only two days left I decided to ignore the various blue birds, flowers and landscapes to go with another blue insect.

This is a Holly Blue Butterfly photographed on Holly in Hatherton, Cheshire, England.

July Squares: Holly Blue Butterfly.