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CFFC

Blue Flowers

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge prompt: Flowers: Blue or Purple.

I thought of two blue flowers that I find visually interesting, Borage and Chicory.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Borage flower and buds

A Borage flower in a garden in Nantwich, Cheshire, England in the mid 1990s. Photographed with a 300mm telephoto lens to isolate the flower and buds from the surrounding plants.

Portrait of a Chicory flower.

A Chicory flower on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada last September. Photographed with a fast portrait lens to help isolate the flower from the surrounding plants.

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Weekly Topics

Borage flower and buds

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is a Borage (Borago officinalis) flower and buds. An alternative common English name is Starflower.

A popular cottage garden plant it is now being grown commercially to produce Borage Seed Oil. This specimen was photographed in a garden in Nantwich, Cheshire, England.

 

Flora and Fauna Friday: Borage flower and buds

 

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Becky's Squares

Alien Egg Sacks?

Or simply seeds of the Borage plant photographed with a high magnification macro lens?

This is my day 14 contribution to Becky’s July Squares on the theme of Perspective.

 

July Squares: Alien Egg Sacks

 

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CFFC

CFFC: Gardens

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Gardens.

A selection of nature subjects taken in a variety of gardens over the years.

 

A Redwing eating a Holly berry photographed in a Cheshire, England garden in the mid 1980s.

A Redwing in a Holly tree.

 

Orange Daylily photographed in an Ontario, Canada garden a couple of years ago.

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Bloom.

 

An Eastern Chipmunk photographed in a garden in Ontario, Canada a decade or so ago.

An Eastern Chipmunk posing for a photo.

 

Borage flower buds photographed in Cheshire, England garden in the mid 1990s.

Borage plant.

 

A leucistic juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker photographed in a Cheshire, England garden in the late 1980s.

Leucistic Woodpecker on a suet feeder.

 

A Coneflower photographed in an Ontario, Canada garden a year or two ago.

Echinacea or Coneflower.

 

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Becky's Squares

July Squares: Blue Borage flower

This is a contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Blue photo challenge.

A Borage flower photographed in Cheshire, England with a 300mm telephoto lens to isolate the flower from cluttered surroundings.

July Squares: Blue Borage flower.

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CFFC

CFFC: 5+ Items

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: 5+ Items.

As the challenge is 5+ I decided to go with a selection of six photos.

5+ young Eurasian Blue Tits.

Almost ready to leave the nestbox.

 

5+ tree trunks.

Tree trunks in the autumn.

 

5+ Common Merganser ducklings.

Ducks in a row.

 

5+ Borage seeds.

Borage plant seeds.

 

5+ red berries.

A group of red berries.

 

5+ American White Pelicans.

Feeding party of American White Pelicans.

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Photo Challenges

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Outdoors

This is my contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge: Outdoors.

As someone who is primarily an outdoor photographer I had plenty of photos to pick from but I needed a theme to follow. So I decided to go with as wide a variety of subject matter as possible and to start in the 1970s and end this summer.

One of my earliest photos. The negative for the first version got lost or damaged so I reshot the scene next time there was snow. Trees in snow, Hatherton, Cheshire, England in the mid 1970s.

trees in snow, Hatherton, Cheshire, England.

Entering the start/finish straight at around midnight at the Le Mans 24 hour motorcycle endurance race. Le Mans, France in April 1982.

Night racing

Light beam on a hillside at Loch Arkaig, Scotland in the autumn of 1985.

Sunset light beam.

A Red Fox in a hay field taken in Faddiley, Cheshire, England in the late 1980s.

Hunting Red Fox.

A Borage flower bud photographed in Nantwich, Cheshire, England in the mid 1990s.

Borage plant.

An American White Pelican at Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, Saskatchewan, Canada in the late 1990s.

breeding adult American White Pelican

Waves and rocks at sunrise on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada in the early 2000s.

Rocks and waves.

Canada Day fireworks from the dock at Colpoy’s Bay. The fireworks are in the town of Wiarton a couple of miles away across the bay. Taken on Canada Day last year.

Fireworks for Canada Day.

Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise this summer.

Colpoy's Bay at sunrise.