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Photo Challenges

Renewal

This is my contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Renewal prompt.

I thought of spring as a time of renewal, possibly because we’re a few days from having had four months of snow.

As Ontario was under the first lockdown last spring I was going for walks around the neighborhood. As a result I documented the growth of some Maple leaves by simply walking past them on a regular basis.

Wordless Wednesday: 13th May 2020

The first buds of spring. The unusual loop made the twig easy to remember.

Wordless Wednesday: 20th May 2020

The buds are starting to open.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Midsummer

Backlit leaves soon after they were fully open.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Surprise

Backlit leaves in monochrome.

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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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Six Word Saturday

New Buds and Last Year’s Leaves

Taken on a walk last Wednesday.

My contribution to Six Word Saturday.

Six Word Saturday: New Buds and Last Year's Leaves

 

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Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday: 13th May 2020

Wordless Wednesday: 13th May 2020

 

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Weekly Prompts

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Close

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Close.

A close up of a mostly closed Oriental Poppy flower bud with deliberate motion blur and a selective colour treatment.

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Close.

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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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Throwback Thursday

Oriental Poppy flower bud.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire in the mid 1980s. At the time I was experimenting with a variety of techniques photographing nature subjects.

One of the techniques involved using slower shutter speeds to show some movement in the subjects. This Oriental Poppy flower bud was one of my favourites from my experiments with the technique. I like the hint of sharpness on some of the hairs on the bud and the splash of red where the flowers petals are starting to show.

Poppy flower bud with motion blur.