A Month of Squares Weekly Topics

Up the Flagpole

My Travel Tuesday blog post this week is a visit to the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton at sunrise and is also a contribution to Becky’s January Squares on the theme of Up.

A group of Canada Geese rising Up off the water in front of the giant Canadian flag Up the flagpole at the bottom of High Street, Southampton, Ontario.

Travel Tuesday: Up the Flagpole
One Word Sunday


This is my contribution to the One Word Sunday prompt Giggle or Gaggle.

The first thing I did was Google the definition of gaggle to see if there was a number range that constitutes a gaggle. All I found was a gaggle is three or more geese on land or water. Three or more geese flying are a skein.

A gaggle of Canada Geese on Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in southern Cheshire in the autumn.

One Word Sunday: Gaggle
Weekly Topics

Heading to Roost

Travel Tuesday is visiting the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton at sunset in the autumn.

A loose V of Canada Geese flys overhead with Chantry Island on the horizon. Soon the geese will be traveling south for the winter.

Travel Tuesday: A Loose V at Sunset
A Month of Squares

Seven, or maybe Eight Of A Kind

Depending on what or how you count.

Seven Canada Geese and the Canadian flag on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario at sunrise.

This is my day 20 contribution to Becky’s October Squares challenge on the theme of Kind.

October Squares: Canada Geese and the Canadian flag
Photo Challenges

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Tourism

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

A small selection of tourist attractions photographed over the past 40 years.

This is Beeston Castle, a popular tourist attraction in Cheshire, England.

Although the reason the photo was taken was because there was a Peregrine Falcon nest on a ledge on the cliff below the castle and a Common Raven nest in a cave on the cliff. I was part of a group of volunteers monitoring and protecting the Peregrine Falcons in the 1990s.

One Word Sunday: Monument/monumental.


Giant Canadian flag and flagpole with Canada Geese at sunrise. The flagpole is a tourist attraction at the bottom of High Street in Southampton, Ontario photographed in the 2000s.

Canada Geese and a Canadian flag.


This is a crofters cottage on the Isle of Skye, Scotland that was a museum of crofting when I was there in the late 1970s.

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Sepia Crofters Cottage.


This is Inglis Falls in Ontario, where the Sydenham River flows over the Niagara Escarpment. A popular tourist attraction to the south of Owen Sound, Ontario photographed in the mid 1980s.

Falling Water.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Seascapes and/or Lakeshore

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Seascapes and/or Lakeshore.

Having been living close to various lakes since settling in Canada in the late 1990s I had rather a lot of lakeshore options for this challenge.

So I decided to go with a selection of shots of the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada. I lived a few blocks from the lakeshore for a few years in the 2000s which means that the photos are a mix of film and digital.

Storm clouds over Lake Huron at sunset. Chantry Island and its lighthouse is on the horizon. Taken from close to Dominion Lookout on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Lakeshore.


Canada Geese and Canadian flag at sunrise from The Long Dock in Southampton. The flag is 50 x 25 feet and the flagpole is 135 feet high to celebrate the town’s 135 anniversary.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Lakeshore.


The range light at the mouth of the Saugeen River at sunrise. Taken from close to Dominion Lookout looking north.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Lakeshore.


A section of the shoreline at dawn. Looking north from The Long Dock.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Lakeshore.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Unique

I had a few ideas for this Lens-Artists Photo Challenge which is Unique.

It was only when selecting photos for the challenge that it occurred to me just how many are unique. So I decided to restrict my selection to photos taken around the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada, because that was where the first two photos I selected were taken.

A unique mix of driftwood and pebbles on the Lake Huron shoreline at sunrise.

Driftwood and pebbles.

A unique mix of Canada Geese and clouds over Chantry Island at sunset.

Chantry Island at sunset.

A unique mix of ice and open water on Lake Huron at dusk in the spring.

Blue ice, orange water.

A unique mix of sun and cloud over Chantry Island soon after sunrise.

Chantry Island Lighthouse at sunrise.

A unique splash as a wave breaks over a rock.

Waves on the shoreline.

A unique mix of waves and ripples at sunrise.

Sunrise waves.