This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Numbers or Letters.
I thought I would go with the numbers One to 7.
One American Robin posing for a photo.
Two Yellow Lady’s Slipper Orchids.
Three old Fordson tractors.
Four Maple leaves on a moss covered boulder.
Five Sandhill Cranes silhouetted at sunset.
Six Yamaha RD 350 LC motorcycles.
This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Trees.
Hoarfrost covered trees at sunrise, Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Silver Birch trees in snow on Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England.
Quaking Aspens reflected in a slough in the autumn, Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Trees in the snow, Hatherton, Cheshire, England.
Abstract trees on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
Trees and their shadows, Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England.
A hodgepodge of tree trunks on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
This is my contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Road.
Originally I thought I would go with two roads in summer many miles apart in Canada. Then I remembered a shot from Christmas day, 2017.
A back road in the summer on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada. I was returning from photographing a sunrise when I stopped for this shot. I liked the way the low sun was illuminating the grass seed heads along the sides of the road.
A back road on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario on Christmas day, 2017. Falling snow is obscuring the end of the road.
This gravel road in Saskatchewan, Canada should have had a Road Closed sign at the junction so you wouldn’t drive down it only to find the road was underwater.
ThIs is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Comfort.
My initial idea was a selection of comfortable looking bird and wildlife subjects. Then I got thinking about some of the close encounters I have had. When birds and wildlife have been comfortable enough to ignore me and carry on doing what they were doing before a photographer pointed a lens at them.
Lying in the yard in Ontario, Canada I was trying to get shots of an uncooperative male Cardinal when this Eastern Chipmunk started posing for the camera.
I was in the yard photographing Sparrow species one spring when this American Red Squirrel started feeding on seed under the bird feeders. Ontario, Canada.
I had gone down to the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton for the sunrise when I found a couple of juvenile Red Knot on the shoreline. I spent some time with them, they fed, bathed, preened and even slept in front of me. Ontario, Canada.
I was sitting on a bench at Dominion Lookout on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton when this Red Fox came trotting along the shoreline and continued on past me. Ontario, Canada.
I was lying in a mix of sand and wildfowl poop photographing American White Pelicans when a small flock of Wilson’s Phalarope landed on the shoreline and proceeded to feed around me. This female posed for a portrait before walking so close to me that the lens couldn’t focus on her. Saskatchewan, Canada.
I was in the yard photographing birds when this Racoon appeared and started eyeing up the bird feeders. Ontario, Canada.
I was photographing a plant in a ditch when this male Common Blackbird came over to investigate the strange behaviour of the human. Cheshire, England.
The new Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is Feathers.
An easy challenge for me having been photographing birds for decades. So I decided to do something a little different, rather than just picking photos of birds I would select shots where the birds feathers were a feature of the photo.
Feather maintenance. A well camouflaged juvenile Red Knot preening on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada. The bird has stopped over on its way south for the winter.
Feather washing. An adult European Robin bathing which is an important part of feather maintenance. Hatherton, Cheshire, England.
Feather iridescence. Iridescent feathers on a male Common Grackle are used to attract a female and are an indication of the health of the bird. South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
Feathers for insulation. A male Evening Grosbeak warms one leg and foot in its feathers at -30°C. Greenwater Lake Provincial Park, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Feather feeding. An adult Great Crested Grebe feeding one of its own breast feathers to its young. Hurleston Reservoir, Cheshire, England. There is some debate about why many species of Grebe feed their breast feathers to the young.
Feathers spread for take off. A Black-capped Chickadee taking flight on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
The new Wits End Weekly Photo Challenge is Wheels.
I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before thinking of the photos of some of the vehicles I have used to carry camera gear around and even used as portable hides (blinds).
A pickup truck I used in Saskatchewan and later in Ontario, Canada. I put a fibreglass tonneau cover on the box so I could store tripods and hides (blinds) in the box. Frequently used as a hide in Saskatchewan.
A van I used in the U.K. It had a mount for a tripod head attached to the drivers door.
A quad bike I used in Saskatchewan, Canada. The tripod was strapped to the front rack.
A car I used in Saskatchewan, Canada. There should have been a road closed sign at the end of the back road.
A motorcycle I used around the U.K. and Europe. There was often a waterproof Pelican case strapped to the pillion seat.
The new Weekly Photo Challenge is Rise/Set.
This is my second post on this challenge but is actually the first version I put together before changing my mind and rewriting.
A moonrise from the mid 1970s and used in a slideshow which was part of my O level art exhibition. Taken from behind my parents house in Cheshire, England.
Decades later and on a different continent in Ontario, Canada we have a spring sunset. The sun is setting behind Chantry Island and it’s lighthouse with a mix of ice and open water on Lake Huron in the foreground.