Photo Challenges


This is my contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Backlit prompt.

Travel Tuesday: Up the Flagpole

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

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Midsummer

Backlit Maple leaves on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario in spring.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Fantasy

Backlit ice formation on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline at sunrise.

Monochrome Monday: 18th May 2020

Backlit pit stop. A rider leaving the pits after a nighttime pit stop during the Le Mans 24 hour motorcycle endurance race in France.

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
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.


On the tip of the Bruce Peninsula

A longer and very different post from what my regular readers are used to. I want to talk about my experiences at the Tobermory Hyperbaric Facility and The Meeting Place in Tobermory, Ontario.

As I may have hinted at in some earlier posts from 2019 I have had an ongoing health issue that started late in 2018. I had a sore on my right calf that I couldn’t get to heal and that became infected. As a result, between Christmas and the new year I found myself in the local emergency room being put on intravenous antibiotics.

Six weeks later a succession of doctors and a surgeon had managed to almost double the size of the sore and it was also deeper into the leg. I was beginning to wonder if it would ever heal and was getting very frustrated with the medical treatment I was receiving.

One of the nurses dressing what was by now a wound realised how frustrated I was and arranged for me to see Dr. George Harpur who runs the hyperbaric chamber in Tobermory on the northern tip of the Bruce Peninsula. Dr. Harpur took over my treatment and after a few visits I was ready to go into the hyperbaric chamber.

After 22 sessions (11 days) in the hyperbaric chamber the wound had shrunk from over an inch in diameter to the size of a small pea. I’m still surprised at the speed the wound healed.

Having two sessions in the hyperbaric chamber each day I went over to The Meeting Place between sessions. There’s a lounge area, various rooms and a kitchen where you can use the microwave to warm something up for your lunch. It’s open to anyone and has Wi-Fi. Some of my blog activity over the past couple of weeks has been from there.

A very useful facility with a nice atmosphere. With a wide variety of activities held there I would describe it as a hub for the local community. It’s a popular place and a great concept, other communities in the area could take note.

To the photo and its connection to this post. I first visited Tobermory in the summer of 1985. I took a glass bottomed boat tour out to Flowerpot Island and took this photo from the back of the boat as it was leaving Tobermory.

Canadian flag on a tour boat.


Canadian flag at sunrise

One from the archives, taken 11 years ago on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

The Canadian flag is at the bottom of High Street in Southampton. It was erected to commemorate the 135th anniversary of Southampton and is 135 feet high. The flag is 50 feet by 25 feet.

I had the tripod set up on the beach to the south shooting a variety of compositions of the backlit flag when a family party of Canada Geese flew north along the shoreline. I waited for them to fly into the frame so I could get a shot of them and the flag.

Canada Geese and a Canadian flag.