Looks Like a Face?

The new Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge isĀ Looks Like a Face.

My first thought was some insects that have markings that resemble eyes and are thought to have evolved to startle or frighten potential predators.

The most obvious species for me is the European Peacock, more commonly known simply as the Peacock Butterfly, which gets its common English name from the eyespots on the tip of each wing.

To me, the eyespots on the hindwings make it look like a rabbit peeking out from behind the forewings.

Eyespots on a Peacock Butterfly.

Fence post and a splash of Gold.

The new Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge is Fences and gates.

I had forgotten about this selective colour treatment until finding it with some shots of Swallows on barbed wire fences. I have also forgotten why I did a monochrome conversion with the selective colour.

The old license plate holding the fence post together gives a big clue about where the photo was taken. A male American Goldfinch peeking around a fence post at the photographer. Taken one summer in Saskatchewan .

Fence and a splash of Gold.

Mural, signs and a snow bank.

This week’s Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge is Murals.

I was amused by the parking signs and the thought that anyone would be parking on top of a metre (39 inch) high snow bank which is partially burying the mural.

The mural is on the side of the Sparkles Laundromat, Southampton, Ontario and celebrates the 150th anniversary of the town.

Parking signs, mural and snow bank.

Feeding during incubation.

Cee’s latest Black and White Photo Challenge is Tender Moments.

I had a few ideas for the challenge before thinking of this story of a pair of Eurasian Blue Tit nesting. Taken in 1987, this is a monochrome conversion of one of the colour shots. However, at the time I was taking black and white shots along with the colour as a local newspaper was running the story of the birds nesting.

This got me wondering if this photo project was the last time I shot black and white film. Certainly by 1987 most newspapers had gone to colour apart from a few local newspapers. If a publication wanted a black and white photo they would often convert a colour original.

To the photo, the eggs are laid. Now the female is incubating them while being fed by the male. In this photo the male has just given the female a caterpillar.

Nesting Eurasian Blue Tits

Solitary seed head.

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge this week is Isolated Objects.

This seed head came to mind as I have photographed them a few times this winter. I picked this shot because I thought the dark background would isolate the seed head from the background when converted to monochrome.

Monochrome seed head.