Spot the Great Blue Heron.

The new Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is Signs.

I had a few ideas for the challenge before thinking of some photos of a Great Blue Heron fishing behind a no fishing sign.

In some shots I focused on the bird, others I focused on the sign. For this challenge I picked a shot where the sign was in focus and the Heron appears to be laughing at the sign.

No Fishing Sign.

Trails in the snow.

The new Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is Walks, Trails, Sidewalks.

Not the most appropriate challenge for someone currently stuck in a hospital bed but I can’t resist a challenge.

I had a few ideas but in the end went with my first one. I can’t explain why the snow didn’t stick to the trails through the trees. As the trails are sand maybe the sand was to damp or to warm.

Trails across Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England in the snow.

Silver Birch trees in the snow.

Trees and Shadows.

The new Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is Shadows.

I have a few versions of this scene. Taken from the top of Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England looking towards North Wales. The row of trees casting long shadows caught my eye and I wanted to isolate them.

That meant using a telephoto lens, the starting point was a 300mm and for this version I had a 1.4x teleconverter behind the lens to isolate them even more. I had a 600mm lens with me but the wind was so strong on the top of Bickerton Hill that it was unusable. So for the 600mm versions I used a 2x teleconverter behind the 300mm.

Shadows from trees.

Shiny Grackle.

The new Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is Shiny.

My initial ideas involved ice as winter seems to be dragging on in this part of Ontario.

I then started thinking about some of the bird species with iridescent plumage and thought of the male Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) that should be arriving in Ontario soon. They’re quite a colourful species in the right light although not very popular with some people who feed the birds when they descend in large flocks.

A portrait of a male Common Grackle on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario in the spring.

A shiny male Common Grackle.

Smooth Water, Soft Clouds.

The new Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is Smooth.

This made me think of some of the long exposure shots I’ve taken to soften water and show movement in the clouds.

The shot I eventually selected is a 60 second exposure. The long exposure has smoothed the water out and softened the clouds.

Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise.

Colpoy's Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise.

Snow texture.

Having posted my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge Texture a couple of days ago I went for a walk mid week as it was sunny, a rare event recently. The low afternoon sun was picking up the texture of the snow so took this shot of a Maple leaf on it.

I added a frame using the Snapseed app on my tablet.

Maple leaf on snow.