Lens-Artists Photo Challenge

Now and Then

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Now and Then prompt.

It took me a while to come up with an idea for a post in response to the prompt and it doesn’t really show a difference between now and pre Covid-19 days.

I thought about some of the photos taken on my walks around the neighborhood since Ontario went into lockdown in the spring. Particularly the photos of plants and flowers taken with various unusual lenses.

That’s when I realised that I have been using unusual lenses or techniques for an awfully long time.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Negative Space

Portrait of a Coneflower growing on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario. Taken with a fast portrait lens a few months ago and a favourite from the summer.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: One Single Flower

Portrait of a Prairie Lily taken in Saskatchewan, Canada in the late 1990s. I used a long telephoto lens to isolate the flower from the rest of the vegetation growing in the ditch.

Weekly Prompts: Aesthetically Appealing

Portrait of a Fuchsia flower using high speed film and a soft focus filter. Taken in the mid 1980s when I was trying to get calender and greeting card publishers interested in these types of images.

Flora and Fauna Friday

Hawthorn berries

This week the subject of Flora and Fauna Friday is Common Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) berries although technically they’re a fruit rather than a berry. The fruit is also know as a haw.

The Common Hawthorn is native to Europe, northwest Africa and West Asia. These examples were photographed at Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Hawthorn fruit
Monthly Squares

Three Of A Kind #3

Three Red Deer hinds (females) at Lyme Park, Cheshire in the autumn.

This is my day 23 contribution to Becky’s October Squares challenge on the theme of Kind.

October Squares: Three Of A Kind #3
Monthly Squares

Four Of A Kind #2

A group of four Fly Agaric fungi on Bickerton Hill in southern Cheshire, England.

This is my day 17 contribution to Becky’s October Squares challenge on the theme of Kind.

October Squares: Four Of A Kind
Monthly Squares

Seven Of A Kind

Seven young Great Tits in a nestbox in southern Cheshire.

This is my day 7 contribution to Becky’s October Squares challenge on the theme of Kind.

October Squares: Seven of a Kind
Flora and Fauna Friday

Cotoneaster berries

Flora and Fauna Friday this week is Cotoneaster horizontalis growing in a garden in Nantwich, Cheshire, England.

The plant is native to western China but it is a popular garden plant in the U.K. where it has become naturalised and may be becoming invasive. The berries are popular with various bird species in the winter.

Cotoneaster horizontalis
Saturday Bird

Eurasian Nuthatch

My Saturday Bird this week is the Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europaea).

Alternative common English names are Wood Nuthatch and simply Nuthatch. The species is found across most of Europe and a large section of Asia. This bird was photographed in Cheshire, England.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Pick a Topic from this Photo