Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the 1980s.
I had gone to the Cheshire Steam Rally early on Sunday morning. I was one of only a few people there early which meant good access to the machinery on display. I could isolate details and photograph the exhibitors polishing their machines and lighting the fire box.
This is part of the mechanism of one of the steam traction engines, the ornate paint and polished brass caught my eye.
This is my contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Hill.
There was an obvious choice for me, Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England.
Bickerton Hill is a sandstone escarpment forming part of the Sandstone Trail and the southern end of the Mid Cheshire Ridge.
The hill has a long history with an Iron Age hill fort on top of part of it and other evidence of settlement in the Neolithic or Bronze Age periods.
Autumn colour on part of the hillside.
Snow on the Cheshire plain looking north west from the top of part of the hill.
Some autumn colour isolated with a telephoto lens from the top of the escarpment.
This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Close Up of Flowers.
The centre of a Virginia Spiderwort flower after rain.
Detail of a Polyanthus petal.
Detail of a Coneflower.
This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Shadows.
I decided to go with two images of shadows being cast by trees that are also very different.
Trees and their shadows, Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England. A film shot from about 25 years ago. Taken with a long telephoto to isolate the trees and shadows as much as possible.
A barcode on the snow. A low winter sun casting long shadows of tree trunks onto snow on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada taken about 18 months ago. This was almost a monochrome image and hardly changed when doing the monochrome conversion.
A selection of bird species with Black in their common English names for the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Black.
A Black Tern feeding over a roadside marsh in Saskatchewan, Canada.
A female Blackcap feeding on a windfall apple in the winter in Cheshire, England. Female Blackcaps have brown caps.
A male Yellow-headed Blackbird displaying in Saskatchewan, Canada.
A male Common Blackbird eating a windfall apple in the winter in Cheshire, England.
A male Black-throated Blue Warbler pretending it’s an Oriole by eating the grape jelly in an Oriole feeder. Ontario, Canada.
A male Red-winged Blackbird proclaiming its territory in Saskatchewan, Canada.
This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Bathrooms/Outhouses.
As is sometimes the case, I took a sideways look at the challenge and thought about bathrooms and outhouses in the natural world.
To a bird, any water is a bathroom, here a male House Sparrow is bathing in a garden pond in Nantwich, Cheshire, England. Bathing is an important part of feather maintenance.
An adult Great Tit removing a fecal sac from a youngster in Hatherton, Cheshire, England. The young produce fecal sacs to allow the adults to remove the droppings and keep the nest clean.