Weekly Prompts


This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Colour Challenge – Ruby.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Macro
A Ruby-tailed Wasp, Hatherton, Cheshire, England
Saturday Bird: Ruby-throated Hummingbird
A male Ruby-throated Hummingbird on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
Photo Challenges


This is my contribution to Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge: April letter E at the beginning or ending of a word prompt.

When I read the prompt I came up with a good word that started and ended with E. I didn’t make a note of it and can’t remember what it was so this is my fall back post.

Looking down Eastgate Street in the city of Chester. In the distance is the Eastgate with the Eastgate Clock on top of the gate. The east gate was the original eastern entrance to the Roman fortress Deva Victrix that became Chester.

The gate has been rebuilt multiple times, the current gate dates from 1768.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Narrow

Large and Small

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Size Comparison of Objects prompt.

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Odd Couples

Large and small caterpillars of the Large White Butterfly.

Silent Sunday: 7th February 2021

Large and small Maple leaves on snow.

Weekly Topics

Male Orange Tip Butterfly

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is a follow-up of sorts to last week’s post, Bluebells.

This is a male Orange Tip Butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines) feeding on Bluebells in a cottage garden at Faddiley near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

Found throughout Europe and temperate Asia, in the U.K. it is another sign of spring. The female does not have the orange tip on the forewing.

Friendly Friday: Re-imagine Orange
One Word Sunday


This is my contribution to Debbie’s One Word Sunday prompt Vertiginous.

I had a couple of ideas for the prompt before remembering this photo. Taken approximately 30 years ago, I’m looking over a sandstone escarpment down on the Cheshire plain below. The slope is so steep it used to form the defensive edge of an Iron Age hill fort.

One Word Sunday: History
Weekly Topics

European Stonechat

My Saturday Bird this week is the European Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola).

Originally considered a member of the Thrush family genetic testing has shown it is a member of the Old World Flycatcher family.

This individual is a male photographed at Hurleston in southern Cheshire, England in late winter. The birds head and back will soon start turning darker as it changes to summer plumage to attract a mate.

Saturday Bird: European Stonechat
Cosmic Photo Challenge

First Hints of Spring

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: First Hints of Spring prompt.

It was snowing hard when Dale posted the prompt so my contribution is from my archives.

Throwback Thursday: 16th April 2020

Two hints of spring, a male Orange Tip Butterfly feeding on Bluebells in Cheshire, England.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Dusk

A hint of spring, ice on Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada breaking up during the spring thaw.

April Squares: Singing from the Top of the Cattail

A hint of spring, a recently arrived male Yellow-headed Blackbird singing to proclaim his territory in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Hints of Spring

A hint of spring, a male Common Merganser swimming amongst ice on Lake Huron at Southampton, Ontario, Canada during the spring thaw. The Common Merganser is known as the Goosander in Europe.