When I read the prompt for Nancy’s A Photo a Week challenge: Work several ideas for a contribution came to mind.
Initially I was thinking about a small selection of photos showing various aspects of farming. In the 1980s and 1990s farming practices were a common request to photo agencies. As I was living in Cheshire, England, a farming area, and had assorted contacts in the farming community I took every opportunity to photograph farming for the agencies.
I then decided to go with a selection of photos of just one activity, ploughing, to show a variety of compositions on one subject. Knowing both the farmer whose land was being ploughed and the contractor doing the ploughing gave me unlimited access.
A vertical side view.
A horizontal three quarter view.
A vertical front view.
This is my contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Transport.
I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before thinking about two of the slides I had made digital copies of over the Christmas period. They were of old fashioned transport used to ferry goods in the past.
A row of restored classic commercial vehicles on display at a steam rally in Cheshire, England.
A hire fleet of narrowboats on a canal in Cheshire, England. These are modern narrowboats with steel hulls. Narrowboats were originally made of wood and built to carry goods such as coal on the canal network.
When I read the prompt for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Spring Scenes my first thought was of the various birds and mammals that return or are preparing to breed in the spring. I decided to go with a small selection across the years and various places that I have lived.
A pair of Great Crested Grebes performing the weed waving part of their courtship display in Cheshire, England.
A Richardson’s Ground Squirrel looking for something to eat after emerging from its burrow in Saskatchewan, Canada.
A male Common Merganser on Lake Huron as the winter ice breaks up in the spring thaw, Ontario, Canada.
Probably not what most people were expecting from the title. This is a Drone Fly (Eristalis tenax) hovering in a Cheshire garden. Just to confuse things even more it is a member of the Hoverfly family.
This is my day 15 contribution to Becky’s January Squares: Light photo challenge and day three of my five day sequence of Flight photos.
This is my rather late contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: At Play. I only discovered the prompt days after it was posted.
A male Common Blackbird playing hide and seek with the photographer in Cheshire, England.
A male American Goldfinch playing hide and seek with the photographer in Saskatchewan, Canada.
This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A Window With A View.
It was the photo of a Woodpecker looking out of its nest hole in Amy’s prompt for the challenge that gave me the idea for this post. It made me think of the various species of birds I have photographed looking out of their nest holes. Then I started considering the reverse, me looking out of openings when I was photographing various species.
A house window. Actually a bedroom window of my parents house in Cheshire, England. An upstairs window got me closer to eye with this Redwing eating a Holly berry.
A vehicle window. Friend’s had this Red Fox hunting in the hay field behind their house. I parked by the side of their garage and photographed it out of the drivers door window.
An opening in a permanent wooden hide (blind). In this case, two Great Crested Grebes on a reservoir in south Cheshire, England.
An opening in a fabric portable hide (blind). A male Common Redpoll feeding on seeds blown onto a snow drift near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.
For day 12 of Becky’s January Squares: Light photo challenge I went with backlight.
A backlit branch covered in hoarfrost in Marbury Country Park, Northwich, Cheshire, England. Taken while on a winter field trip with the Nantwich Natural History Society.