Flora and Fauna Friday

Corncockle flower

This week’s Flora and Fauna Friday is a Corncockle (Agrostemma githago) flower photographed in a garden in Cheshire, England.

Once a common weed in wheat fields it is now uncommon due to modern farming practices. However, nowadays it is being grown in cottage gardens. All parts of the plant are poisonous.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: One Single Flower


Monthly Squares

Looking Down at Autumn Colour

This is my contribution to day 10 of Becky’s July Squares on the theme of Perspective.

It’s also tied in with my day 9 post for the challenge which was looking up at autumn colour.

Looking down on some autumn colour below Bickerton Hill in southern Cheshire, England.


July Squares: Looking Down at Autumn Colour


Weekly Photo Challenge

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Summer

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge which for the month of July has themes of the seasons, the first is Summer.

As the month has a theme I decided to go with a theme for each of the season posts. I decided to go with one bird, one scenic and one flora or fauna subject for each season and to make the three photos as varied as possible.


Tuesday Photo Challenge - Connect

An American White Pelican on a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan, Canada. Taken while sitting in the water to keep cool in the summer of 1999.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A River Runs Through It

The range light at the mouth of the Saugeen River in Southampton on the Lake Huron shoreline in Ontario, Canada. The 30th photo taken with my then new Olympus E-410 in the summer of 2007.


Throwback Thursday: 11th June 2020

Two Common Frogs waiting to catch insects visiting the Thyme flowers in a Hatherton, Cheshire, England garden in the summer of 1988.


Monthly Squares

Strange Perspective on Shadows

This is my day 5 contribution to Becky’s July Squares on the theme of Perspective.

The shadows of the various trees are a bit strange in this photo. The shadows cast by the row of trees seem to be pointing in a different direction to the shadow cast by the solitary tree in the field. That’s because the field is in effect a miniature valley. The shadows of the row of trees are on one slope and the shadow of the solitary tree is on the other slope.

Trees and their shadows at Bickerton Hill in southern Cheshire, England.

July Squares: Strange Perspective on Shadows


Weekly Photo Challenge

Lots of Monochrome Arches

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Half Circles, Arches, Domes.

This is part of the interior of St Mary’s Church in Nantwich, Cheshire, England.


A Photo a Week Challenge: Over 100 Years Old


Throwback Thursday

Backlit European Robin

Throwback Thursday travels back to the mid 1980s with a backlit European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) in a hedge in Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire.

This slide sat in my archives being overlooked until I started digitising them. Now I rather like the backlighting.


Throwback Thursday: 2nd July 2020


Throwback Thursday

Male Eurasian Bullfinch

This week’s Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the late 1980s.

This is a male Eurasian Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) feeding on grass seeds in a hay field. Alternative common English names include Bullfinch and Common Bullfinch.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Delicate Colours