Steam Traction Engine Detail.

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.

Detail of a steam traction engine.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Hill.

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.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Hill.


Snow on the Cheshire plain looking north west from the top of part of the hill.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Hill.


Some autumn colour isolated with a telephoto lens from the top of the escarpment.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Hill.



Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Shadows.

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.

Monochrome trees and shadows.


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.

Tree trunk shadows on snow.

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Black.

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.

Twisting and turning.

A female Blackcap feeding on a windfall apple in the winter in Cheshire, England. Female Blackcaps have brown caps.

Wintering female Blackcap.

A male Yellow-headed Blackbird displaying in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Yellow-headed Blackbird male displaying.

A male Common Blackbird eating a windfall apple in the winter in Cheshire, England.

Male Eurasian Blackbird.

A male Black-throated Blue Warbler pretending it’s an Oriole by eating the grape jelly in an Oriole feeder. Ontario, Canada.

Male Black-throated Blue Warbler.

A male Red-winged Blackbird proclaiming its territory in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Male Red-winged Blackbird.

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Bathrooms/Outhouses.

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.

Monochrome House Sparrow bathing.

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.

Great Tit removing fecal sac.