Orange and Pink.

The latest Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is Orange and Pink.

Having spent some time trying to think of a bird species with orange and pink plumage I decided to go with the more obvious idea of a sunrise or sunset.

In the end I went with a colourful dawn over Colpoy’s Bay, Ontario, Canada with a conveniently parked sailboat.

Sailboat at dawn.

Three quarters of the moon.

Monochrome Monday is going back a few years with a visit to the dock at Colpoy’s Bay, Ontario for a sunrise.

A recent Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge where I posted a section of a rainbow got me thinking about some of other photos taken with a long telephoto while waiting for the light or for wildlife to cooperate.

I don’t remember why I ended up photographing the moon unless I got to Colpoy’s Bay so early I was waiting for the sunrise.

Monochrome moon over Colpoy's Bay.

The spirit of distant rain.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is “The Spirit of Rain” which gave me rather a lot of options to pick from. Especially if you regard snow as white, winter rain.

So many options in fact that this photo was the third or fourth that I considered for this challenge. It was actually taken the day before the photo that had been my previous consideration.

The photo shows storm clouds over Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise. There’s rain falling over the mouth of the bay and White Cloud Island beyond with some interesting clouds over the bay.

Distant rain over Colpoy's Bay at sunrise.

Minimalist wood piles.

A shot from a couple of weeks ago in the middle of December when I had gone down to the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline for the sunrise. The sunrise was so spectacular that I put my telephoto zoom on the camera and started isolating interesting details on the shoreline.

I edited this shot of old wood piles sticking out of the bay at the time but it didn’t work for me. I tried re-editing it a couple of days later but it still didn’t work for me.

Yesterday I re-edited it as a monochrome image and it works for me this way. Now I find myself wondering if subconsciously I had taken the shots as monochrome. It’s strange, when there was still a demand for monochrome images from newspapers and magazines I had no problem “seeing” an image in black and white. But since I stopped shooting black and white I seem to have lost the ability to see monochrome images the way I used to.

Wood piles in monochrome.

Colpoy’s Bay sunrise, week 51.

Thursday morning of week 51 saw me down at Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise. I headed to the Government Dock in Colpoy’s Bay. There had been no access during part of the autumn while the end of the dock was repaired so I hadn’t been down there much since the summer.

Access can be difficult in the winter if there’s too much snow on the ground but we’d had a thaw earlier in the week. I had been down there the previous afternoon for the sunset so I knew the access would be no problem in the dark.

This shot was taken from the path to the dock rather than out on the dock just before the sun rose over the Niagara Escarpment on the east side of Colpoy’s Bay.

Sunrise over Colpoy's Bay and the Niagara Escarpment.