This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Up close and personal.
I had a few ideas for the challenge and had decided on one until I started selecting photos. After picking the first shot I was planning on using I went in a different direction.
Here are three up close and personal shots of nature subjects taken in Cheshire, England in the 1980s. In one of those strange coincidences, after picking them I realised that they all had Common in their common English names.
First, a bird. A portrait of a male Common Blackbird. I had been photographing a plant species in a ditch when this male decided to check out what the human was up to. As I’m in a ditch the bird is looking down at me.
Second, an insect. A portrait of a Common Quaker Moth taken with a high magnification macro lens.
Third, an amphibian. A close up of a Common Frog in a garden pond in Cheshire, England. Most of the frogs eye is below the surface of the water. Taken with a high magnification macro lens and possibly one of the occasions when the camera body and/or lens ended up being dipped in the water.
My contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Smiles and the A Photo a Week Challenge: Smile.
I know that I’m not supposed to anthropomorphize wildlife but I thought this could be a light hearted post with a bit of anthropomorphizing.
An American Red Squirrel with a hint of a smile. Ontario, Canada.
A relaxed Dunnock grinning while sunbathing. Cheshire, England.
A wet Racoon grins as it surveys the bird feeders, Ontario, Canada.
A Common Frog grins in a garden pond, Cheshire, England.
A portrait of a Mourning Dove that gives the impression of smiling. Ontario, Canada.
A hidden Great Blue Heron laughing at a No Fishing Sign, Ontario, Canada.
A Pine Siskin that appears to be laughing. Ontario, Canada.
I know that the title sounds like part of a recipe being prepared in a cauldron to put a spell on someone but the latest Wits End Weekly Photo Challenge is Eyes so the title was to hard to resist.
A Common Frog (Rana temporaria) hiding in the pondweed in a garden pond in Cheshire, England.
A Common Frog amongst Pondweed in a garden pond.
Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the late 1980s. The pond was constructed for wildlife and within a year Common Frogs were spawning in it and there was a variety of insects living on or in the water. Some of the Common Frogs got so used to people they would stay on the surface of the pond rather than diving under the water.
A Common Frog sitting in pondweed watches the photographer take its portrait.
With winter refusing to leave this part of Ontario I have started posting spring photos on Instagram in the hope that winter will take the hint.