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Tree Trunk Details

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: On a Small Scale prompt.

On Sunday morning I went for a walk around the neighborhood with a macro lens on the camera. I quickly found myself concentrating on details of the various tree trunks on the route I picked.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: On a Small Scale
Ivy growing up a tree trunk.
Cosmic Photo Challenge: On a Small Scale
Remains of bark on a dead tree.
Cosmic Photo Challenge: On a Small Scale
Detail of some Paper Birch bark.
Cosmic Photo Challenge: On a Small Scale
A small spot of orange lichen on a tree trunk.
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Spring Greens

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: My green world prompt.

Having returned to winter like weather for the past couple of weeks there’s not a lot of signs of spring in this part of Ontario. So here’s some recent greens but not necessarily signs of spring.

As a side note, the first 3 photos were taken on two walks testing a copy of the TTArtisan 35mm f/1.4 lens. Initial impressions are good but I need more time than two short walks to get a feeling for a lens.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: My green world
Daylily leaves.
Cosmic Photo Challenge: My green world
Grey green lichen on a tree trunk.
Cosmic Photo Challenge: My green world
Yellow green leaves opening on a tree.
Cosmic Photo Challenge: My green world
An evergreen branch.
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At the End of the Day

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: At the end of the day prompt.

I quickly ended up with a shortlist of dozens of photos. So I decided to go with the most recent and a small selection of favourites from previous decades.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: At the end of the day

Intentional camera movement of trees at the end of the day last Saturday evening.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Playing with Light

A giant sun pillar behind Chantry Island on Lake Huron at Southampton, Ontario. At the end of the day in winter.

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Sea Creatures

A winter gull roost on Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in southern Cheshire at the end of the day.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Water

Storm clouds and light beams over Loch Arkaig, Scotland at the end of the day.

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Wide Open Spaces

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: In the big wide open spaces prompt.

I was considering a couple of approaches to the prompt before realising that there was one obvious choice, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Treasure Hunt
A section of frozen marsh at sunset, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.
On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Make Yourself Feel Small
A section of Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area at sunset in the autumn, Saskatchewan, Canada
One Word Sunday: Ice
Frozen and partially snow covered slough at sunrise. Taken near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Weekly Prompts: Surface
A section of Last Mountain Lake at sunset in the autumn, Saskatchewan, Canada
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Some Spring Birds

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: New life emerging prompt.

There’s very little sign of spring around this part of Ontario at the moment, we got snow last Thursday.

So I decided to go with a small selection of of bird species that have started appearing on spring migration.

Saturday Bird: Pine Siskin

A Pine Siskin in spring. They stopped off in autumn on their way south and again on their way north in spring.

January Squares: Up #31

A male American Goldfinch. We had a couple of American Goldfinch on and off over winter but suddenly the male is getting his bright yellow breeding plumage.

January Squares: Up #26

A Chipping Sparrow. The first of the New World Sparrows to arrive this year. The first species is usually the Song Sparrow but I still haven’t had one this spring.

One Word Sunday: Spring

A Dark-eyed Junco. The first Juncos arrived a week or so ago and there was still at least six here at the weekend.

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Snow Art

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Art for art’s sake prompt.

I thought about some of the abstract images I had made in the winter. As a result I decided to make the post about some of the photos featuring snow

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As the evenings start to lengthen

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: As the evenings start to lengthen prompt.

I quickly decided to go back to pre Covid-19 times when I could get out and about more. Then I remembered the spring of 2008. The last spring I was living in Southampton, Ontario and a year when there was some interesting snow and ice formations on Lake Huron.

Throwback Thursday: 4th March 2021

Late winter and this section of Lake Huron is frozen and partly snow covered. Chantry Island and its lighthouse is on the horizon.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: As the evenings start to lengthen

Chantry Island and its lighthouse at sunset a day or two after the spring equinox. Lake Huron in the foreground has partially thawed and refrozen.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Dusk

A week into spring and there’s some interesting ice formations and patches of open water on Lake Huron at dusk.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: As the evenings start to lengthen

Two weeks into spring and the only ice left is small pieces in the shallows along the shoreline. Chantry Island on the horizon at sunset.