Christmas lights on bagpipes.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is Christmas Lights.

I decided to go with something a little different. A year ago I was on a side street for the formation of the Wiarton Santa Claus parade on the South Bruce Peninsula.

It was quite amusing, there was a selection of police vehicles at the head of the parade followed by a fire truck. After some discussion a local pipe and drum band marched past them all to lead the parade. The bagpipes and some of the drums had Christmas lights on them.

Here the band is marching past the fire truck heading to the front of the parade.

Christmas lights on bagpipes.

Shoreline detail.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is Unusual Tones or Textures.

The morning after the challenge was posted I was down at the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline at sunrise. Despite having checked the weather conditions before heading out there was thick cloud over the area, I couldn’t tell when or where the sun rose over the Niagara Escarpment.

I noticed that the water was an unusual tone, almost mirror like and brighter than I would expect with the heavily overcast sky. It made some of the old wood piles sticking out of the water appear to be floating in the air.

Mirror calm water.

Fisheye Birch tree trunk.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is From An Unusual Angle.

I went for a walk on Sunday morning of week 47 and dropped my fisheye lens in a coat pocket. I had the idea of using the fisheye lens to try to find a photo for the challenge. When I reached the turn around point of my walk I swapped from the telephoto I had on the camera to the fisheye lens.

This is a fisheye look at the trunk of a Paper Birch tree. To fill the frame I ended up so close to the trunk I nearly fell over the roots at the base of the trunk and then nearly hit the trunk with the lens.

A Paper Birch trunk with a fisheye lens.

Squares.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is Squares. I had a few ideas for the challenge but this ended up an obvious choice with squares of wire mesh holding peanuts for the birds.

This is a male Eurasian Siskin (Spinus spinus) feeding on peanuts in a garden in Cheshire, England. Although a year round resident in the U.K. it is more commonly seen in the winter when it comes to bird feeders.

This is the way most people see Siskins which probably explains why a magazine editor used this photo over others shots of the species in natural settings that I had submitted.

Eurasian Siskin on peanuts.

Rings in circles.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is Circles.

I was in a retro mood this week and was using an old digital camera and four manual focus prime lenses. I was also planning on shooting with the intention of converting the shots to monochrome adding to the retro mood.

The monochrome plan fell through after a walk on Sunday afternoon when I left all the shots in colour. I spotted these stacked logs when heading in the grocery store Sunday morning. My plan was to look for a Circles image when I was in town but nothing caught my eye so made sure that my afternoon walk took me past the firewood.

Circles of firewood.

Chantry Island Lighthouse in silhouette.

This is a second response to this week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge which is Shadows, Shapes and Silhouettes.

This is the lighthouse on Chantry Island just off the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada. Taken just as the sun drops behind the island.

Silhouetted lighthouse at sunset.

 

Audlem Church in silhouette.

The Cosmic Photo Challenge this week is Shadows, Shapes and Silhouettes.

I had lots of ideas for this challenge. Then I thought about this photo. It’s shot of St James’ Church, Audlem, Cheshire, England silhouetted by the setting sun.

It was taken in the mid 1980s and sat ignored in my slide files until I started copying them with a digital camera. It’s strange, since copying and editing the slide the shot has grown on me.

St James' Church, Audlem at sunset.