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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Winter

This is my contribution to the final Lens-Artists Photo Challenge Season prompt Winter.

I will be following the rules I set for myself at the start of the Season prompts, one bird photo, one scenic photo and one flora and fauna photo. One from my time in Saskatchewan, Canada, one from when I lived in the U.K. and one photo from Ontario, Canada.

This final season was probably the hardest to select photos for and still follow the rules I set for myself. There were so many favourite winter images I had to ignore.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Winter

A Whooper Swan feeding at the Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Lancashire, England. Whooper Swans are one of two species of swans arrive to spend the winter in the U.K.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Winter

Chantry Island lighthouse at sunset in the winter. Chantry Island is just off the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Shades of Grey

An Eastern Gray Squirrel photographed near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada. One of those days when it doesn’t look as cold as it actually was. I remember it being around -30°C although this squirrel seemed a lot less bothered about the cold than the photographer was.

 

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Cosmic Photo Challenge

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Shades of Grey

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Shades of Grey prompt.

Of course, with a prompt like that you would expect monochrome images so I’m going in a completely different direction, Grey (or Gray) wildlife.

 

Weekly Prompts: Grey

An immature Grey Heron in fog at a reservoir in south Cheshire, England. The original is on Kodachrome.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Shades of Grey

A Grey Squirrel eating an acorn in a Cheshire, England garden. A species introduced from North America. They have decimated the population of the native Red Squirrel in the U.K. due to a combination of competition and a virus that the Grey Squirrel carries but is immune to.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Shades of Grey

An Eastern Gray Squirrel photographed in Saskatchewan, Canada. The same species as the Grey Squirrel in the Cheshire garden but note that the spelling of Gray changed with the change of continents. This individual was eating Saskatoon berries at -30°C in winter.

 

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Cee's Fun Foto Challenge

Hands

My contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, Hands.

I decided that a sideways look at the challenge was in order and ignored my photos featuring human hands. Instead I decided that the front paws of some mammal species are used in a similar way to human hands.

A Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel eating whatever it can find in the spring having just emerged from hibernation in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Feeding Ground Squirrel.

An American Red Squirrel using its front paws to eat bird seed under the feeders in Ontario, Canada.

American Red Squirrel feeding.

An Eastern Chipmunk displaying an impressive set of claws in Ontario, Canada.

Checking out the photographer.

A Racoon that wandered into the yard one afternoon eating the dog food in Ontario, Canada. I focused on the animal’s paws.

Hands.

An Eastern Gray Squirrel eating a berry at -30°C in Saskatchewan, Canada. There’s frost on the tips of some of the tail hairs.

Eastern Gray Squirrel with frost on its tail.

A Grey Squirrel eating an Acorn in Cheshire, England. A North American species introduced to the U.K. where it has driven the native Red Squirrel in to small, isolated groups.

Grey Squirrel eating an Acorn.

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Frosted Squirrel.

One from the archives, taken in Saskatchewan, Canada in the late 1990s. And just in case you’re wondering, frosted squirrel is not a recipe.

This Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) was photographed one winter morning at around –30°C. The squirrel has frost on the tips of some of the hairs on its tail despite the sun and the photo being taken in the late morning if I recall correctly.

Eastern Gray Squirrel with frost on its tail.