Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Nostalgic

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Nostalgic.

Here’s a small selection of places, species or things that I am nostalgic about.

Having moved to Canada in the late 1990s I still miss the European Robin. They were usually real characters. I had one that would land on the door mirror of the car as soon as I parked. It knew that there was a good chance of something to eat. Here’s one having a bath in Cheshire, England.

Bath time

 

Motorcycles in fog from Snowdonia in North Wales in 1981. This makes me nostalgic for a couple of reasons. Firstly, in those days I would strap a camera bag on the back of a motorcycle and take off across the country or Europe. Secondly, the shot was taken with Ilford XP1, I was one of the field testers prior to its launch. In those days I shot as much black and white film as colour. I no longer have the ability to “see” in black and white the way I could in the days of shooting film.

Motorcycles emerging from fog.

 

In the late 1990s I was living in central Saskatchewan, Canada. Each autumn large numbers of Snow Geese would congregate on their way south for the winter. In this photo a flock is taking off from part of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area. The sight and sound of the birds taking flight is something I hope I never forget.

A gathering of Snow Geese.

 

A hoarfrost covered Oak tree in Cheshire, England in the early 1980s. This is nostalgia about the simplicity of photography in those days. A manual focus camera and a couple of lenses. A few years later I was carrying a backpack for the various cameras and lenses.

Hoarfrost and snow covered Oak tree.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Favourite Things

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Favourite Things.

So here is a hodgepodge of some of my favourite things.

My favourite Squirrel species, an American Red Squirrel on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Sunlit Squirrel.

One of my favourite sunrise locations, Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Canada.

Layers of cloud at sunrise.

One of my favourite North American shorebirds, two American Avocets feeding on a slough in Saskatchewan, Canada.

A pair of American Avocets.

My favourite North American Sparrow species, a diminutive Chipping Sparrow on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Chipping Sparrow.

One of my favourite European birds, a European Robin given a selective colour treatment.

Robin on lens, Cheshire, England

My favourite lens, the Olympus OM Zuiko 350mm. I purchased it used nearly a quarter of a century ago and it’s still my go to lens for birds and wildlife. The ground pod set up in the photo was used to photograph the American Red Squirrel at the start of this post. The lens has also been used for quite a few landscape, sunrise and sunset images over the years.

Olympus E-410.

My favourite camera bag. The Domke F-2 RuggedWear, a waxed cotton canvas bag. I decided to try a canvas Domke F-6 bag a few years ago. I wanted a smaller, lighter shoulder bag for my retro kit of three (now four) manual focus prime lenses. I discovered that the soft canvas bag stayed on my hip without swinging and bouncing around and seemed easier on my shoulder. I needed a bigger bag than the F-6 for my regular kit of zoom lenses so I swapped the Tenba bag I had been using for decades for the Domke F-2.

Domke F-2 in brown RuggedWear.

Feathers

The new Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is Feathers.

An easy challenge for me having been photographing birds for decades. So I decided to do something a little different, rather than just picking photos of birds I would select shots where the birds feathers were a feature of the photo.

Feather maintenance. A well camouflaged juvenile Red Knot preening on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada. The bird has stopped over on its way south for the winter.

Feather maintenance.

Feather washing. An adult European Robin bathing which is an important part of feather maintenance. Hatherton, Cheshire, England.

Bath time

Feather iridescence. Iridescent feathers on a male Common Grackle are used to attract a female and are an indication of the health of the bird. South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

A shiny male Common Grackle.

Feathers for insulation. A male Evening Grosbeak warms one leg and foot in its feathers at -30°C. Greenwater Lake Provincial Park, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Evening Grosbeak in the winter.

Feather feeding. An adult Great Crested Grebe feeding one of its own breast feathers to its young. Hurleston Reservoir, Cheshire, England. There is some debate about why many species of Grebe feed their breast feathers to the young.

Adult Great Crested Grebe with young.

Feathers spread for take off. A Black-capped Chickadee taking flight on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

A Black-capped Chickadee taking off.