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American Red Squirrel

Flora and Fauna Friday: American Red Squirrel

My Flora and Fauna Friday subject this week is the American Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus). Alternative common English names include Pine Squirrel, Chickaree and North American Red Squirrel.

This individual was photographed on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada in summer.

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CFFC

Shiny Common Grackle

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Shiny prompt.

Portrait of a male Common Grackle on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario in early spring.

CFFC: Shiny
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Weekly Prompts

Camera Support

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge: Support.

As is frequently the case with me I took a sideways look at the prompt. Because the first thing that came to mind on reading the prompt was camera tripods.

I am possibly something of a rarity these days in that I still frequently use a tripod or other form of camera support.

Fan Of... Olympus OM Zuiko 350mm

Using my home made ground pod allows me to support a telephoto lens while getting down to eye level with birds and mammals.

July Squares: Eye Level with an Eastern Chipmunk

Portrait of an Eastern Chipmunk taken using the ground pod.

Fan Of... Uni-Loc tripods

A tripod set up on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline at sunrise photographing waves forming icicles. Two of the tripod legs were frozen to the pebbles by the time I packed up the equipment.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Liquids

Motion blurred wave forming icicles on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline at sunrise.

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Month of Squares

January Squares: Up #29

Looking Up at something across the yard.

This is my day 29 contribution to Becky’s January Squares on the theme of Up.

An American Red Squirrel looking Up at something across the yard.

January Squares: Up #29
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January Squares: Up #10

Looking Up, checking the sky for a predator.

This is my day 10 contribution to Becky’s January Squares on the theme of Up.

A Red-breasted Nuthatch checking the sky for a predator on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario.

January Squares: Up #10
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Photo Challenges

Gold Horns

This is my contribution to Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge: Silver or Gold prompt.

I had a few ideas for the prompt but wasn’t really happy with any of them. In the end I decided to go with the least obvious idea.

This is a summer plumage Horned Grebe on a pool near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada. I thought the birds ‘horn’ and some of the reflections surrounding it were golden. The reflections are a mix of sky, straw bales and a corral fence created by getting down as close to eye level with the bird as possible.

CMMC: Silver or Gold
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Photo Challenges

A Photo a Week Challenge: Attitude

This is my contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Attitude prompt.

I thought of one particular photo of an American Red Squirrel. I have a few photos of them with an attitude but this one came to mind straight away. Maybe because of the way the squirrel is holding its front paws.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Animals