Month of Squares

Past Squares #16

October Squares: Past Squares

Lines of Ice at Sunset

Photographed during the spring thaw on Lake Huron at Southampton, Ontario, Canada. I thought the ice formations were unusual so took lots of photos as the sun was setting and as dusk settled in.

A look back at some of my personal favorite square photos from previous months of squares. Some were popular, some not so popular at the time.

This was a post in Lines Squares Month and is my day 16 contribution to Becky’s October Squares on the theme of Past Squares.

Photo Challenges


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

Travel Tuesday: Up the Flagpole

Backlit Canadian flag and Canada Geese at sunrise on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Midsummer

Backlit Maple leaves on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario in spring.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Fantasy

Backlit ice formation on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline at sunrise.

Monochrome Monday: 18th May 2020

Backlit pit stop. A rider leaving the pits after a nighttime pit stop during the Le Mans 24 hour motorcycle endurance race in France.

Throwback Thursday

Ice Formations at Sunset

My Throwback Thursday post this week continues my look back at the spring thaw on Lake Huron at Southampton, Ontario in 2008.

These ice formations were just off the shoreline as the setting sun illuminated them.

Throwback Thursday: 18th March 2021
Photo Challenges

A Photo a Week Challenge: Peaceful Place

This is my contribution to Nancy’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Peaceful Place.

One local location came to mind almost immediately when I thought about the prompt. A section of the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline that’s usually peaceful at sunrise.

A small selection of photos from August last year to January this year.


A Photo a Week Challenge: Peaceful Place

August 2019. Some interesting cloud formations over Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise.


Six Word Saturday, a sixty second exposure at dawn.

September 2019. A sixty second exposure at dawn allows the clouds to move across the sky during exposure.


Six Word Saturday: Red Maple Leaf on a Boulder

October 2019. A red Maple leaf on a Lichen covered boulder.


Tuesday Photo Challenge - Fantasy

November 2019. An ice formation on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline at sunrise.


Silent Sunday: 29th December 2019

December 2019. The morning after the winter solstice if I remember correctly.


Cosmic Photo Challenge: Welcome to the '20s

January 2020. Interesting clouds over Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise.


Weekly Prompts

Weekly Prompts: Something New

For 2020 the Weekly Prompts Photo and Word Challenges have been merged into one, the first being Something New.

The something new for me was a different camera late last year. As a long time Olympus user I picked up a small, mirrorless Sony to continue my experimentation and testing of various lenses adapted to a mirrorless camera.

I’m rather enjoying the camera to the point that if it wasn’t for the bag full of very good Olympus lenses that won’t adapt I would be using it almost exclusively.

Part of the Wiarton Santa Claus parade with the Meike 25mm lens from my lightweight Olympus kit adapted to fit the Sony.

Six Word Saturday: The Santa Claus Parade Street Walkers

An ice covered bush on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline at sunrise with the Neewer 35mm lens adapted to fit the camera.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Fantasy

A fisheye view of Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise with the Rokinon 8mm fisheye lens adapted to fit the camera.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: What Dreams May Come

Some interesting background blur with a 35mm CCTV lens adapted to fit the camera.

Wordless Wednesday: 27th November 2019

Photo Challenges

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Fantasy

This is my very sideways look at the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Fantasy.

I was having a problem coming up with an idea for the challenge until I watched a rerun of an episode of The Big Bang Theory. The characters were playing a fantasy game featuring various odd creatures.

This ice covered bush on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline at sunrise reminds me of some sea creature, a squid or octopus possibly. Possibly it’s a Triffid. Or maybe it’s a Kraken.

“Release the Kraken”

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Fantasy

Throwback Thursday

Flying in formation.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Saskatchewan, Canada in the 1990s. At this time of year the Sandhill Cranes (Antigone canadensis) are gathering together ready to head south for the winter. It wasn’t unusual to see flocks of hundreds of birds in places and a few miles away there could be a family party of four or five by themselves.

One of the staging areas was around the Quill Lakes wetland complex. It is also an important staging area for Snow Geese on autumn migration. I had a few locations around the northern end of Little Quill Lake that I visited at sunset to photograph the various flocks flying over to their roost sites.

Sometimes I would isolate small groups, other times I would shoot wider for larger groups. I picked this shot of five Sandhill Cranes because they appear to be flying in a loose formation. I find it interesting that the wing position of each bird is different.

Formation flying at sunset.