Natural Light vs Man Made Light

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Natural Light vs Man Made Light prompt.

Two photos of a Eurasian Blue Tit, one illuminated by natural light and the other illuminated by an electronic flash.

Saturday Bird: Eurasian Blue Tit
Eurasian Blue Tit on a frost rimmed twig, Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.
Throwback Thursday: 28th May 2020
Adult Eurasian Blue Tit feeding young in a nestbox in a garden in Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.
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Eurasian Blue Tit

This week my Saturday Bird is the Eurasian Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus), a small member of the tit family.

When this photo was taken the species common English name was simply Blue Tit. Since then scientists have been DNA testing various species. As a result the bird has been split into two different species, the African Blue Tit being the other species.

The DNA testing also resulted in the two species being moved to a different family which means that the scientific name has also been changed since I captioned all my photos.

Saturday Bird: Eurasian Blue Tit
Throwback Thursday

Frosted Reeds at Dusk

Throwback Thursday travels back to Saskatchewan, Canada in the late 1990s and a frozen section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area.

This isn’t the most colourful section of the sky, that is to the south west and this photo is looking north. Whenever I am photographing around dawn and dusk I check behind the camera in case I am missing something interesting. In this case it was the band of colour and the last of the light on the partially frost rimmed reeds along the lake shore.

Throwback Thursday: 23rd January 2020


Lens-Artists: Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue

I thought that the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue was going to be quite a hard challenge.

Until I thought of one photo that covered three out of the four, Old, New and Blue. All I needed was Borrowed and in the end the photo I picked for Borrowed also covered Blue and tied in with the first.

An adult Eurasian Blue Tit on a frost rimmed twig in the winter. Taken with a Borrowed 800mm lens and Nikon camera when I was toying with the idea of swapping my 600mm lens for an 800mm.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Something Borrowed and Blue.


Old and New Eurasian Blue Tits in a specially constructed nestbox in Cheshire, England.

Eurasian Blue Tit feeding young.


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.


Hoarfrost on Cotoneaster

One from the archives taken in Cheshire, England in the mid 1990s. I think this is Cotoneaster horizontalis, commonly grown in gardens and popular with some species of birds in the winter due to the berries. It is native to western China but is well established in the U.K. where some consider it my be becoming invasive.

I have two copies of the original slide. The first, done several years ago has a much warmer colour than this version edited last winter. I normally prefer a warmer colour balance to a shot but for this post went with the cooler colour balance.

Hoarfrost on Cotoneaster berries.