Monthly Squares

April Squares: On Top of the Ridge

This is my day two contribution to Becky’s April Squares: Top photo challenge.

Note. We lost our internet connection yesterday afternoon. I’m posting this using the phone as a WiFi hotspot. This maybe my last blog post for a while.

The ridge in the title refers to the Mid Cheshire Ridge, a line of low sandstone hills sticking out of the Cheshire plain. This section of the ridge is Bickerton Hill, or southern Bickerton Hill according to Wikipedia. The northern Bickerton Hill referenced by Wikipedia was always known as Raw Head by everyone I knew who walked the hills.


April Squares: On Top of the Ridge

I had gone to Bickerton Hill to photograph the autumn colour and was walking along the edge of the ridge when I noticed the frozen puddle on the sandstone ledge. I framed the photo with the puddle at the bottom with the top of the frame looking down into a valley below.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Reflections

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

I was considering my post early on Sunday morning when I was down at the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline for the sunrise photographing the colour reflected in the bay. The first two reflections that came to mind were both from Saskatchewan in the late 1990s so I decided to add a third photo from around the village of Punnichy.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Reflections

A sunrise partially reflected in the ice on a frozen slough near Punnichy.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Reflections

A Horned Grebe amongst reflections of weathered straw bales near Punnichy.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Reflections

Autumn colour partially reflected in a slough near Punnichy.


Weekly Photo Challenge

Little Quill Lake at sunset, WWE #16

This is my contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere Photo Challenge #16 although in this case the surface water is frozen. You would probably have to cut through a couple of feet of ice to get to liquid water.


Water Water Everywhere Photo Challenge #16

A frozen section of marsh at Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada. A few months earlier the area had been a staging area for thousands of Snow Geese on autumn migration.


Six Word Saturday

Crescent Moon Over A Frozen Slough

A winter sunrise near Punnichy, Saskatchewan.

My contribution to Six Word Saturday.

Six Word Saturday: Crescent Moon Over A Frozen Slough

One Word Sunday


A frozen and partially snow covered slough at sunrise for Debbie’s One Word Sunday prompt Ice. There’s also a weak sun pillar just visible in the sky.

One Word Sunday: Ice


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

Throwback Thursday

Clouds at -40 Degrees

Throwback Thursday travels back to Saskatchewan in the late 1990s with one of the slides I made a digital copy of over the Christmas period.

For anyone wondering if that’s -40 Celsius or Fahrenheit it’s both, they’re the same at -40.

This is a section of frozen marsh at Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada at dusk. It was my first winter in Saskatchewan which is probably why I remember the temperature. Strangely enough, I don’t remember it feeling particularly cold but I was 22 years younger then. These days I don’t like -10°C although the damp cold in Ontario seems to chill you more than the dry cold I remember from Saskatchewan.

Throwback Thursday: 16th January 2020