Monthly Squares

Eye Level with a Redwing

This is my day 28 contribution to Becky’s July Squares on the theme of Perspective and another of my eye level perspective photos.

This one is a little different than a lot of my eye level perspective series for July Squares. Rather than lying down, sometimes in something nasty, I am standing in a bedroom taking photographs out of the bedroom window.

This is a Redwing, a member of the Thrush family and a native of Europe and the Palearctic feeding on a Holly berry in a Hatherton, Cheshire garden in the winter.


July Squares: Eye Level with a Redwing


Macro Monday

Yellow Dung Fly

Macro Monday this week is traveling back to Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England in the late 1980s.

This is a Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria) although the common English name was Common Yellow Dung Fly when I was captioning the slides in the 1980s. Another common English name is Golden Dung Fly.


Macro Monday: Yellow Dung Fly

A Yellow Dung Fly on a tree trunk in Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

Weekly Photo Challenge

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Summer

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge which for the month of July has themes of the seasons, the first is Summer.

As the month has a theme I decided to go with a theme for each of the season posts. I decided to go with one bird, one scenic and one flora or fauna subject for each season and to make the three photos as varied as possible.


Tuesday Photo Challenge - Connect

An American White Pelican on a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan, Canada. Taken while sitting in the water to keep cool in the summer of 1999.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A River Runs Through It

The range light at the mouth of the Saugeen River in Southampton on the Lake Huron shoreline in Ontario, Canada. The 30th photo taken with my then new Olympus E-410 in the summer of 2007.


Throwback Thursday: 11th June 2020

Two Common Frogs waiting to catch insects visiting the Thyme flowers in a Hatherton, Cheshire, England garden in the summer of 1988.


Weekly Photo Challenge

CFFC: Anything Painted

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Anything Painted, from a cabinet to peeling paint.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before thinking of this photo of raindrops on the roof of a car. I like the way the raindrops are picking up the colour of the blue paint.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Roofs of Any Kind


Then I remembered this yellow painted bicycle decorating a garden shed.

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Yellow


Throwback Thursday

Backlit European Robin

Throwback Thursday travels back to the mid 1980s with a backlit European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) in a hedge in Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire.

This slide sat in my archives being overlooked until I started digitising them. Now I rather like the backlighting.


Throwback Thursday: 2nd July 2020


Weekly Photo Challenge

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Surprise

This week Ann-Christine gave us the prompt Surprise for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.

I had no ideas for the challenge before going for a walk with the camera early on Sunday morning.

In the 1970s and 80s I could “see” in monochrome. There was times when I was shooting more black and white film than colour. By the late 1980s I had stopped shooting black and white film and some time later I realised that I had lost the ability to see a monochrome image.

However, as both of my modern mirrorless cameras have an electronic viewfinder they can be set to monochrome. As a result the image you’re seeing in the viewfinder is in monochrome.

So on my Sunday morning walk I set the camera to monochrome. Imagine my surprise when I discovered how useful it was to see the monochrome version of the subject in the viewfinder. After a while I was seeing in tones and light and shade before I put the viewfinder to my eye.

If it wasn’t such a silly idea I would pick up a second camera body and have one set to colour and one set to monochrome the way I carried two film cameras for a while.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Surprise

Trees in the snow at Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire. An early monochrome photo taken with my Olympus OM1 in the mid 1970s.


Monochrome Monday: 9th March 2020

In the early 1980s I was one of the field testers for Ilford XP1 prior to its release. The Houses of Parliament from the South Bank of the River Thames in London, England.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Surprise

Backlit Maple leaves photographed on my Sunday morning walk with the camera set to monochrome.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Surprise

Fungi, dead wood and new growth on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario. Another photo from my early morning walk on Sunday.


Macro Monday

Large White Butterfly eggs

Welcome to my second Macro Monday.

These are Large White Butterfly eggs on the underside of a Nasturtium leaf in Hatherton, Cheshire.

These eggs are tiny and were photographed with the high magnification OM Zuiko 38mm macro lens.


Macro Monday: Large White Butterfly eggs