Tuesday Photo Challenge – Trees

The Tuesday Photo Challenge – Trees was one of those prompts that gave me so many ideas it was difficult coming up with a theme.

So I decided to go with a tour of the decades starting with a one of my earliest photos. So early in fact that the original negative got lost or damaged and I ended up photographing the scene again when we got snow a couple of years later.

Trees in the snow, Hatherton, Cheshire, England in the 1970s.

trees in snow, Hatherton, Cheshire, England.


Snow dusted trees in the mist at sunrise, Hatherton, Cheshire, England in the 1980s.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Trees


Trees and their shadows, Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England in the 1990s.

Trees and their shadows on farmland.


Hoarfrost covered trees on snow covered farmland at sunrise, Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada in the 1990s.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Trees


Trees in autumn on the Niagara Escarpment, South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada in the 2010s.

Golden hour autumn colour.

Weekly Prompts: Unusual

One photo immediately came to mind when I read the Weekly Prompts: Unusual prompt.

It was this photo of a leucistic juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker. Leucism is a lack of dark pigmentation making the affected species look a little like an albino. The pale brown areas on the birds head would normally be black.

Throwback Thursday: Great Spotted Woodpecker.


Then I thought about this photo. It shows a male Black-throated Blue Warbler pretending it’s an Oriole by eating the grape jelly in an Oriole feeder. As a member of the Wood Warbler family, or New World Warbler family depending on which reference you use, it normally feeds on insects.

Male Black-throated Blue Warbler.

January Squares: Drone in Flight

Probably not what most people were expecting from the title. This is a Drone Fly (Eristalis tenax) hovering in a Cheshire garden. Just to confuse things even more it is a member of the Hoverfly family.

This is my day 15 contribution to Becky’s January Squares: Light photo challenge and day three of my five day sequence of Flight photos.

January Squares: Drone in Flight

Tree Sparrow

Or the Eurasian Tree Sparrow as it is now sometimes known, to distinguish it from the unrelated American Tree Sparrow. Slightly smaller than the related and more widely distributed House Sparrow. The chestnut cap and black spot on the white cheek are distinguishing characteristics.

This Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the 1980s.

A few weeks ago Canadian Tire, a national chain of stores selling a range of automotive, hardware and home products, started running a T.V. ad for their Christmas decorations. It briefly featured what looked like a C.G.I. Tree Sparrow.

Surely if you are going to pay someone to C.G.I. a bird in an ad for a company such as Canadian Tire you make sure that the species is native to North America.

Throwback Thursday: Tree Sparrow

A Photo a Week Challenge: Ice, Ice Baby

The new A Photo a Week Challenge is Ice, Ice Baby, a prompt that I have rather a lot of options for.

I decided to go with two photos, the earliest photo of ice in my archives and the most recent.

Ice on the water in a wheel rut in a field gateway. Taken in the mid 1970s the lines in the ice caught my eye and made me think of contour lines on a map. Photographed a few hundred yards from my childhood home. I suspect that it was taken with the first serious camera I brought, a Russian made Zenit E.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Ice, Ice Baby


An ice sculpture formed by waves splashing on the branches of a bush on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline. Taken a few weeks ago when I was down at the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline for the sunrise. Taken with my most recent camera, the small and light Sony a6000 with one of my DSLR lenses adapted to fit it.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Ice, Ice Baby

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Mist

This is my contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Mist.

I decided to go with two photos taken approximately 40 years apart.

This shot was taken some time in the 1970s. I’m not sure exactly when, the location is Hatherton, near Nantwich, Cheshire, England. It’s close to where I grew up and would have been taken before I moved to London in 1980.

Autumn colour in mist.


A shot of Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise from this summer.

Silent Sunday: 28th July 2019