Mating Common Pond Skaters.

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

I had put in a garden pond specifically for wildlife and the photographic opportunities it would provide. One of the first species to colonise the pond was the Common Pond Skater (Gerris lacustris). I photographed this mating pair as they rested on the edge of a water lily leaf.

Mating Pond Skaters.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Trees.

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

Hoarfrost covered trees at sunrise, Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

snow covered prairie and hoarfrost covered trees

Silver Birch trees in snow on Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England.

Silver Birch trees in the snow.

Quaking Aspens reflected in a slough in the autumn, Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Autumn colour and reflection.

Trees in the snow, Hatherton, Cheshire, England.

trees in snow, Hatherton, Cheshire, England.

Abstract trees on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Abstract trees.

Trees and their shadows, Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England.

Shadows from trees.

A hodgepodge of tree trunks on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Autumn tree trunks.

 

 

Candle.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England sometime in the mid 1970s.

In fact so far back I’m not sure which camera the photo was taken with. It could either be a Zenit E, my first serious camera, or the Olympus OM1 that replaced the Zenit. I’m pretty sure I was still in school and not studying photography at art school.

There must have been a power outage because I remember photographing this candle on the mantle piece of the fireplace in the living room of my parents house.

The circle of light to the left of the flame is the candles reflection on the wall above the mantle piece.

Candle flame.

Eye of frog.

I know that the title sounds like part of a recipe being prepared in a cauldron to put a spell on someone but the latest Wits End Weekly Photo Challenge is Eyes so the title was to hard to resist.

A Common Frog (Rana temporaria) hiding in the pondweed in a garden pond in Cheshire, England.

Eye of the frog.

Sunbathing Dunnock.

The new Wits End Weekly Photo Challenge is Comfortable and Cozy.

I had my post almost finished before changing my mind about which photo I was going to use and starting again. The only part of the first version to survive is the opening sentence with the link to the Weekly Photo Challenge.

Thinking about the challenge a second time got me thinking about summer, warmer weather and the sun, probably because we had been under snow squall warnings and extreme cold warnings for a lot of last week. That made me think of this photo of a sunbathing Dunnock (Prunella modularis) in Cheshire, England.

The bird is obviously comfortable and cozy in the warm sun.

Sunbathing Dunnock.

If you’re wondering what my initial pick for this challenge was it was this photo.

 

Common Starling eating a windfall apple.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire in the early 1990s. The Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) is also known as the European Starling or, in the U.K., simply as a Starling.

A couple of weeks ago I posted a female Blackcap feeding on a windfall apple in the winter. A Common Starling eating windfall apple isn’t as noteworthy but it’s still an interesting observation adding to the list of species that feed on windfall apples in the winter in the U.K.

European Starling in winter.