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.
Old and New Eurasian Blue Tits in a specially constructed nestbox in Cheshire, England.
A contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Sunrise.
I have rather a lot of sunrises to choose from, some more memorable than others. Do I include one taken at -40° in Saskatchewan? Or how about one with unexpected wildlife showing up?
In the end I went with just two, one from England and one from Canada. But that’s not how I chose them. I picked one of the earliest that I have on film and the earliest that I have on digital.
Sunrise over farmland, Hatherton, Cheshire, England in the mid 1970s. Taken behind my parents house when I still in school. I don’t know what film stock it was. It’s entirely possible that I processed the slides myself in my parents bathroom.
Approximately 30 years later a sunrise on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada. The fourth shot taken with an Olympus E-410 and the plastic kit zoom lens that came with it. Really just a test of the camera and lens. A few months later the shot was used in a local tourism guide.
A contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Blue photo challenge, day 30 of the 31 days of July.
With only two days left I decided to ignore the various blue birds, flowers and landscapes to go with another blue insect.
This is a Holly Blue Butterfly photographed on Holly in Hatherton, Cheshire, England.
This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Bricks and Tiles.
I was thinking of things in nature that resemble bricks or tiles when I thought of this photo. It shows the scales forming the pattern on the forewing of a Magpie Moth. Some of the individual scales remind me of bricks and others remind me of overlying roof tiles.
A contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Blue photo challenge.
Having posted a grumpy Great Blue Heron as part of the challenge it didn’t occur to me how many birds there are with blue in their common English names until writing this post. Expect to see a few more bird species before the end of the month.
An adult Eurasian Blue Tit feeding young with a caterpillar. When the photo was taken they were simply Blue Tits and they had a different scientific name.
As this is the first anniversary of the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge the subject has been left to the contributors this week with the prompt: Your Choice.
After having a few thoughts for the challenge I came up with the idea of photos taken during the blue or golden hour, one for each decade starting with the 1970s.
1970s. Moonrise through an Oak tree, Hatherton, Cheshire, England.
1980s. Storm clouds and light beams over Loch Arkaig, Scotland close to sunset.
1990s. A frozen section of Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, Saskatchewan, Canada at sunset.
2000s. The range light at the mouth of the Saugeen River at dawn on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.
2010s. Two birds on Colpoy’s Bay, Ontario, Canada at sunrise.