Red – From Large to Small

This week Patti gave use the prompt From Large to Small for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.

Colpoy's Bay at sunrise
Red cloud.
Throwback Thursday: Old Nuffield Tractor
Red tractor ploughing.
Cosmic Photo Challenge: Through an Opening
Red Fox.
One Word Sunday: Colour
Red Maple leaf.
Cosmic Photo Challenge

Signs of Summer?

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Here Comes Summer prompt.

After November like weather last Thursday and Friday including snow in places there wasn’t much sign of summer when Dale posted the prompt. Then we had a frost yesterday morning when I went down to Colpoy’s Bay at dawn.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Here Comes Summer

A boat tied up to the Government Dock in the village of Colpoy’s Bay on the South Bruce Peninsula at dawn. The water in the bay is still very cold but there’s a few boats out on the water. There will be more in the summer once the water warms up.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Here Comes Summer

An old barn in golden light shortly after sunrise. The grass in the foreground has to grow considerably before it’s ready to cut for hay in the summer. There was frost on the grass in places when I took the photo yesterday morning.

Weekly Topics

Common Pheasant

My Saturday Bird this week is the Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus). Known simply as a Pheasant to a lot of people in Europe it is known as the Ring-necked Pheasant in North America.

A species native to Asia and parts of Europe it has been widely introduced elsewhere as a game bird. There are about 30 subspecies that can be partly identified by the presence or absence of a white neck ring on the males.

This male was photographed on the edge of a hoarfrost covered hay meadow in southern Cheshire, England. This individual has a partial white neck ring.

Saturday Bird: Common Pheasant
Throwback Thursday

Red Fox in a hay field.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire in the late 1980s. Friends had a Red Fox hunting in the hay field behind their house. So I parked in their driveway and stuck my telephoto out of the vehicle window for a few evenings.

Some time later the photo was used in a field guide to garden wildlife despite the photo fairly obviously not being taken in a garden.

Hunting Red Fox.


Mmm, fresh grass seed

A male Eurasian Bullfinch feeds on fresh grass seed heads in a hay meadow.

One from the archives, taken in Cheshire, England in the late 1980s. There wasn’t much land being used for hay even in those days but I suspect that there’s much less now.

Male Eurasian Bullfinch.

Photo Challenges

A Frosted Pheasant

The Daily Post one-word prompt is Frigid.

A male Common Pheasant in a hoarfrost covered meadow. I find it interesting that the bird has hoarfrost on its back. An example of how well insulated some species are by their feathers.

Often simply called a Pheasant in the UK the species is known as the Ring-necked Pheasant in North America.

Frosted Pheasant