This is my day five contribution to Becky’s April Squares: Top photo challenge.
Quick note. We have lost our internet connection again and I’m using the cell phone as a WiFi hotspot to post and let people know.
I went with this for day five after using a group of Mallard ducks resting on ice for day four. I thought a pair of Pond Skaters mating on the surface of the water was a nice contrast to ducks resting on ice.
A pair of Pond Skaters mating on the surface of a garden pond in Hatherton, Cheshire, England.
This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Re-imagine Orange.
I thought about some of the various species of flora and fauna with Orange in their common English names. That’s when I discovered that orange wasn’t very common in species English names and that one of the photos in my archives with orange in the name was incorrect. What I had captioned Orange Marigold is more correctly known as Pot Marigold.
Center of a Pot Marigold after rain. Photographed in Hatherton, Cheshire, England and captioned Orange Marigold by me.
A male Orange Tip Butterfly feeding on Bluebells in a garden in Faddiley, Cheshire, England.
Orange Day-lilies photographed on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada. I wouldn’t be surprised if these aren’t classified as an invasive species in the future. Originally an Asian species I have seen them growing in various wild locations in Ontario.
This is my day one contribution to Becky’s April Squares with a theme of Top.
A pair of Common Red Soldier Beetles mating on top of Ragwort flowers in a Cheshire garden.
The Cosmic Photo Challenge: Macro prompt was rather well timed. I have spent part of the winter digitising my slide archives that include hundreds of macro images.
A Ruby-tailed Wasp. Given that the ruby red tail is usually covered by the wings a more appropriate name would be an Emerald-bodied Wasp.
Fly Agaric fungi cap detail.
A portrait of a Common Quaker Moth.
Spines on a Teasel seed head in the autumn.
This is a contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Fan Of… #56 photo challenge and part two of my ramble about the Olympus OM Zuiko 350mm lens I have been using since 1996. If you missed part one it’s here.
Part 2 is about some of the unexpected photos taken with the lens.
The 350mm lens set up in the snow on the South Bruce Peninsula in 2009.
A rain drop in the rain. Taken while waiting for some birds to visit the yard in 2018.
Hoarfrost covered trees on snow covered farmland at sunrise near Punnichy, Saskatchewan in 1998. I was scouting a location to photograph a moonrise.
While waiting for the moon to rise over the snow covered farmland in the above photo I photographed a group of White-tailed Deer across a small valley at dusk.
A Prairie Lily, the provincial flower of Saskatchewan photographed near Punnichy, Saskatchewan in 1998.
A sun pillar behind Chantry Island, Lake Huron, Ontario in 2005. The biggest and brightest sun pillar I have ever seen made even bigger by using the 350mm.
A female Banded Demoselle egg laying while being watched by a male. Photographed in southern Cheshire in 1997. The insects were in the middle of a water inlet to a reservoir several metres from solid ground. So I used a long forgotten mix of extension tubes and teleconverters behind the lens to get the magnification and close focusing I needed.
A contribution to throw Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Odd Couples.
I had a couple of ideas for the challenge. Having started selecting photos featuring two different species I changed my mind and went for photos of two individuals of the same species.
Big and small Large White Butterfly caterpillars feeding on Nasturtium leaves in Hatherton, Cheshire, England.
One Herring Gull complains about something while being ignored by the second bird. Photographed on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.
Adult and immature White-crowned Sparrows on the South Bruce Peninsula during autumn migration. The adult will have made the long distance migration before but it’s the first time for the immature bird which hatched from an egg on the tundra of arctic Canada in the summer.
My first thought on reading the Weekly Prompts: Aesthetically Appealing challenge was of some shots I had taken in the 1980s.
I used a high speed, very grainy film, Scotch Chrome 1000 and a variety of soft focus and diffusion filters.
The idea was to produce something different from the norm with the hope of getting calender and greetings card publisher’s interested.
A Fuchsia flower.
A Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly.