Tuesday Photo Challenge – Fuzzy.

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

This challenge made me think of some experiments I did in the 1980s. I was using a high speed film, Scotch Chrome 1000 with various soft focus and diffusion filters.

A Fuschia flower.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Fuzzy.

 

A Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Fuzzy.

 

Pyrethrum flowers.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Fuzzy.

July Squares: Holly Blue Butterfly.

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.

July Squares: Holly Blue Butterfly.

Friendly Friday: Bricks and Tiles.

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.

Friendly Friday: Bricks and Tiles.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Up close and personal.

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Up close and personal.

I had a few ideas for the challenge and had decided on one until I started selecting photos. After picking the first shot I was planning on using I went in a different direction.

Here are three up close and personal shots of nature subjects taken in Cheshire, England in the 1980s. In one of those strange coincidences, after picking them I realised that they all had Common in their common English names.

First, a bird. A portrait of a male Common Blackbird. I had been photographing a plant species in a ditch when this male decided to check out what the human was up to. As I’m in a ditch the bird is looking down at me.

Portrait of a male Common Blackbird.

 

Second, an insect. A portrait of a Common Quaker Moth taken with a high magnification macro lens.

Portrait of a Common Quaker Moth.

 

Third, an amphibian. A close up of a Common Frog in a garden pond in Cheshire, England. Most of the frogs eye is below the surface of the water. Taken with a high magnification macro lens and possibly one of the occasions when the camera body and/or lens ended up being dipped in the water.

Intimate portrait of a Common Frog.

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.

CFFC: 2 Items or the Number Two.

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: 2 Items or the Number Two.

Having rather a long list of photos to pick from I decided to limit myself to eight photos.

Two tree trunks in the snow on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

two tree trunks in snow

Two American Herring Gulls taking a shower on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

Showering Herring Gulls.

Two Silver-studded Blue Butterflies mating, Shropshire, England.

Silver-studded Blue Butterflies mating.

Two Eurasian Blue Tit, the male has just fed the female during incubation, Cheshire, England.

Feeding during incubation.

Two Banded Demoselles, the female is egg laying with the male in the background, Cheshire, England.

Banded Demoselles.

Two American Avocets feeding on a slough in Saskatchewan, Canada.

A pair of American Avocets.

Two Common Redpolls on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Common Redpolls watching something behind me.

Two Yellow Lady’s Slipper Orchids on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Yellow Lady's Slipper.