Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Leading Lines

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

The prompt gave me a bit of a challenge, while I know about leading lines I rarely seem to use them. Going back through my archives it appears I have never used them regularly.

Clouds zigzag, leading the eyes to the rising sun on Colpoy’s Bay, Ontario.

Six Word Saturday: Sun just peeking over the horizon


A tree trunk leading the eyes to the autumn colour.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Leading Lines


A section of the Lake Huron shoreline leads the eyes towards the sunrise.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Lakeshore.


A row of trees disappear, leading the eyes towards the sun shining through the fog.

Foggy trees.

January Squares: Pillar of Sunlight

Technically it’s correctly known as a sun pillar but pillar of sunlight was to good an opportunity to miss for day 21 of Becky’s January Squares: Light photo challenge.

Sun pillars form when there are suitably aligned ice crystals suspended in the air at sunrise or sunset. This rather large sun pillar formed behind Chantry Island on Lake Huron, Ontario shortly after sunset. I had been photographing the interesting layers of  cloud with a telephoto lens when the sun pillar formed so was ready for it.

January Squares: Pillar of Sunlight

CFFC: Spring Scenes

When I read the prompt for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Spring Scenes my first thought was of the various birds and mammals that return or are preparing to breed in the spring. I decided to go with a small selection across the years and various places that I have lived.

A pair of Great Crested Grebes performing the weed waving part of their courtship display in Cheshire, England.

displaying Great Crested Grebes


A Richardson’s Ground Squirrel looking for something to eat after emerging from its burrow in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Richardson's Ground Squirrel in the spring.


A male Common Merganser on Lake Huron as the winter ice breaks up in the spring thaw, Ontario, Canada.

A male Common Merganser amongst ice on Lake Huron

January Squares: Osprey in Flight

This is my day 14 contribution to Becky’s January Squares: Light photo challenge and day two of my Flight sequence.

An Osprey with a White Sucker in flight along the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario. I was considering going with White in Flight or Sucker in Flight as the fish is a White Sucker but neither really make sense. I should also explain that sucker is the Canadian name for a lollipop.

July Squares: Flying in front of Blue.

CFFC: Winter Scenes

Thinking about Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Winter Scenes it occurred to me that it’s now 20 years since I moved to Ontario. So I decided to limit myself to photos of winter in Ontario.

2004. Chantry Island and its lighthouse at sunset with frazil ice on Lake Huron in the foreground.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Winter


2008. Chantry Island at sunset with a frozen and partially snow covered Lake Huron in the foreground. I’m not sure if I was standing on the shoreline or the frozen lake when I took the photo.

Bank of cloud at sunset.


2012. Snow on a Pine tree branch.

Pine branch with snow.


2018. A frozen and partially snow covered Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise with the Niagara Escarpment on the horizon.

A frozen Colpoy's Bay at sunrise.

January Squares: Imperial Tower at Twilight

This is my contribution for day six of Becky’s January Squares: Light photo challenge.

First I must admit that I cheated a little with the title of this post. The official name for the lighthouse is the Chantry Island Lightstation Tower. Although it is more commonly known as the Chantry Island lighthouse locally.

It is an Imperial Tower, one of six built around the Bruce Peninsula on Lake Huron and Georgian Bay in the 1850s. No one seems to know where the Imperial Tower name came from.

January Squares: Imperial Tower Light