Land, mate, preen.

A sequence of photos taken on the Lake Huron shoreline in the spring.

I was photographing a Common Tern on a rock in the water when a second bird flew in.

Two Common Terns

The second bird landed and approached the one on the rock. By the front birds wing position it was fairly obvious what was going to happen next.

Ready to mate.

The birds mate. I’m guessing that they were a well established pair as the male didn’t bring a fish as a courtship offering.

mating Common Terns

After mating both birds started preening.

Preening Common Terns

Two towers.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is Comically Created Colour!

I have seen and photographed a few sun pillars over the years but this was the most impressive by a huge margin.

I was down at the Lake Huron shoreline for the sunset and had positioned my tripod so that the sun would be setting to the right of the Lighthouse on Chantry Island. The section of Lake Huron in the foreground was frazil ice which was also interesting.

The sunset was fairly spectacular but I learned long ago not to put the camera away until the last light had gone from the sky. Some time after the sun had dropped below the horizon this sun pillar appeared. By far the biggest and brightest I had seen made even more impressive by the fact that I was using a telephoto lens to pick out the Lighthouse on the Island.

Sun pillars are caused by ice crystals in the air.

A giant sun pillar.