The fourth day of Spring.

I went down to the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline for the sunrise this morning. Between an ongoing health issue and limited access to the shoreline due to snow and ice it was the first chance I’ve had to get down there recently.

Not the most spectacular sunrise and it was bitterly cold down on the shoreline but it was still nice to be out with the camera. Ice on Colpoy’s Bay with snow on the shoreline and the Niagara Escarpment on the horizon.

The fourth day of Spring.

Trees and Shadows.

The new Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is Shadows.

I have a few versions of this scene. Taken from the top of Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England looking towards North Wales. The row of trees casting long shadows caught my eye and I wanted to isolate them.

That meant using a telephoto lens, the starting point was a 300mm and for this version I had a 1.4x teleconverter behind the lens to isolate them even more. I had a 600mm lens with me but the wind was so strong on the top of Bickerton Hill that it was unusable. So for the 600mm versions I used a 2x teleconverter behind the 300mm.

Shadows from trees.

Layers of cloud at Sunrise.

The new Tuesday Photo Challenge is Sunrise.

As a someone who has been photographed a lot of sunries it was a bit of a challenge picking one.

In the end I went with a sunrise from around a decade ago. I find the multi coloured layers of cloud interesting. The photo is of Colpoy’s Bay with the Niagara Escarpment and White Cloud Island on the horizon.

Layers of cloud at sunrise.

Around Dominion Lookout.

The new Lens-Artists Photo Challenge is Around the Neighborhood.

I was considering the neighborhood I currently live in. I actually had the post started before deciding to change neighborhood, firstly to Saskatchewan, Canada and then to Cheshire, England where I grew up.

I then changed neighborhoods again and moved on to Southampton, Ontario. Located on the shore of Lake Huron, I lived in the town for around eight years and still visit regularly.

I used to spend a lot of my spare time down on the shoreline with a camera so decided to write a post based on the lake shore. I then went with using photos taken within a few hundred yards of Dominion Lookout at the bottom of the High Street as that was one of my regular locations.

I have no idea why it’s called Dominion Lookout, the giant Southampton flagpole is there and I’ve always referred to the area as down by the flagpole.

A female Common Merganser with a line of young in tow. A couple are riding on her back.

Ducks in a row.

Chantry Island and its lighthouse at sunset with a giant sun pillar behind the island. Taken in the winter, Lake Huron is covered with frazil ice. Sun pillars are formed by ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere.

A giant sun pillar.

A Caspian Tern with a small fish flying along the shoreline in the summer.

Caspian Tern with catch.

A view of Chantry Island and its lighthouse from the Lake Huron shoreline early one morning. Taken around 15 years ago this rocky spit is now under water after a rise in the water level.

Sunrise on Lake Huron.

A juvenile Red Knot on the Lake Huron shoreline during autumn migration. One of a couple of Red Knot I spent a few hours with. This shot was taken soon after sunrise in golden light. The birds became comfortable enough to feed, bath, preen and then sleep in front of me.

Red Knot in golden light.

Rocks and waves on the shoreline early one summer morning.

Rocks and waves.

A Red Fox trots along the shoreline. Taken last spring, I later discovered that the Fox is a well known resident with the locals mostly ignoring it

Trotting Red Fox.

A florescent green kayak emerges from the fog on Lake Huron. Taken in the middle of July last year although you wouldn’t think that given the weather.

A splash of green.

Dry Stone Fences.

Or rather some dry stone walls and and a barbed wire fence.

The new Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge is Fences.

In some parts of Britain field or property boundaries can be hedges or dry stone walls. This photo taken in the Peak District close to the Cheshire/Derbyshire border. It’s an area between Wildboarclough and Bottom-of-the-Oven. There’s two place names that are hard to forget. A lot of the field boundaries in the area are dry stone walls.

So called because they’re walls of stacked stone put together dry, in other words without mortar. Some of the dry stone walls in Britain are centuries old.

Peak District dry stone walls.