This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Distance prompt.
As a nature and landscape photographer I have been social distancing for decades. I started thinking about some of the locations in Saskatchewan where there wasn’t another human being for miles. Especially in winter when some farmers move into town, just because there’s a farm 5 miles away doesn’t mean there’s anyone living there. For some of these photos I was miles from the nearest road.
A frozen section of Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area at sunset in winter.
Whitetail Deer at dusk near Punnichy.
A frozen section of marsh at sunset, Little Quill Lake.
A Striped Skunk in the spring between Little Quill Lake and Middle Quill Lake.
Sunrise reflected in a frozen slough near Punnichy.
I had a couple of ideas for the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Connect.
I went with the following idea because there’s two types of connection involved.
The first is a channel connecting a marsh to a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan, Canada.
The second is the connection between the birds and the photographer. It was a hot summer afternoon and my options were to lie in the hot sun on the edge of the channel or sit in the water with the birds. After I had been sitting in the water for a while the birds got used to me being there and pretty much ignored me. That’s the sort of connection you want, the birds behaving naturally as if you weren’t there.
The reason for me sitting in the water, a flock of American White Pelicans fishing in a channel where a marsh drains into a section of the lake.
I noticed that I was also sharing the channel with a Red-necked Grebe.
After a while the Pelicans would swim out of the current in the channel and paddle past me back to the start.
The Grebe also got used to my presence in the water and would surface anywhere around me after a dive.
This is my contribution to Nancy’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Up In The Air.
The prompt got me thinking about the times I have pointed the camera upwards to photograph clouds. Sometimes I leave a small strip of the landscape in to give the photo a sense of scale.
A section of Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada at sunset in the autumn.
A frozen and partially snow covered Lake Huron at sunset with Chantry Island and its lighthouse on the horizon. Southampton, Ontario, Canada.
Canada Day fireworks in the town of Wiarton from across Colpoy’s Bay on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
Snow Geese on autumn migration flying to roost at sunset over Middle Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.
This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pick a Topic from this Photo where Cee posts a photo and participants pick something from the photo to make a post about.
As the photo Cee posted was a mural of a landscape in a panoramic format I decided to go with a small selection of panoramic landscapes.
Trees in the snow. Hatherton, Cheshire, England.
Trees and their shadows. Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England.
Clouds over the lake at sunset. A section of Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Ice on Lake Huron at sunset in the spring. Saugeen Shores, Ontario, Canada.
This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts: Surface challenge.
I started thinking about some of the water surfaces on the various lake’s and bay’s I have photographed over the years.
I decided to go with a small selection of photos from a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan, Canada.
An almost mirror calm surface at sunset in the autumn.
A frozen and partially snow covered surface in the winter.
Some gentle ripples at sunset in the autumn.
Throwback Thursday travels back to Saskatchewan, Canada in the late 1990s and a frozen section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area.
This isn’t the most colourful section of the sky, that is to the south west and this photo is looking north. Whenever I am photographing around dawn and dusk I check behind the camera in case I am missing something interesting. In this case it was the band of colour and the last of the light on the partially frost rimmed reeds along the lake shore.
This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Summer Scenes.
The first image that came to mind wasn’t really a “scene” in the sense of a landscape. It was more to do with the memory of a hot summer day and sitting in the water with a large group of American White Pelicans. They were fishing in a channel where a marsh drained into a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan, Canada.
An early summer morning on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.
The low sun of a summer evening illuminates the tops of the trees on Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England.
The low evening sun casts long shadows and illuminates an old barn on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.