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Monthly Squares

Eye Level with an American White Pelican

This is my day 11 contribution to Becky’s July Squares on the theme of Perspective and another of my eye level perspective photos.

This is an American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) on a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan, Canada. In the breeding season adult birds grow a laterally flattened horn on the upper bill. The horn is shed after the birds have mated and laid eggs.

It was a hot, sunny afternoon so if I wanted to get to eye level with the birds I had two choices, lying in the sun at the edge of the water or set up a tripod in the water and sit in the water with the camera. I chose to sit in the water.

 

Eye Level with an American White Pelican

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Summer

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge which for the month of July has themes of the seasons, the first is Summer.

As the month has a theme I decided to go with a theme for each of the season posts. I decided to go with one bird, one scenic and one flora or fauna subject for each season and to make the three photos as varied as possible.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Connect

An American White Pelican on a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan, Canada. Taken while sitting in the water to keep cool in the summer of 1999.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A River Runs Through It

The range light at the mouth of the Saugeen River in Southampton on the Lake Huron shoreline in Ontario, Canada. The 30th photo taken with my then new Olympus E-410 in the summer of 2007.

 

Throwback Thursday: 11th June 2020

Two Common Frogs waiting to catch insects visiting the Thyme flowers in a Hatherton, Cheshire, England garden in the summer of 1988.

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge

A Photo a Week Challenge: Dusk

This is my contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Dusk.

Having quite a few photos to pick from I decided to go with two favourites, one from Saskatchewan, Canada and one from Ontario, Canada, both featuring ice.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

A frozen section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan, Canada at dusk.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Dusk

Lines of ice on Lake Huron at dusk during the spring thaw. Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge

WWE #33: A Red-necked Grebe

This is my contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #33 Photo Challenge.

Having used a photo of two Horned Grebe amongst reflections for the Water Water Everywhere #30 challenge I thought I would start a theme.

So here is a Red-necked Grebe photographed on Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan. I was sitting in the water photographing American White Pelicans when the Grebe appeared. At first it kept its distance as in this photo but after a while it got closer as it got used to me being there.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Connect

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A Quiet Moment

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A Quiet Moment.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Winter

Chantry Island lighthouse at sunset in the winter. No one else was down on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario given the weather and knee deep snow.

 

One Word Sunday: Ice

A frozen and partially snow covered slough at sunrise with a weak sun pillar. Photographed on a quiet gravel road near Punnichy, Saskatchewan.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Delicate Colours

A mist shrouded Colpoy’s Bay at dawn. I was the only person down at that section of the Colpoy’s Bay, Ontario shoreline.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Up In The Air

A section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, Saskatchewan at sunset in the autumn. Not another human being for miles.

 

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Distance

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.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

A frozen section of Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area at sunset in winter.

 

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Whitetail Deer at dusk near Punnichy.

 

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Make Yourself Feel Small

A frozen section of marsh at sunset, Little Quill Lake.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Funny Furry Friends

A Striped Skunk in the spring between Little Quill Lake and Middle Quill Lake.

 

One Word Sunday: Ice

Sunrise reflected in a frozen slough near Punnichy.

 

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Tuesday Photo Challenge

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Connect

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.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Connect

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.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Connect

I noticed that I was also sharing the channel with a Red-necked Grebe.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Connect

After a while the Pelicans would swim out of the current in the channel and paddle past me back to the start.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Connect

The Grebe also got used to my presence in the water and would surface anywhere around me after a dive.