Frosted Reeds at Dusk

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.

Throwback Thursday: 23rd January 2020

CFFC: Summer Scenes

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.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Summer Scenes

 

An early summer morning on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

Friendly Friday: Sunrise.

 

The low sun of a summer evening illuminates the tops of the trees on Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England.

Low sun on tree tops.

 

The low evening sun casts long shadows and illuminates an old barn on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

An old barn 30 minutes before sunset.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots.

I ran through a list of locations in my head and one location quickly made it to the top of the list. Last Mountain Lake, also known as Long Lake is a prairie lake in south central Saskatchewan, Canada. The northern end of the lake is a National Wildlife Area which includes the Last Mountain Lake Bird Sanctuary.

I thought I would put a post together covering a 12 month period.

A section of the National Wildlife Area at sunset in the winter.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

 

A recently arrived male Yellow-headed Blackbird displays to attract a female in the spring.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

 

An American White Pelican in the summer. The keel on the bill means it’s a breeding adult.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

 

A section of the National Wildlife Area at sunset in the autumn.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

 

A flock of Snow Geese taking flight in the autumn. The lake is a stopover location for the species on their way south for the winter.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

 

A section of the National Wildlife Area at sunset in the winter.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Retrospective

This is my contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge: Retrospective.

After giving the challenge some thought I decided to look back at the end of recent decades in a very particular way. Having put together a “retro” kit of manual focus prime lenses several years ago I did some major changes to the kit last summer.

So my look back will be with photos taken with a manual focus prime lens at the end of each decade.

2019. Clouds over Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada with a standard lens.

Wordless Wednesday: 6th November 2019

 

2009. A Common Redpoll feeding feeding in a Cedar tree on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada with a telephoto lens.

Feeding Common Redpoll.

 

1999. Clouds over a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, Saskatchewan, Canada at sunset with a wide angle lens.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Retrospective

 

1989. Two Large White Butterfly caterpillars feeding in Cheshire, England with a macro lens.

Big and small.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Nostalgic

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

Here’s a small selection of places, species or things that I am nostalgic about.

Having moved to Canada in the late 1990s I still miss the European Robin. They were usually real characters. I had one that would land on the door mirror of the car as soon as I parked. It knew that there was a good chance of something to eat. Here’s one having a bath in Cheshire, England.

Bath time

 

Motorcycles in fog from Snowdonia in North Wales in 1981. This makes me nostalgic for a couple of reasons. Firstly, in those days I would strap a camera bag on the back of a motorcycle and take off across the country or Europe. Secondly, the shot was taken with Ilford XP1, I was one of the field testers prior to its launch. In those days I shot as much black and white film as colour. I no longer have the ability to “see” in black and white the way I could in the days of shooting film.

Motorcycles emerging from fog.

 

In the late 1990s I was living in central Saskatchewan, Canada. Each autumn large numbers of Snow Geese would congregate on their way south for the winter. In this photo a flock is taking off from part of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area. The sight and sound of the birds taking flight is something I hope I never forget.

A gathering of Snow Geese.

 

A hoarfrost covered Oak tree in Cheshire, England in the early 1980s. This is nostalgia about the simplicity of photography in those days. A manual focus camera and a couple of lenses. A few years later I was carrying a backpack for the various cameras and lenses.

Hoarfrost and snow covered Oak tree.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Layered

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

My initial idea was a post about the layers of rock that forms the Niagara Escarpment.

Then I thought about some of the photos of layered clouds and changed direction.

Layered clouds over Chantry Island and its lighthouse on Lake Huron, Ontario in the winter.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Layered

 

Layered clouds over Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment, Ontario at sunrise in the summer.

Colpoy's Bay at sunrise.

 

Layered clouds over a frozen marsh at dusk, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan.

Frozen marsh at dusk.

 

Layered clouds over a frozen section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan.

A frozen Last Mountain Lake.

Snow Geese Take Off

Throwback Thursday travels back to Saskatchewan in the late 1990s and Snow Geese on autumn migration.

This is a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan. A staging areas for Snow Geese heading south on autumn migration. I was on an observation tower that overlooks part of the Lake photographing small groups of birds flying in to join the main flock on the water. At this point something spooked the main group and the flock took off as one.

Throwback Thursday: Snow Geese Take Off