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Throwback Thursday

Belt of Venus around Lake Huron

Throwback Thursday travels back 13 years to September 2007.

This is Lake Huron with Chantry Island on the horizon shortly before sunrise. The band of colour just above the horizon is known as the Belt of Venus. It is an atmospheric phenomenon sometimes visible shortly before sunrise or shortly after sunset.

Throwback Thursday: Belt of Venus around Lake Huron
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Throwback Thursday

Clouds over Lake Huron at sunrise

Throwback Thursday is traveling back 13 years and two days to the 1st September 2007.

Clouds over Lake Huron at sunrise with Chantry Island and its lighthouse visible on the horizon.

Throwback Thursday: Clouds over Lake Huron at sunrise
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Weekly Photo Challenge

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Winter

This is my contribution to the final Lens-Artists Photo Challenge Season prompt Winter.

I will be following the rules I set for myself at the start of the Season prompts, one bird photo, one scenic photo and one flora and fauna photo. One from my time in Saskatchewan, Canada, one from when I lived in the U.K. and one photo from Ontario, Canada.

This final season was probably the hardest to select photos for and still follow the rules I set for myself. There were so many favourite winter images I had to ignore.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Winter

A Whooper Swan feeding at the Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Lancashire, England. Whooper Swans are one of two species of swans arrive to spend the winter in the U.K.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Winter

Chantry Island lighthouse at sunset in the winter. Chantry Island is just off the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Shades of Grey

An Eastern Gray Squirrel photographed near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada. One of those days when it doesn’t look as cold as it actually was. I remember it being around -30°C although this squirrel seemed a lot less bothered about the cold than the photographer was.

 

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Cosmic Photo Challenge: Forces of Nature

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Forces of Nature.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge and was thinking about some of the winters in Canada. So I decided to go with a small selection of winter photos.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Treasure Hunt

Ice thick enough to drive on. A section of frozen marsh at Little Quill Lake in Saskatchewan, Canada at dusk. It was -40° when the photo was taken. -40° is the same in Celsius and Fahrenheit.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Roads

Snow storm. This snow fell in a couple of hours on a Christmas Day morning. Taken on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada, there was another 4 inches of snow during the rest of the day.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Forces of Nature

Frazil ice on Lake Huron. What looks like water in the foreground is frazil ice. When it is cold enough to start freezing water but wave action stops the water freezing solid frazil ice forms. Think of it as a thick, slushy ice.

 

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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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A Photo a Week Challenge

A Photo a Week Challenge: Up In The Air

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 Photo a Week Challenge: Up In The Air

A section of Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada at sunset in the autumn.

 

Silent Sunday: 16th February 2020

A frozen and partially snow covered Lake Huron at sunset with Chantry Island and its lighthouse on the horizon. Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Traditions.

Canada Day fireworks in the town of Wiarton from across Colpoy’s Bay on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Chaos

Snow Geese on autumn migration flying to roost at sunset over Middle Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.

 

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Fan Of… Uni-Loc tripods

This is a contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Fan Of… #58 photo challenge.

Firstly I should say that I don’t know if Uni-Loc are still in business. I emailed them a couple of years ago and after an initial response never heard from them again.  Their Facebook page hasn’t been updated since 2012. I have been using the tripods since the early 1990s and used to know Ken Brett, the man behind the design.

Uni-Loc tripods are very different from most tripods. The system tripods can be disassembled and reassembled in a different configuration with an Allen key (wrench). The legs can be locked at almost any angle and all three lock with a single locking lever. The bottom leg sections are sealed meaning that they can be submerged up to the locking knob without taking on water. If you submerge the legs above the first section they can quickly be removed and drained with an Allen key (wrench).

They aren’t a tripod I would recommend to most photographers, they’re heavy and bulky when folded but in deep water, snow or mud they’re my first choice.

 

Fan Of... Uni-Loc tripods

In 1995 I spent the summer in Saskatchewan, Canada. I took my medium sized Uni-Loc tripod with me in case I needed to use a tripod in water or mud.

 

Fan Of... Uni-Loc tripods

A Willet photographed on a shallow slough near Punnichy, Saskatchewan with the tripod. Some of the sloughs in the area can be quite alkaline so the sealed legs were useful. I could rinse any mud off the legs when I got a chance to.

 

Wordless Wednesday: 5th February 2020

To get into position for this photo I waded through knee high snow and then pushed the tripod legs down into the snow for maximum stability.

 

Fan Of... Uni-Loc tripods

The tripod in use on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline at sunrise. I was photographing the waves forming icicles. By the time I was ready to pack the tripod away two of the legs were frozen to the pebbles.

 

Wordless Wednesday: 18th December 2019

What I was photographing while the tripod was freezing to the pebbles.