Friendly Friday: Day Trip.

This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Day Trip.

There was a couple of bird photography locations in Saskatchewan, Canada that I used to spend the day at, Little Quill Lake and the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area. Here’s a selection of photos from the two areas.

A frozen marsh at dusk, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan.

Frozen marsh at dusk.

Striped Skunk in the spring, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan.

Unexpected encounter.

A frozen section of Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan in winter.

A frozen Last Mountain Lake.

Snow Geese on autumn migration, Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan.

A gathering of Snow Geese.

A Marbled Godwit preening in the spring, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan.

Preening Marbled Godwit.

American White Pelicans in the summer, Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan.

Feeding party of American White Pelicans.

Sandhill Cranes flying to roost at sunset in the autumn, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan.

Living sky.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Serenity.

A few photos that I find rather serene.

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

Resting male Common Pochard, Hurleston Reservoir, Cheshire, England.

Common Pochard napping.

Trees and their shadows, Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England.

Shadows from trees.

Center of a Coneflower, South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Florescent Coneflower.

Patches of ice on Lake Huron at dusk, Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

Ice on Lake Huron at dusk.

Mist over Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise, South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Mist over Colpoy's Bay at sunrise.

Frozen marsh at sunset, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Frozen marsh at dusk.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Radiant.

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

Setting sun, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan. The tiny specks are distant wildfowl.

Specks in front of the sun.

Light rays radiating through clouds at sunset, Chantry Island Lighthouse.

Light beams through cloud at sunset.

Canada Day fireworks, 2018.

Fireworks for Canada Day.

The sun rising through fog on Colpoy’s Bay.

Colpoy's Bay at sunrise.

Candle flame.

Candle flame.

The sun rising over Colpoy’s Bay on the 2019 summer solstice.

Colpoy's Bay at sunrise.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Oh, the Place You’ll Go.

ThIs is my contribution to the Wits End Weekly Photo Challenge: Oh, the Place You’ll Go.

The challenge brought back memories of a question I posed on a photography forum some years ago. I asked what people would like to go back to photograph with modern equipment?

Having been a photographer since the late 1970s there’s quite a list of locations and situations that I would like to photograph again varying from motorsports to wildlife spectacles. I would have great fun re-shooting any of the selections below.

In the early 1980s I was living in London, England and traveling around Europe in the summer photographing motorcycle endurance racing. Team Bike at the Le Mans 24 hour motorcycle race, France in 1982.

Night racing

In the mid 1980s I was visiting Scotland to photograph nature and landscapes for photo libraries. A light beam on a hillside, Loch Arkaig, Scotland near sunset in the autumn.

Sunset light beam.

In the late 1980s I was documenting the nesting cycles of some European bird species. An adult Eurasian Blue Tit feeding young in a nestbox, Cheshire, England.

Almost ready to leave the nestbox.

In the early 1990s I was living in Cheshire, England. I spent some time positioning a portable hide (blind) to allow me to sit within a couple of yards of a Common Kingfisher.

Male Common Kingfisher.

In the late 1990s I was living in Saskatchewan, Canada. In the autumn parts of Saskatchewan are a major stopover for some species of birds heading south for the winter. Huge numbers of Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes gather together in various locations. Snow Geese taking flight at Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, Saskatchewan.

A gathering of Snow Geese.

Winters in Saskatchewan can be very cold but also very spectacular. A frozen section of marsh at sunset, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan at -40°.

Frozen marsh at dusk.

Singing male Red-winged Blackbird.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Saskatchewan in the 1990s. With no sign of spring arriving in Ontario I thought a spring photo of a species that arrives in Canada for the summer would be nicer than another photo of snow and ice.

This male Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) has recently arrived in Saskatchewan to spend the summer and is singing to establish a breeding territory. I’ve always liked the backlighting on the bird that’s illuminating the red epaulettes that give the male birds their name.

Backlit male Red-winged Blackbird proclaiming its territory.

Colourful Dusk.

The new Wits End Weekly Photo Challenge is Bright Colors.

A fairly easy challenge you would have thought. I came up with a long list of possible subjects in my head. I then thought about some of the colourful skies I have photographed over the years and changed direction for this post.

This colourful dusk is one that I may never forget. Not just because of the colour but also because it was -40° and a few minutes previously there had been Snow Buntings flying past me to roost in a reed bed. It should be noted that -40° is roughly the same in Celsius and Fahrenheit.

I added a glow with Snapseed to give a dreamlike quality and then a border as I’ve been on a bit of a border kick recently. The view is of a section of frozen marsh at Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada approximately 20 minutes after the sun dropped below the horizon.

Frozen marsh at dusk.

Living sky.

This current Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge is Sky.

A subject that I have rather a lot of options available for. Then I thought about living in Saskatchewan, Canada in the late 1990s. Saskatchewan proclaims itself the “Land of Living Skies” with the slogan on the provincial license plates.

That got me thinking about some of my shots from my time in Saskatchewan and some of the flocks of Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes. This is a flock of Sandhill Cranes flying to roost at sunset in the autumn. The photo was taken north of Little Quill Lake, part of a wetland complex in Saskatchewan.

Living sky.