October Squares: Lines of Sandhill Cranes

For day 12 of Becky’s October Squares: Lines photo challenge here are several lines of Sandhill Cranes flying to roost at sunset.

Taken at Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada in the autumn. Sandhill Crane flocks can number in the hundreds of birds as they congregate in the area on their way south for the winter.

As a double lines contribution there’s also so interesting streaked cloud.

October Squares: Lines of Sandhill Cranes

Friendly Friday: Remote.

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

My first thought was of some of the remote spots I visited when living in Saskatchewan, Canada in late 1990s. I once had the passenger side front wheel of my truck disappear into a hole at a water level control connecting Little Quill Lake and Middle Quill Lake. It was at the end of several miles of rough track that stopped at the water control point. I had to pile rocks in the back of the truck to get the rear wheel on the ground and the front wheel out of the hole.

Another time at a section of Little Quill Lake I managed to lock my keys in the truck and had to break into it with an old piece of barbed wire that I had stripped the barbs off.

Here’s a photo of a sunset over a marsh at Little Quill Lake. It was winter so I was probably the only person within 10 miles and it was -40° at the time.

Friendly Friday: Remote.


July Squares: Ice Blue at -40 degrees.

A contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Blue photo challenge.

Just in case anyone is wondering if that’s -40° Celsius or Fahrenheit, it’s both. When you get down to -40° it’s the same.

I picked this shot because this part of Ontario is under a heat warning with temperatures in the 30s with the humidity making it feel like the 40s.

A frozen section of marsh at dusk. Part of Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.

A dusk at-40°.

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.