Monthly Squares

One Of A Kind #5

Having miscalculated my squares for October I had to find a square to end the month. So I thought a bird at sunset would be an appropriate ending.

A male Mallard in silhouette at sunset in the winter is my day 31 contribution to Becky’s October Squares challenge on the theme of Kind.

A big thanks to Becky for an interesting and varied October Squares. It was bigger challenge than usual for me without an internet connection at home.

October Squares: One Of A Kind #5
Monthly Squares

April Squares: Resting on Top of the Ice

This is my contribution to day four of Becky’s April Squares: Top photo challenge.

A group of Mallard patiently waiting for the ice to melt on a frozen reservoir in south Cheshire.

April Squares: On Top of the Ice


Throwback Thursday

A Pair of Mallard

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the mid 1990s and a pair of Mallard hanging out on the remains of a tree in Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich.

Another overlooked photo from my slide archives. I find the light rather strange in this photo. The birds and tree stump appear to be front lit while the reflections on the water make me think it’s backlit. I’ve come to the conclusion that the scene is front lit and it’s the angles of the ripples in the water making their reflections appear to be backlit.

Throwback Thursday: 26th March 2020


Weekly Prompts

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: The Tree

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: The Tree.

Having decided to ignore the obvious theme, the Christmas tree, I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before remembering the remains of a tree in a reservoir in south Cheshire.

It only became visible when the water level dropped but when it appeared it was popular with the birds.

A pair of Mallard hanging out on the remains.

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: The Tree


A Common Coot standing on it.

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: The Tree


A Canada Goose doing Tai Chi on it.

A Canada Goose having a stretch.


A juvenile Grey Heron on it. The bird is watching something closely.

Is that food?


Some winter plumage Black-headed Gulls on and around it.

Winter plumage Black-headed Gulls.

Monthly Squares

October Squares: Lines of Ripples at Sunset

My contribution to day 23 of Becky’s October Squares: Lines photo challenge.

A male Mallard silhouetted against lines of ripples at sunset.

October Squares: Lines of Ripples at Sunset

Silent Sunday

Silent Sunday: 14th July 2019

Mallards at sunrise.

Photo Challenges

A sunrise and a sunset

The new Weekly Photo Challenge is Rise/Set.

I thought I would span the decades and change continents. The problem is that I have now changed my photo selection and rewritten this post three times.

This shot was taken shortly before the sun came up, I was down on the Lake Huron shoreline half an hour before sunrise. The plan was to test my new digital camera and some lenses. This is the fourth shot I took with the camera and I haven’t shot any film since.

Range light at sunrise, Southampton, Ontario, Canada

This male Mallard silhouetted against the setting sun was planned. I selected the best spot to give me the most variety of lighting and wildfowl on the water. A film shot from Lancashire, England in the early 1990s.

Male Mallard silhouetted at sunset, Lancashire, England