This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Hole or Whole prompt.
This week Amy has given us the prompt Natural Light for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.
This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge: Hole.
This is a Richardson’s Ground Squirrel emerging from a burrow (or hole). Photographed near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada in early spring.
A Richardson’s Ground Squirrel about to enter a burrow.
Looking Up at something across the yard.
This is my day 29 contribution to Becky’s January Squares on the theme of Up.
An American Red Squirrel looking Up at something across the yard.
This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: From Ground Level prompt.
It was a good prompt for me as I usually try to get to eye level with birds and mammals. This often involves lying on the ground behind the camera.
However, I quickly realised just how many photos I had to pick from. So initially I decided to limit myself to four photos. Then I decided to go with one photo from the past four decades, partly to make the selection easier.
1980s. A male Common Blackbird checking 1what the photographer is doing. I was in a ditch photovraphing something when I noticed this male spying on me. Photographed in an abandoned orchard at Faddiley near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.
1990s. A breeding plumage Horned Grebe on a cattle watering hole. I wanted to get as low a viewpoint as possible so had the legs of the tripod fully spread and then stomped them into a mixture of mud and cattle poop before lying behind the camera. Photographed near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.
2000s. A juvenile Red Knot resting on the Lake Huron shoreline during autumn migration. The shoreline was too rocky to lie down behind the camera so I was kneeling, trying to get as low a possible. I spent long enough with the birds that they fed, bathed and napped in front of me. Photographed on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.
2010s. An American Red Squirrel in dappled sunlight. From the 52 week photo project I did in 2018 when I spent lots of time lying behind the camera photographing birds and mammals. Photographed on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
The subject of my Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is the Coyote (Canis latrans). A species of canine native to North America.
It is widespread and abundant and is moving into urban areas in eastern Canada and the U.S.
This individual was photographed near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada in the winter. I like the way the colour of the Coyote blends in with the surrounding grass.