When I read the Cosmic Photo Challenge: From Above prompt it was rather well timed.
I had recently been for a walk around the neighborhood with a camera and had picked up a pocket full of Pine cones from out of the snow. I had emptied my pocket onto the top of a kitchen cupboard to let the Pine cones dry out.
While on the walk I had spotted this Maple leaf trapped in some tracks in the snow. By the size of the tracks and the stride length either a large dog or a Coyote made the tracks.
To continue the From Above theme, while I had the camera set up above the kitchen cupboard I grabbed the nail brush from by the sink. The bristles make me think of bacteria through an electron microscope.
This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Find Something Red.
One photo came to mind instantly, a freshly painted red post box in Faddiley, Cheshire, England. The chalked “Wet Paint” warning and the excess paint on the utility pole and hedge have always amused me.
The next photo that came to mind was this red Maple leaf on a Lichen covered boulder on the South Bruce Peninsula last autumn.
Then I thought about the giant red butterfly garden ornament I pass on some of my walks around the neighborhood.
Finally I thought about various red species, birds, berries and fruit and remembered this extreme closeup of a Raspberry.
Monochrome Monday travels back a couple of weeks to one of my walks around the neighborhood in the snow.
The stalk of this shriveled Maple leaf was trapped in the snow stopping it blowing away.
This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts: White challenge.
Being as it’s winter in Ontario, Canada it was almost ìnevitable that my contribution would involve snow. I did actually try to come up with an alternative to snow but didn’t think of anything I was really happy with.
All the photos were taken in the last month. One was taken an hour or so before posting.
Wind formed patterns in the snow.
An autumn Maple leaf and the shadow of a tree trunk on the snow.
Shadows of tree trunks and a fallen branch in the snow.
An autumn Maple leaf on the snow.
For 2020 the Weekly Prompts Photo and Word Challenges have been merged into one, the first being Something New.
The something new for me was a different camera last year. As a long time Olympus user I picked up a small, mirrorless Sony to continue my experimentation and testing of various lenses adapted to a mirrorless camera.
I’m rather enjoying the camera to the point that if it wasn’t for the bag full of very good Olympus lenses that won’t adapt I would be using it almost exclusively.
Part of the Wiarton Santa Claus parade with the Meike 25mm lens from my lightweight Olympus kit adapted to fit the Sony.
An ice covered bush on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline at sunrise with the Neewer 35mm lens adapted to fit the camera.
A fisheye view of Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise with the Rokinon 8mm fisheye lens adapted to fit the camera.
Some interesting background blur with a 35mm CCTV lens adapted to fit the camera.
This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Favourite Photos of 2019.
I considered a few themes for the challenge but in the end decided to just go with a selection of my favourites for the year.
A January thaw saw this Ivy appear as the snow melted.
Late March and Colpoy’s Bay is still frozen.
Early June and a male Purple Finch in the yard.
Mid July and an Orange Day-Lily photographed with a 25mm CCTV lens adapted to fit a mirrorless camera.
Early September saw me down on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline 45 minutes before sunrise so I could do some long exposures. This is a 60 second exposure to allow the clouds to move across the sky.
The end of October saw the autumn colour mostly coming to the end while a few trees held on to their leaves.
Mid November saw me down on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline at sunrise where breaking waves had splashed over a bush to form this ice sculpture.
In December Santa Claus brings up the rear of the Wiarton Santa Claus parade.