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Monthly Squares

Eye Level with an American White Pelican

This is my day 11 contribution to Becky’s July Squares on the theme of Perspective and another of my eye level perspective photos.

This is an American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) on a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan, Canada. In the breeding season adult birds grow a laterally flattened horn on the upper bill. The horn is shed after the birds have mated and laid eggs.

It was a hot, sunny afternoon so if I wanted to get to eye level with the birds I had two choices, lying in the sun at the edge of the water or set up a tripod in the water and sit in the water with the camera. I chose to sit in the water.

 

Eye Level with an American White Pelican

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge

A Photo a Week Challenge: Dusk

This is my contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Dusk.

Having quite a few photos to pick from I decided to go with two favourites, one from Saskatchewan, Canada and one from Ontario, Canada, both featuring ice.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

A frozen section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan, Canada at dusk.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Dusk

Lines of ice on Lake Huron at dusk during the spring thaw. Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

 

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Tuesday Photo Challenge

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Connect

I had a couple of ideas for the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Connect.

I went with the following idea because there’s two types of connection involved.

The first is a channel connecting a marsh to a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan, Canada.

The second is the connection between the birds and the photographer. It was a hot summer afternoon and my options were to lie in the hot sun on the edge of the channel or sit in the water with the birds. After I had been sitting in the water for a while the birds got used to me being there and pretty much ignored me. That’s the sort of connection you want, the birds behaving naturally as if you weren’t there.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Connect

The reason for me sitting in the water, a flock of American White Pelicans fishing in a channel where a marsh drains into a section of the lake.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Connect

I noticed that I was also sharing the channel with a Red-necked Grebe.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Connect

After a while the Pelicans would swim out of the current in the channel and paddle past me back to the start.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Connect

The Grebe also got used to my presence in the water and would surface anywhere around me after a dive.

 

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Weekly Prompts

Weekly Prompts: Surface

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts: Surface challenge.

I started thinking about some of the water surfaces on the various lake’s and bay’s I have photographed over the years.

I decided to go with a small selection of photos from a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan, Canada.

 

Weekly Prompts: Surface

An almost mirror calm surface at sunset in the autumn.

 

Weekly Prompts: Surface

A frozen and partially snow covered surface in the winter.

 

Weekly Prompts: Surface

Some gentle ripples at sunset in the autumn.

 

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Throwback Thursday

Frosted Reeds at Dusk

Throwback Thursday travels back to Saskatchewan, Canada in the late 1990s and a frozen section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area.

This isn’t the most colourful section of the sky, that is to the south west and this photo is looking north. Whenever I am photographing around dawn and dusk I check behind the camera in case I am missing something interesting. In this case it was the band of colour and the last of the light on the partially frost rimmed reeds along the lake shore.

Throwback Thursday: 23rd January 2020

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Cee's Fun Foto Challenge

CFFC: Summer Scenes

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Summer Scenes.

The first image that came to mind wasn’t really a “scene” in the sense of a landscape. It was more to do with the memory of a hot summer day and sitting in the water with a large group of American White Pelicans. They were fishing in a channel where a marsh drained into a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Summer Scenes

 

An early summer morning on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

Friendly Friday: Sunrise.

 

The low sun of a summer evening illuminates the tops of the trees on Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England.

Low sun on tree tops.

 

The low evening sun casts long shadows and illuminates an old barn on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

An old barn 30 minutes before sunset.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots.

I ran through a list of locations in my head and one location quickly made it to the top of the list. Last Mountain Lake, also known as Long Lake is a prairie lake in south central Saskatchewan, Canada. The northern end of the lake is a National Wildlife Area which includes the Last Mountain Lake Bird Sanctuary.

I thought I would put a post together covering a 12 month period.

A section of the National Wildlife Area at sunset in the winter.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

 

A recently arrived male Yellow-headed Blackbird displays to attract a female in the spring.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

 

An American White Pelican in the summer. The keel on the bill means it’s a breeding adult.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

 

A section of the National Wildlife Area at sunset in the autumn.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

 

A flock of Snow Geese taking flight in the autumn. The lake is a stopover location for the species on their way south for the winter.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

 

A section of the National Wildlife Area at sunset in the winter.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots