Month of Squares Weekly Topics

Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Flora and Fauna Friday: Eurasian Tree Sparrow

My Flora and Fauna Friday subject this week is the Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus). The species is found across most of temperate Europe and Asia.

This individual was photographed emerging from a nest cavity in an apple tree at Faddiley near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England. There is mistletoe growing on the apple tree above the entrance to the nest.

This is also a contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Trees photo challenge.

Month of Squares

Trees #5

July Squares: Strange Perspective on Shadows

Trees and their shadows. Bickerton Hill in southern Cheshire, England.

This is my day 5 contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Trees photo challenge.

Month of Squares

Trees #3

July Squares: Trees

Trees on the loch side, a light beam on the hillside. Loch Arkaig, Scotland.

This is my day 3 contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Trees photo challenge.


Mammals and Birds

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Nature Animals prompt.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Through an Opening
Red Fox in a hay meadow in Faddiley near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.
Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Seeing
Osprey with a White Sucker on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.
Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Funny Furry Friends
Richardson’s Ground Squirrel in the spring, Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada
CMMC: Blue-Green
Male Common Kingfisher at Swanley near Nantwich, Cheshire, England.


A brief look back at 40 years of flower photography for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Flowers prompt.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Negative Space

A Coneflower photographed with a fast portrait lens last summer. I spent part of the Covid-19 lockdown photographing flowers and plants with a variety of unusual lenses.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Foxgloves

Foxgloves photographed with a long telephoto lens to isolate them from the background. A technique that I used quite often in the 1990s.

2021: Intentional camera movement of Daffodils

Daffodils with intentional camera movement. I started experimenting with ICM again in the winter and have continued this spring.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Snowdrops

Snowdrops. A photo in a series showing the growth of the flowers. Published in a school textbook in the late 1980s.

Weekly Topics

Greylag Goose

My Saturday Bird this week is a portrait of a Greylag Goose (Anser anser).

This individual was photographed in the mid 1980s when most of the Greylag Geese in the U.K. were feral birds associating with Canada Geese and other wildfowl species. Recent population numbers for the species across Europe show a dramatic increase, possibly due to climate change affecting their migration patterns.

The bird is at “The Mere” on the edge of the town of Ellesmere in Shropshire, England in winter.

Saturday Bird: Greylag Goose
Photo Challenges


This is my contribution to Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge: Blue-Greens prompt.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before thinking of the Common Kingfisher found in Europe and parts of Asia.

The birds plumage varies between blue and green depending on the direction and quality of light falling on it. Here is three photos of the same male photographed at different times and in different light.

CMMC: Blue-Green
Saturday Bird: Common Kingfisher
CMMC: Blue-Green