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Throwback Thursday

Female Common Merganser with young

This week Throwback Thursday is traveling back 13 years to August 2007.

This is a female Common Merganser with young on Lake Huron near the Long Dock in Southampton, Ontario, Canada. This was a very late brood, the young wouldn’t have long to grow and prepare to head south for the winter.

 

Throwback Thursday: Female Common Merganser with young

 

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Monthly Squares

Eye Level with a female Wilson’s Phalarope

This is my day 24 contribution to Becky’s July Squares on the theme of Perspective and another of my eye level perspective series.

This is a female Wilson’s Phalarope feeding on a section of the Middle Quill Lake shoreline in Saskatchewan, Canada. To get down to eye level with the bird I was lying in sand mixed with duck and goose poop.

 

July Squares: Eye Level with a female Wilson's Phalarope

 

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Throwback Thursday

Banded Demoiselle egg laying

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire in the mid 1990s.

This is a female Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) egg laying in the inlet of Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England. There’s a male Banded Demoiselle in the background, possibly the male that mated with the female.

Taken with the Olympus OM Zuiko 350mm lens, not normally an insect lens. I used it because these Demoiselle were several feet from the edge of the inlet. I used a long forgotten mix of extension tubes and teleconverter to get the magnification and close focusing I needed.

 

Throwback Thursday: Banded Demoselle egg laying

 

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Monthly Squares

Eye Level with an American Red Squirrel

This is my day 7 contribution to Becky’s July Squares on the theme of Perspective and another of my eye level perspective photos.

This is an American Red Squirrel on the South Bruce Peninsula photographed from the animals perspective by lying in the grass with the squirrel.

 

July Squares: Eye Level with an American Red Squirrel

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge

A Photo a Week Challenge: Squirrel!

This is my contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Squirrel!

I have quite a few photos of Squirrel species, most in natural settings and doing something, usually feeding.

Then I remembered this photo taken a few weeks ago when the birds weren’t cooperating. This is an American Red Squirrel on the fence around the deck getting upset with me for sitting in the yard.

An interesting photo for me because it was the first time I had used my decades old Olympus OM Zuiko 350mm lens adapted to my Sony mirrorless camera.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Squirrel!

 

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Monthly Squares

Eye Level with a Pine Siskin

This is my day 3 contribution to Becky’s July Squares on the theme of Perspective. It’s also the first of my eye level posts.

I like getting to eye level with some of my nature subjects. It gives a more intimate view and allows the viewer to see the subject from the bird or mammals perspective.

This is a Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) photographed as it fed in some grass on the South Bruce Peninsula. I was lying in the grass to get down to eye level with the bird.

July Squares: Eye Level with a Pine Siskin

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: One Single Flower

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge which this week has Cee Neuner as a guest host. Cee has given us the prompt One Single Flower.

I quickly decided to keep things simple and go with a small selection of favourite flowers and photos.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: One Single Flower

This is a Corncockle flower. Once a common weed in wheat fields it is now uncommon through modern farming practices. It is grown in some cottage gardens. All parts of the plant are poisonous.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: One Single Flower

This is a Prairie Lily, the provincial flower of Saskatchewan. This specimen was photographed near Punnichy, Saskatchewan. No longer as common on the prairies as it once was.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: One Single Flower

A Coneflower photographed a few years ago using my Vivitar 35mm lens from the 1970s on a modern digital camera. The interesting background is probably what started me experimenting with various lenses adapted to mirrorless cameras.