CFFC: Spring Scenes

When I read the prompt for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Spring Scenes my first thought was of the various birds and mammals that return or are preparing to breed in the spring. I decided to go with a small selection across the years and various places that I have lived.

A pair of Great Crested Grebes performing the weed waving part of their courtship display in Cheshire, England.

displaying Great Crested Grebes


A Richardson’s Ground Squirrel looking for something to eat after emerging from its burrow in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Richardson's Ground Squirrel in the spring.


A male Common Merganser on Lake Huron as the winter ice breaks up in the spring thaw, Ontario, Canada.

A male Common Merganser amongst ice on Lake Huron

A Photo a Week Challenge: Clouds

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

I decided to limit myself to four photos but needed a theme to make the selection easier. Then it occurred to me that we are only a few days from 2020 so how about one photo from each of the last four decades.

1980s. Light beams and storm clouds over Loch Arkaig, Scotland.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Vista


1990s. Clouds over a frozen marsh at sunset, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Frozen marsh at dusk.


2000s. Clouds over Lake Huron at sunrise, Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

Friendly Friday: Tourism.


2010s. Clouds over Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise, Ontario, Canada.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Overhead.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Common

This is my contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Common.

My first thought was of the various species of flora and fauna with Common in their common English names.

A female Common Merganser with young on Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada.

Ducks in a row.


A Common Frog in a garden pond in Cheshire, England.

Eye of the frog.


A pair of Common Tern mating on a boulder in Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada.

mating Common Terns


A male Common Kingfisher photographed in Cheshire, England.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Back Catalog

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Visitors

A selection of winter visitors for the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Visitors.

These bird species move from their breeding grounds to spend the winter in different locations.

A feeding Whooper Swan, a winter visitor to the Martin Mere Wildfowl and Wetland Centre, Lancashire, England.

Portrait of a feeding Whooper Swan.


A male Common Redpoll, a winter visitor to Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Common Redpoll on snow.


A Fieldfare, a winter visitor to Cheshire, England.

Throwback Thursday: Fieldfare


A Snowy Owl, a winter visitor to southern Ontario, Canada.

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Visitors

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Showcase Yourself

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Showcase Yourself.

Having been taking photos for over 40 years I had a few ideas for the challenge and changed my plans for the post several times. Eventually I decided to pick one image from each decade.

Storm clouds and light beams over Loch Arkaig, Scotland in 1985. After 3 days of rain it stopped for a while.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Vista


Male and female American Avocets on a slough near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1995. I spent an hour with the birds, the only sighting of the species I have had.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Showcase Yourself


An Osprey with a White Sucker on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada in 2008. I went down to the shoreline for the sunrise and stayed for a while checking out what birds were around.

Flying Osprey with flying fish.


Rainbow over a barn on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada in 2017. The rain was too heavy to stop for a shot of the rainbow over some trees in their autumn colour. A quarter mile later the rain had eased off enough to stop.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Lines

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Cold

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Cold.

Here’s a selection of four cold winter shots covering the past four decades.

Frost and snow covered farmland near Audlem, Cheshire, England in the 1980s.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Cold


A frozen section of marsh at dusk, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada in the 1990s.

Frozen marsh at dusk.


A mostly frozen and snow covered Lake Huron with Chantry Island and its lighthouse, Ontario, Canada at sunset in the 2000s.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Cold


A section of a frozen Colpoy’s Bay, Ontario, Canada at sunrise taken in the 2010s.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Cold