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.
A Richardson’s Ground Squirrel looking for something to eat after emerging from its burrow in Saskatchewan, Canada.
A male Common Merganser on Lake Huron as the winter ice breaks up in the spring thaw, Ontario, Canada.
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.
1990s. Clouds over a frozen marsh at sunset, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.
2000s. Clouds over Lake Huron at sunrise, Southampton, Ontario, Canada.
2010s. Clouds over Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise, Ontario, Canada.
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.
A Common Frog in a garden pond in Cheshire, England.
A pair of Common Tern mating on a boulder in Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada.
A male Common Kingfisher photographed in Cheshire, England.
A wave rushes over stones on the Georgian Bay shoreline at sunrise.
My contribution to One Word Sunday: Rush.
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.
A male Common Redpoll, a winter visitor to Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.
A Fieldfare, a winter visitor to Cheshire, England.
A Snowy Owl, a winter visitor to southern Ontario, Canada.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A frozen section of marsh at dusk, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada in the 1990s.
A mostly frozen and snow covered Lake Huron with Chantry Island and its lighthouse, Ontario, Canada at sunset in the 2000s.
A section of a frozen Colpoy’s Bay, Ontario, Canada at sunrise taken in the 2010s.