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Taking Flight

For this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge Tina gives us the prompt Taking Flight.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Seeing

An Osprey taking flight from the surface of Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada having just dived into the lake to catch a White Sucker.

One Word Sunday: Spectacle

Snow Geese taking flight from a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, Saskatchewan, Canada during autumn migration.

CMMC: Words that contain Ch or Ck

A Black-capped Chickadee taking flight on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada in winter.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Chaos

A winter gull roost taking flight as the birds move to a different section of Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

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CFFC

Birds

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

With nearly 40 years of bird photography in my archives I decided to go with one photo from each decade.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Twist

1980s. An adult Eurasian Blue Tit feeding young in a specially constructed nestbox in a garden in Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Through an Opening

1990s. Male and female American Avocets in summer (breeding) plumage on a slough near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Seeing

2000s. An Osprey with a White Sucker on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

CMMC: Contains the letter U

2010s. An immature Ruby-throated Hummingbird on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

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Lens-Artists

My Photographic Journey

This is my contribution to Amy’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: My Photography Journey prompt.

I had quite a few ideas for the challenge, none of which I could build a theme around. In the end I decided to simply pick one favourite nature or landscape image from each decade I have been taking photos. Because landscapes and nature have been constant subjects during my photographic journey.

As a result it’s also partly a journey around some of the places I have lived over the years.

Lens-Artists: My Photographic Journey

1970s. Trees in snow covered farmland in Hatherton, Cheshire, England. I was still in secondary (high) school when this shot was taken. Taken a mile down the side road from my parents house at the time. It was part of the portfolio that got me a place at art school. Despite having been online for nearly a quarter of a century this is the first time I have posted the full frame, uncropped version. I have always cropped to a panoramic format in the past.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Water

1980s. Storm clouds and light beams over Loch Arkaig, Scotland. Memorable because I had spent three days shooting landscapes in almost constant rain. The rain stopped early evening of the third day and the sun started breaking through the storm clouds. This shot was published worldwide by Olympus Japan and won a national photo contest in the U.K.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Connect

1990s. An American White Pelican on Last Mountain Lake. Probably the hardest decade to pick a favourite. I moved from the U.K. to Canada and was doing a lot of nature and landscape photography. One of the most memorable moments was sitting in the water at Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada while a flock of American White Pelicans swam and fished around me.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Seeing

2000s. Osprey with a White Sucker over Lake Huron. This decade saw me living in Ontario, Canada. For the first 8 years I lived in Southampton on the Lake Huron shoreline. I would frequently head down to the lake shore for sunrise and sunset. If I was down there for the sunrise I would often hang around looking for birds. One morning I watched this Osprey catch the fish and immediately start getting harassed by a couple of Herring Gulls. The Osprey is looking at one of them while the water still drips off the bird and the fish. This was my second year shooting digital.

CMMC: Contains the letter U

2010s. A juvenile Ruby-throated Hummingbird in late summer. I was now living on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario and in 2018 did a 52 week photo project which is how this blog started. This shot didn’t make it as a weekly pick for the project but it was published in a bird calendar the following year.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Negative Space

2020s. A portrait of a Coneflower. One year into the 2020s and a surprisingly difficult pick. I had a few nice sunrises from the local bay and a nearby lake last summer and autumn. Which meant that I couldn’t pick a favourite because they were all too fresh in my mind. However, I spent part of the first Covid-19 lockdown photographing flowers and plants with various unusual lenses. For this Coneflower I used a fast portrait lens wide open. It’s been a favourite since I took it.

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Photo Challenges

Friendly Friday: Isolation Cravings

This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Isolation Cravings.

I’m craving my early morning visits to the various shorelines in the area. Not just for the sunrises but also the bird species that can make an appearance.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Second Time Around

Sunrise reflected in Colpoy’s Bay on the South Bruce Peninsula.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Isolation Cravings

Three birds silhouetted against the rising sun on Colpoy’s Bay.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A River Runs Through It

The range light at the mouth of the Saugeen River in Southampton at dawn.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Seeing

An Osprey with a White Sucker on the Lake Huron shoreline.

 

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CFFC

CFFC: Sense of Sight

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Seeing.

I started thinking about some of the species that use their sense of sight to eat. That got me thinking about some of the bird species that can see and catch fish. Here are two very different birds carrying very different fish they had caught in Lake Huron.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Seeing

A Caspian Tern with a small fish in its bill flies along the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada. I’m guessing the fish is for the birds mate or young as it hadn’t swallowed it.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Seeing

An Osprey carries a recently caught White Sucker towards the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada. It’s under attack from two Herring Gulls and will have to drop the fish in a few seconds.

 

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Photo Challenges

Fan Of… Olympus OM Zuiko 350mm

This is a contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Fan Of… #55 and a ramble about a lens I have been using for 24 years.

I brought the Olympus OM Zuiko 350mm f/2.8 used in 1996 and over the past 24 years it has been used to photograph a wide variety of subjects. The idea for this post came from exchanging comments with Jez after my recent Fan Of… Olympus Cameras post.

Having owned the lens for so long I have thousands of photos taken with it and I was having a very hard time selecting just five or six for this post. So this will be part one of two, this post will cover bird and wildlife images while the second post will cover everything else.

 

Fan Of... Olympus OM Zuiko 350mm

The 350mm lens on my home made ground pod. The ground pod dates back to the early 1990s.

 

Flying Osprey with flying fish.

An Osprey with a White Sucker on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario in 2008.

 

Sunlit Squirrel.

An American Red Squirrel in dappled sunlight on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario in 2018.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Summer Scenes

American White Pelicans on a channel where a marsh drains into a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, Saskatchewan in 1999. I was sitting in the water with the lens on a tripod in the water with me.

 

A displaying Eurasian Wren

A Eurasian Wren singing in the spring of 1997 at a reservoir in south Cheshire, England.

 

Ruby-throated Hummingbird juvenile.

A juvenile Ruby-throated Hummingbird in flight on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario in 2018.

 

Recently emerged from hibernation.

A Richardson’s Ground Squirrel looking for something to eat having just emerged from hibernation in the spring of 1998. Taken close to the town of Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

 

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Month of Squares

January Squares: Osprey in Flight

This is my day 14 contribution to Becky’s January Squares: Light photo challenge and day two of my Flight sequence.

An Osprey with a White Sucker in flight along the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario. I was considering going with White in Flight or Sucker in Flight as the fish is a White Sucker but neither really make sense. I should also explain that sucker is the Canadian name for a lollipop.

July Squares: Flying in front of Blue.