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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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A Photo a Week Challenge: Dusk

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

Having quite a few photos to pick from I decided to go with two favourites, one from Saskatchewan, Canada and one from Ontario, Canada, both featuring ice.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

A frozen section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan, Canada at dusk.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Dusk

Lines of ice on Lake Huron at dusk during the spring thaw. Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

 

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Anything

This is my contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Anything where the prompt is left open.

I have resumed testing various lenses adapted to mirrorless cameras, partly because it gave me some variation in my walks around the neighborhood during the Covid-19 shutdown in Ontario.

One of those lenses was my single coated, silvernose OM Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 lens from 1976.

 

Trees in snow, Hatherton, Cheshire, England.

One of my earliest photos with the lens when it was attached to my Olympus OM1 in the mid 1970s.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Anything

40+ years later the lens is attached to a Sony mirrorless camera on one of my walks around the neighborhood.

 

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Water

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

Having been living and photographing around water for decades I decided to go with a small selection of my favourites.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Water

Storm clouds and light beams over Loch Arkaig, Scotland.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Through an Opening

American Avocets feeding on a slough near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

 

Water Water Everywhere #28: A Wave at Dawn

A wave and ripples on Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada at dawn.

 

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Light and Dark

This is my contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Light and Dark.

The prompt got me thinking about some of the nighttime photos from my film archives that I started digitising last winter.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Light and Dark

Team Bike entering the start/finish straight at night during the Le Mans 24 hour motorcycle race in France.

 

Weekly Prompts: Celebration

Canada Day fireworks on Monument Hill, Punnichy, Saskatchewan in 1999.

 

Friendly Friday: Nighttime

The Wybunbury, Cheshire churchyard at night. Taken in the late 1970s for an art school project although I have long forgotten what the brief was.

 

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Opening

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

A couple of hours after the challenge was posted I went for a walk around the neighborhood with a camera. Spring has arrived on the South Bruce Peninsula in the past week with lots of leaves opening on many of the local Maple trees.

As a result I decided to go with opening leaves as the theme for my contribution to the challenge.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Opening

The different colours almost make the opening leaves look like blossom.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Opening

A closer look at some of the opening Maple leaves.

 

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Fleeting

I had a few ideas for the A Photo a Week Challenge: Fleeting but none of them really worked for me until I started thinking about some of the “grab shots” I remember taking over the years.

I remembered sitting in a garden shed I was using as a hide (blind) waiting for the resident European Robin to land on the telephoto lens I had set up. While waiting for the bird I noticed a pair of House Sparrows mating in the hedge. I swung the lens around and managed to get three photos before it was all over.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: The Birds and the Bees

House Sparrows mating in a garden hedge.

 

Some time later one of the shots of the mating House Sparrows was published in BBC Wildlife magazine. None of the photos of the European Robin on the lens have been published but I have been using a version as my avatar for years.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Fleeting

The European Robin on a telephoto lens in a Cheshire garden.