When I read the prompt for Nancy’s A Photo a Week challenge: Work several ideas for a contribution came to mind.
Initially I was thinking about a small selection of photos showing various aspects of farming. In the 1980s and 1990s farming practices were a common request to photo agencies. As I was living in Cheshire, England, a farming area, and had assorted contacts in the farming community I took every opportunity to photograph farming for the agencies.
I then decided to go with a selection of photos of just one activity, ploughing, to show a variety of compositions on one subject. Knowing both the farmer whose land was being ploughed and the contractor doing the ploughing gave me unlimited access.
A vertical side view.
A horizontal three quarter view.
A vertical front view.
This is my rather late contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: At Play. I only discovered the prompt days after it was posted.
A male Common Blackbird playing hide and seek with the photographer in Cheshire, England.
A male American Goldfinch playing hide and seek with the photographer in Saskatchewan, Canada.
This is my contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Opposite Weather.
I was in a monochrome mood when putting this post together. Two photos taken six months and on opposite sides of the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario.
The Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton on a hot summer day.
A frozen and snow covered Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise on a cold winter day.
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 A Photo a Week Challenge: Christmas Memories.
I came up with two very different photos for this challenge.
A childhood Christmas memory, Viennese Shortcakes according to my mother’s recipe. Also known as Viennese Whirls according to Google. These were made yesterday following my mother’s recipe.
A recent Christmas memory, Christmas day morning two years ago. The snow got heavier in the afternoon.
The new A Photo a Week Challenge is Ice, Ice Baby, a prompt that I have rather a lot of options for.
I decided to go with two photos, the earliest photo of ice in my archives and the most recent.
Ice on the water in a wheel rut in a field gateway. Taken in the mid 1970s the lines in the ice caught my eye and made me think of contour lines on a map. Photographed a few hundred yards from my childhood home. I suspect that it was taken with the first serious camera I brought, a Russian made Zenit E.
An ice sculpture formed by waves splashing on the branches of a bush on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline. Taken a few weeks ago when I was down at the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline for the sunrise. Taken with my most recent camera, the small and light Sony a6000 with one of my DSLR lenses adapted to fit it.
My contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge is two photos this week. The prompt is Babies which got me thinking about bird species with young.
That made me think of two very different species that nest in tree cavities and will also use nest boxes.
This is a Common Merganser, a larger species of duck that needs a large tree cavity or nestbox. As soon as the eggs hatch the female carries the young to the water in her bill.
These are Eurasian Blue Tits. There are two adults feeding recently hatched young in a nestbox. Unlike the Common Merganser these young are born naked. It will be approximately 21 days before they have grown flight feathers and can leave the nestbox.