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A Photo a Week Challenge: Grandparents

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

I talked about my maternal grandfather a little in a previous post. He was a lenghtsman, responsible for maintaining a length of road for the local council.

This is Freddy, my maternal grandfather photographed in the 1970s. Everyone called him Freddy, I can’t remember his given name but don’t think it was Frederick. He was one of nine brothers and sisters, none of whom went by their given names if I recall correctly.

He had retired when this photo was taken but was out with his brush sweeping the snow and ice from the path. The tobacco pipe was a regular feature and the hearing aid was from an accident when training with the Home Guard during the Second World War.

My maternal grandfather.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: View

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

I decided to go with a selection of views from some of the places that I have lived in over the years.

Georgian Bay shoreline at sunset. Georgian Bluffs, Ontario, Canada in the mid 1980s.

Georgian Bay shoreline at sunset.

Mist at sunrise. South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada last year.

Rising sun through mist

Storm clouds over Lake Huron with Chantry Island on the horizon. Southampton, Ontario, Canada in the 2000s.

Storm clouds over Chantry Island and Lake Huron.

Quaking Aspens reflected in a slough. Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada in the 1990s.

Autumn colour and reflection.

Autumn leaves in the mist. Hatherton, Cheshire, England in the 1970s.

Autumn colour in mist.

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament from the south bank of the River Thames. London, England in the early 1980s.

Early morning on the South Bank.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Flower

I have recently been experimenting with adapting various lenses to a mirrorless camera. This isn’t the first time I have tested old film camera lenses on a modern digital camera. Six years ago I tested a Vivitar 35mm f/1.9 lens that I have owned since the late 1970s. It was used when I got it so I don’t know how old it actually is and it’s now so worn that it feels like it could fall apart each time I use it.

This is my contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Flower. An Echinacea (Coneflower) flower photographed with the old Vivitar 35mm lens. I rather like the way the lens renders the out of focus flowers in the background.

Echinacea flower.

For comparison, a Coneflower photographed with a modern 50mm macro lens a couple of years ago.

Echinacea or Coneflower.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Urban

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

My initial thought was that I don’t do urban before thinking of urban Red Foxes. At that point I started thinking about some of the flora and fauna I have photographed in urban areas.

An American Robin on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario. Canada.

A sign of spring.

An Eastern Chipmunk in an urban garden, Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

An Eastern Chipmunk posing for a photo.

Hoarfrost on Cotoneaster berries photographed in an urban Cheshire garden.

Hoarfrost on Cotoneaster berries.

A male Eurasian Siskin eating peanuts in an urban garden, Cheshire, England.

Eurasian Siskin on peanuts.

A Red Fox trotting along the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario.

Trotting Red Fox.

A Borage flower photographed in an urban Cheshire garden.

Borage plant.

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Smiles, grins, laughs

My contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Smiles and the A Photo a Week Challenge: Smile.

I know that I’m not supposed to anthropomorphize wildlife but I thought this could be a light hearted post with a bit of anthropomorphizing.

An American Red Squirrel with a hint of a smile. Ontario, Canada.

Eyeing up the photographer.

A relaxed Dunnock grinning while sunbathing. Cheshire, England.

Sunbathing Dunnock.

A wet Racoon grins as it surveys the bird feeders, Ontario, Canada.

Raccoon with spiky wet fur.

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

Eye of the frog.

A portrait of a Mourning Dove that gives the impression of smiling. Ontario, Canada.

Portrait of a Mourning Dove.

A hidden Great Blue Heron laughing at a No Fishing Sign, Ontario, Canada.

No Fishing Sign.

A Pine Siskin that appears to be laughing. Ontario, Canada.

A spring Pine Siskin

 

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Nostalgia

My contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Nostalgia.

Proving that the underwear matches the costume at a period fair (fayre probably) on the town square, Nantwich, Cheshire, England.

Nostalgia at the fair.

An old tractor competing in the Cheshire Ploughing Match in the 1980s.

Nostalgia at the ploughing match.

A final polish for the brass at the steam rally. I don’t know what health and safety would say about climbing up on the machine when there’s a fire in the firebox.

Nostalgia at the steam rally.

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Endings

My contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Endings.

I had a few ideas for the challenge before deciding to go with a selection of photos taken at the end of the day.

Old barn and long shadows at the end of the day, Ontario, Canada.

Old barn at sunset.

Male Common Pochard at the end of the day, Lancashire, England.

Being watched at sunset.

Black-headed Gulls in winter roost at the end of the day, Cheshire, England.

Black-headed Gull winter roost.

White-tailedDeer at the end of the day, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Winter White-tailed Deer at dusk.

Canada Geese flying to roost at end of the day, Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada.

Chantry Island at sunset.

St James’ Church, Audlem, Cheshire, England in silhouette at the end of the day.

Church at sunset.

Lines of ice on Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada at the end of the day.

Blue ice, orange water.