This is a contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Fan Of… #56 photo challenge and part two of my ramble about the Olympus OM Zuiko 350mm lens I have been using since 1996. If you missed part one it’s here.
Part 2 is about some of the unexpected photos taken with the lens.
The 350mm lens set up in the snow on the South Bruce Peninsula in 2009.
A rain drop in the rain. Taken while waiting for some birds to visit the yard in 2018.
Hoarfrost covered trees on snow covered farmland at sunrise near Punnichy, Saskatchewan in 1998. I was scouting a location to photograph a moonrise.
While waiting for the moon to rise over the snow covered farmland in the above photo I photographed a group of White-tailed Deer across a small valley at dusk.
A Prairie Lily, the provincial flower of Saskatchewan photographed near Punnichy, Saskatchewan in 1998.
A sun pillar behind Chantry Island, Lake Huron, Ontario in 2005. The biggest and brightest sun pillar I have ever seen made even bigger by using the 350mm.
A female Banded Demoselle egg laying while being watched by a male. Photographed in southern Cheshire in 1997. The insects were in the middle of a water inlet to a reservoir several metres from solid ground. So I used a long forgotten mix of extension tubes and teleconverters behind the lens to get the magnification and close focusing I needed.
This image for Monochrome Monday was taken on a walk around the neighborhood last week.
The original was monochromatic before doing the conversion but I tried to bring out the imprints in the snow when doing the conversion. They were formed by ice from the overhead branches falling into the snow.
This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Silhouettes.
I had a couple of ideas for the challenge, the first was a selection of silhouettes spanning the decades followed by a selection of bird silhouettes.
In the end I went with a selection of silhouettes from the South Bruce Peninsula over the past few years.
Silhouetted wood piles sticking out of Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise.
Silhouetted shoreline at Berford Lake at sunrise.
Silhouetted plant remains in the snow.
Silhouetted birds on Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise.
Silhouetted wood piles sticking out of Colpoy’s Bay at dawn.
Silhouetted sailboat on Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise.
The new Cosmic Photo Challenge is How Does Your Garden Grow.
When I was living in a rural part of Cheshire, England I turned a corner of the garden into a wildlife garden. It became a wildflower meadow and somewhere to photograph plants, insects and birds. I didn’t have to drive anywhere and could set up a hide anywhere for as long as I wanted.
A Dandelion seed head (clock) growing in the meadow.
This male Common Pheasant in hoarfrost one winter morning was a fairly regular visitor at certain times of the year.
This pair of Soldier Beetles are mating on Ragwort flowers.
This male Eurasian Bullfinch liked the fresh grass seed heads.
One of the plant species growing in the meadow.
There was Teasels growing along the edge of the meadow to attract European Goldfinches.
I picked up the windfall apples from under the trees in the vegetable garden and put them in the grass on the meadow for birds such as this Common Starling.
Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire in the 1980s.
This is an extreme close up of the hooks on a seed head of Lesser Burdock (Arctium minus). Alternative English names include Little Burdock, Louse-Bur and Common Burdock.
The hooks allow the seed heads to attach themselves to humans and animals for seed dispersal. The hooks gave the inventor of Velcro the idea for the product.
The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #34 is Close-Up.
After giving the challenge some thought I decided to concentrate on a single species, in this case the annual herb Borage. Traditionally a garden plant in Britain, it is now being grown commercially to produce Borage seed oil.
A Borage flower bud.
A Borage flower.
A stalk of Borage flower buds and a flower.
Taken on a walk one morning last week. It was the star shape of the remains of the flowers or seed heads that caught my eye.
This is a monochrome conversion although with the overcast sky the original was monochromatic when I took it.