Photo Challenges

A Photo a Week Challenge: Insects

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

A small selection of photos of insects making more insects.


April Squares: Top

Common Red Soldier Beetles mating on top of Ragwort flowers.


Mating Silver-studded Blue Butterflies

Silver-studded Blue Butterflies mating on a grass seed head.


April Squares: Skating on Top of the Water

Pond Skaters mating on the surface of a garden pond.


Month of Squares

April Squares: Skating on Top of the Water

This is my day five contribution to Becky’s April Squares: Top photo challenge.

Quick note. We have lost our internet connection again and I’m using the cell phone as a WiFi hotspot to post and let people know.

I went with this for day five after using a group of Mallard ducks resting on ice for day four. I thought a pair of Pond Skaters mating on the surface of the water was a nice contrast to ducks resting on ice.


April Squares: Skating on Top of the Water

A pair of Pond Skaters mating on the surface of a garden pond in Hatherton, Cheshire, England.



Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Seeing Double

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Seeing Double.

Three doubles from Ontario, Canada.

Two Coneflowers.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Seeing Double


Two rainbows.

Barn and rainbows.


Two Sandhill Cranes.

Sandhill Cranes at sunrise.


Three doubles from Cheshire, England.

Two Pond Skaters making more Pond Skaters.

Mating Pond Skaters.


Two Fly Agaric.

Amanita muscaria.


Two Great Crested Grebes.

A pair of Great Crested Grebes.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Magical

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Magical.

I was thinking about the challenge and had this post mostly written in my head on Sunday evening. On Monday I started considering a completely different selection of photos before deciding to combine my ideas.

My original ideas was to detail some of the magical experiences photographing nature subjects. Then I started thinking about some of the magical landscapes and skies I have photographed.

In the end I went with a mix of nature encounters and landscapes.

Storm clouds and light beams over Loch Arkaig, Scotland.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Vista


Pond Skaters, not only can they walk on water, they also mate on the water. Taken on a garden pond in Hatherton, Cheshire, England.

Mating Pond Skaters.


An Osprey with a White Sucker on the Lake Huron shoreline, Ontario, Canada. Not only can the bird spot and catch a fish in rough water but it can then carry the fish in the most aerodynamic position.

Flying Osprey with flying fish.


Snow Geese on autumn migration. Taking off from a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, Saskatchewan, Canada. This is a small part of one of the flocks in the area.

A flock of Snow Geese taking flight.


A young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the rain on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada last year and September in a 2019 birds calender.

In the rain.


Trees and their shadows, Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England.

Trees and their shadows on farmland.

Throwback Thursday

Mating Common Pond Skaters.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the late 1980s.

I had put in a garden pond specifically for wildlife and the photographic opportunities it would provide. One of the first species to colonise the pond was the Common Pond Skater (Gerris lacustris). I photographed this mating pair as they rested on the edge of a water lily leaf.

Mating Pond Skaters.