Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Pastimes

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

Once again I am cheating a little with my response to the prompt. Over Christmas I started the fairly major project of digitising my colour slide and black and white negative archives.

When Ontario went into lockdown it gave me lots of time to continue the project. I currently have 8,000 slides digitised plus dozens of key black and white negatives.

This has allowed me to rediscover some personal favourites and discover some overlooked photos that have become favourites.

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Sea Creatures

A section of the winter gull roost on Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in southern Cheshire in the 1990s. An overlooked photo that has since become a favourite.

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Decayed or Rusty

An abandoned crofters cottage on the Isle of Skye, Scotland with the mist shrouded Cuillin mountains across the bay behind. A favourite that I didn’t have a good digital copy of until a couple of weeks ago.

One Word Sunday: Ice

A frozen and partially snow covered slough at sunrise with weak sun pillar. I discovered a set of sunrise photos from Punnichy, Saskatchewan with a weak sun pillar in the sky.

Monochrome Monday: 4th May 2020

Hoarfrost on Privet leaves in a Hatherton, Cheshire garden. The vertical version of this photo has long been a favourite but I didn’t remember taking a horizontal version until I started digitising some of my black and white negatives.

Monochrome Monday

Monochrome Monday: 4th May 2020

Monochrome Monday travels back to the early 1980s as I continue the exploration of my black and white negative files.

This is hoarfrost on Privet leaves. Photographed in the winter in a Hatherton, Cheshire garden. The vertical version of this photo has long been a favourite, I didn’t realise I had also taken a horizontal version until I started going through my black and white negatives recently.


Monochrome Monday: 4th May 2020


Photo Challenges


The new Tuesday Photo Challenge is Connections.

The challenge had me stuck for ideas until I thought of this shot. It makes me think of some sort of interlocking puzzle where you connect the pieces. Imagine how hard a large jigsaw puzzle of this shot would be.

The photo is of Privet leaves rimmed with hoarfrost. Photographed in Cheshire, England.

Privet leaves rimmed with hoarfrost.

Cosmic Photo Challenge

Patterns in Nature

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is Natural Patterns.

First, some Cotoneaster berries. They sort of remind me of a fish skeleton.

Berries of a Cotoneaster.

Next, some Bracken fronds. Another reminder of a fish skeleton maybe.


And finally, hoarfrost rimmed Privet leaves.

leaves rimmed with hoarfrost


Rimmed with hoarfrost

Hoarfrost on Privet leaves.

A monochrome shot from the 1980s when you had to decide which camera to grab, the one loaded with Kodachrome or the one loaded with Ilford FP4.

Hoarfrost on Privet, Cheshire, England