Six Word Saturday Square Months

Looking Up At A Bird Feeder

This is my contribution to Debbie’s Six Word Saturday and also a contribution to Becky’s January Squares on the theme of Up.

A Raccoon that wandered into the yard and started looking Up at one of the bird feeders.

Six Word Saturday/January Squares

Focus on the Subject

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Focus on the Subject prompt.

The prompt started me thinking about some of the times I haven’t focused on what would normally be the subject of focus.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Focus on the Subject

I focused on the Closed to Fishing sign rather than the Great Blue Heron that’s finding the sign so amusing.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Focus on the Subject

This Raccoon wandered into the yard one Saturday afternoon when I was sitting on the deck with a camera. The camera had a fast portrait lens on it, not normally a lens used for wildlife. After taking some conventional portraits of the Raccoon I focused on the front paw trying to make it look wild and ready to attack.

Photo Challenges

Looking to the sky

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Look to the skies prompt.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before going in a different direction.

Rather than the camera looking to the sky I decided to go with a small selection of birds and mammals looking to the sky.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Look Up
A Red-breasted Nuthatch.
Silent Sunday: 29th March 2020
A male Yellow-headed Blackbird.
Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Candid
A Raccoon.
Cosmic Photo Challenge: Look Up
A male American Goldfinch.

Cosmic Photo Challenge

Cosmic Photo Challenge: A Wet Weekend

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge prompt A Wet Weekend.

When the prompt was posted we were having a sunny and hot weekend so I was going to have to resort to my archives.

Then I remembered the 52 week photo project I did in 2018. We had a couple of wet weekends that summer.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: All Wet

A young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the rain in early summer.


A solitary raindrop.

A raindrop on the end of a branch taken while waiting for the Rose-breasted Grosbeak above.


Raccoon with spiky wet fur.

This wet, bedraggled Raccoon wandered out of the bush after 24 hours of rain on the first weekend of the summer.


Photo Challenges

Friendly Friday: Something Good

This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Something Good.

I drew a blank on this prompt at first before thinking about the way the natural world is carrying on as normal regardless of the humans around them. Spring migration continues as normal so I thought of some of the recently arrived or recently emerged from hibernation species in this part of Ontario.


A sign of spring.

I had my first American Robin about a month ago.


Northern Cardinal male feeding.

We had a male Northern Cardinal show up in the yard about three weeks ago.


Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Christmas Preparations

I had my first Eastern Chipmunk emerge from hibernation about 10 days ago.


Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Big and Small

I heard Sandhill Cranes calling a week or two ago and saw two last Thursday.


Portrait of a Racoon.

I had my first Raccoon of the spring yesterday (Friday) evening.


One Word Sunday


This is my contribution to the One Word Sunday prompt Communication.

I very briefly considered smartphones, tablets and laptops before thinking of the various forms of communication in the animal kingdom. Territorial displays and courtship displays came to mind.

Then I got thinking about the times I have communicated with other species.


One Word Sunday: Communication

This Raccoon wandered into the yard one afternoon when I was outside photographing birds. I told it that it could stay as long as it left the bird feeders alone, which it did.


One Word Sunday: Communication

An American Red Squirrel in the yard getting upset with another Red Squirrel and looking at me when I told it to calm down. The Squirrel appears to have a Tick attached between the right foreleg and its body. Something I didn’t notice at the time when I was lying in the grass.


One Word Sunday: Communication

Finally, two forms of communication in one photo. This is a utility pole carrying telephone lines. The marks on the pole are where a Black Bear has used it to sharpen its claws, communicating its territory to other bears.


Photo Challenges

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Yard

One thing came to mind as soon as I read the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Yard prompt.

That was spending hours in our yard in 2018 when I was doing a 52 week photo project.

So I thought I would go with a small selection of photos taken in the yard during 2018.


Raccoon with spiky wet fur.

A wet, bedraggled Raccoon that wandered into the yard and started eyeing up the bird feeders one Saturday afternoon.


Raindrops on a Cedar tree.

Raindrops on a Cedar branch on the edge of the yard.


shadows on snow

Tree trunks casting long shadows across the snow in the yard.


Clover flower in grass

A Clover flower growing in the grass in the yard. Taken while lying in the grass waiting for the Squirrels and Chipmunks to put in an appearance.


Ruby-throated Hummingbird juvenile.

A young Ruby-throated Hummingbird checking out the hummingbird feeder hanging in the yard.