This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Satisfaction.
My first thought was of the Rolling Stones song before seeing the Mick Jagger graphic on the challenge page. Somehow I ended up thinking about some of the photos from last year that I submitted for consideration in 2019 calendars.
I submitted the three photos below to a calendar publishing company I hadn’t dealt with before. They were looking for images for a wildlife calendar.
In the end they had so many submissions that they decided to publish a birds calendar as well as the wildlife calendar. All three of my shots made it into the calendars.
To make the 100% success rate all the more satisfying, the shots were taken with a decade old DSLR and a manual focus telephoto lens I purchased used in the mid 1990s.
A young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the rain.
An American Red Squirrel in dappled sunlight.
A juvenile Ruby-throated Hummingbird approaches the feeder.
My contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge – Plastic Fantastic.
The challenge got me thinking about what plastics are used for nowadays. That got me thinking about my 12 year old Olympus E-410, a lightweight, plastic bodied DSLR. It was the base model when I purchased it in 2007 but I still use it. I decided to go with a selection of photos taken with it over the past 12 months.
The camera behind my decades old OM Zuiko 350mm on my home made ground pod.
A young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the rain on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada. September in a 2019 birds calender. Taken with the OM Zuiko 350mm.
A fluorescent green kayak appears out of the fog on Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada. Taken with one of the plastic kit lenses that came with the E-410.
Seed head in winter on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
Boulders around Dominion Lookout on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada. Again taken with one of the plastic kit lenses that came with the camera.
Some early autumn colour on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
A raindrop in the rain. Another shot taken with the OM Zuiko 350mm.
My contribution to the Wits End Weekly Photo Challenge Simplicity.
A raindrop in the rain.
Wood piles in Colpoy’s Bay.
Grass sticking out of the snow.
This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is “The Spirit of Rain” which gave me rather a lot of options to pick from. Especially if you regard snow as white, winter rain.
So many options in fact that this photo was the third or fourth that I considered for this challenge. It was actually taken the day before the photo that had been my previous consideration.
The photo shows storm clouds over Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise. There’s rain falling over the mouth of the bay and White Cloud Island beyond with some interesting clouds over the bay.
This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is Best of the year shot?
This has caused my some problems. As I have been doing a 52 week photo project this year do I pick one of my weekly picks? Another option is one of my 2018 shots that has been published elsewhere.
Then I discovered that some of the shots published elsewhere I was considering had been used in various posts during 2018. One had been a weekly pick and another had been a Wordless Wednesday post.
In fact I hadn’t decided which photo I was going to use when I started this post. Actually putting some of this down has helped me make a pick.
I’m going with my pick for Week 29. A bird in the rain.
Published in this blog on July 22nd it’s also the month of September in a 2019 birds calender and shows a young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the rain.
Monochrome Monday goes all the way back to yesterday. I had set up a camera in the yard to photograph the birds and it started raining soon after I set up. The bird’s weren’t cooperating so I started shooting raindrops.
I spotted the lone raindrop on the end of a branch with rain falling around it and took a variety of shots with the plan of a monochrome conversion.
Sunday of week 29 started off dry until I set the camera up in the yard. Within 10 minutes it was spotting with rain and 15 minutes after that it was raining. It’s still raining as I write this post, I don’t think it’s stopped since it started.
We really needed the rain, it’s been so dry around here this summer the leaves are coming off the trees.
To the photo, it’s a young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) photographed on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario on a wet Sunday afternoon.