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Weekly 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.

 

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Waiting

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

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before thinking of some of the photos I had taken waiting for various birds and mammals to make an appearance in front of the lens.

The following shots were taken in our yard in 2018 when I was doing my 52 week photo project.

I noticed the way a beam of light was illuminating a patch of Maple leaves.

Backlit Maple branch.

 

I set up in the yard to photograph birds in the rain. When the birds weren’t cooperating I photographed rain drops.

Simplicity.

 

Raindrops on a Cedar branch.

Raindrops on a Cedar tree.

 

Lying in the grass I photographed a Clover flower while waiting for a bird or mammal to appear.

Clover flower in grass

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Monthly Squares

October Squares: Raindrop Lines

This is my contribution for day 26 of Becky’s October Squares: Lines photo challenge.

A young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the rain on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

October Squares: Raindrop Lines

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge

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.

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Monochrome Monday

Monochrome Monday: 9th September 2019

Monochrome Monday is from my testing of various lenses adapted to a mirrorless camera this summer.

Hosta leaves after rain with a 35mm CCTV lens.

Monochrome Monday: 9th September 2019

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Weekly Prompts

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Satisfaction

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.

In the rain.

 

An American Red Squirrel in dappled sunlight.

Sunlit Squirrel.

 

A juvenile Ruby-throated Hummingbird approaches the feeder.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird juvenile.

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Cosmic Photo Challenge

Plastic Fantastic

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.

Olympus E-410.

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.

In the rain.

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.

A splash of green.

Seed head in winter on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Monochrome seed head.

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.

Boulders on the Lake Huron shoreline.

Some early autumn colour on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

An early autumn leaf.

A raindrop in the rain. Another shot taken with the OM Zuiko 350mm.

A solitary raindrop.