Throwback Thursday travels back to Saskatchewan in the late 1990s.
This is a Richardson’s Ground Squirrel looking for something to eat having just emerged from hibernation. They’re quite well camouflaged early in the spring before the grass greens up.
When I read the prompt for the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Funny Furry Friends I had a few options.
There’s no shortage of furry friends within yards of where I sit writing this with Squirrels, Chipmunks and even Raccoons visiting the yard in Ontario, Canada on a regular basis.
However, I haven’t spent months digitising my slide archives not to make use of the digital versions. So here’s a small selection of furry friends from Shropshire, England and Saskatchewan, Canada.
A European Rabbit photographed on the Brown Moss Nature Reserve near Whitchurch, Shropshire, England.
A Richardson’s Ground Squirrel looking for something to eat in the spring having just emerged from hibernation. Photographed near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.
This Striped Skunk was photographed at Middle Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada in the spring. I was looking for migrant birds when it wandered out of the vegetation along the shoreline.
This is a Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel. Photographed in the spring near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada. I have never worked out which lines on the ground squirrels body you are supposed to count to get 13.
This is a contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Fan Of… #55 and a ramble about a lens I have been using for 24 years.
I brought the Olympus OM Zuiko 350mm f/2.8 used in 1996 and over the past 24 years it has been used to photograph a wide variety of subjects. The idea for this post came from exchanging comments with Jez after my recent Fan Of… Olympus Cameras post.
Having owned the lens for so long I have thousands of photos taken with it and I was having a very hard time selecting just five or six for this post. So this will be part one of two, this post will cover bird and wildlife images while the second post will cover everything else.
The 350mm lens on my home made ground pod. The ground pod dates back to the early 1990s.
An Osprey with a White Sucker on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario in 2008.
An American Red Squirrel in dappled sunlight on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario in 2018.
American White Pelicans on a channel where a marsh drains into a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, Saskatchewan in 1999. I was sitting in the water with the lens on a tripod in the water with me.
A Eurasian Wren singing in the spring of 1997 at a reservoir in south Cheshire, England.
A juvenile Ruby-throated Hummingbird in flight on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario in 2018.
A Richardson’s Ground Squirrel looking for something to eat having just emerged from hibernation in the spring of 1998. Taken close to the town of Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.
When I read the prompt for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Spring Scenes my first thought was of the various birds and mammals that return or are preparing to breed in the spring. I decided to go with a small selection across the years and various places that I have lived.
A pair of Great Crested Grebes performing the weed waving part of their courtship display in Cheshire, England.
A Richardson’s Ground Squirrel looking for something to eat after emerging from its burrow in Saskatchewan, Canada.
A male Common Merganser on Lake Huron as the winter ice breaks up in the spring thaw, Ontario, Canada.
Recently emerged from hibernation, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Throwback Thursday travels back to Saskatchewan one spring in the 1990s.
This is a Richardson’s Ground Squirrel, recently emerged from hibernation and looking for some fresh grass. It could be a male as the males emerge from hibernation in March allowing them to establish territories before the females emerge.