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Cosmic Photo Challenge

At the End of the Day

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: At the end of the day prompt.

I quickly ended up with a shortlist of dozens of photos. So I decided to go with the most recent and a small selection of favourites from previous decades.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: At the end of the day

Intentional camera movement of trees at the end of the day last Saturday evening.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Playing with Light

A giant sun pillar behind Chantry Island on Lake Huron at Southampton, Ontario. At the end of the day in winter.

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Sea Creatures

A winter gull roost on Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in southern Cheshire at the end of the day.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Water

Storm clouds and light beams over Loch Arkaig, Scotland at the end of the day.

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Lens-Artists

Taking Flight

For this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge Tina gives us the prompt Taking Flight.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Seeing

An Osprey taking flight from the surface of Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada having just dived into the lake to catch a White Sucker.

One Word Sunday: Spectacle

Snow Geese taking flight from a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, Saskatchewan, Canada during autumn migration.

CMMC: Words that contain Ch or Ck

A Black-capped Chickadee taking flight on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada in winter.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Chaos

A winter gull roost taking flight as the birds move to a different section of Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

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Month of Squares

Bright Sunset

This is my day 9 contribution to Becky’s April Squares on the theme of Bright.

Five Sandhill Cranes flying to roost at sunset.

October Squares: Five of a Kind
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Weekly Topics

Black-headed Gulls

My Saturday Bird this week is the Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus), a small gull that breeds in much of the Palearctic.

The birds in the photo are winter plumage adults who lost their dark head feathers in the autumn. They’re standing in a shallow section of Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England, a lot of them are preening.

In the 1990s Hurleston Reservoir was the location of a large winter gull roost that included thousands of Black-headed Gulls.

Saturday Bird: Black-headed Gulls
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Month of Squares

Lots Of A Kind #2

A small section of the winter gull roost on Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

Mostly Black-headed Gulls with a few Lesser Black-backed Gulls and a couple of Common Gulls. Anything less than 10,000 Black-headed Gulls was a small roost.

This is my day 27 contribution to Becky’s October Squares challenge on the theme of Kind.

October Squares: Lots Of A Kind
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Lens-Artists

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.

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Photo Challenges

Friendly Friday: Covid Discoveries

This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Covid Discoveries.

With a lot of people being stuck at home due to the Covid-19 pandemic it’s an opportunity to discover overlooked or long forgotten things.

This post is a bit of a cheat as part of it involves me digitising my film archives which I started before the lockdown and social distancing. However, I have discovered a few things in my film archives as the social isolation has allowed me to continue digitising film originals.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A River Runs Through It

I discovered that this favourite photo of the Houses of Parliament and the River Thames from the South Bank was taken in the very early 1980s when I was one of the field testers of Ilford XP1 prior to its release.

 

Wordless Wednesday: 15th April 2020

I picked up a handful of Pine cones on a walk around the neighborhood and have rediscovered table top photography.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Sea Creatures

I discovered this slide of a gull roost on Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich at sunset. Taken at least 23 years ago, it sat overlooked in my slide archives until recently and is now a favourite photo.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Glass

I rediscovered simple lighting and reflectors when doing tabletop photography. A partially drunk cup of coffee with a small diffused light and a gold reflector.