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.
A wet, bedraggled Raccoon that wandered into the yard and started eyeing up the bird feeders one Saturday afternoon.
Raindrops on a Cedar branch on the edge of the yard.
Tree trunks casting long shadows across the snow in the yard.
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.
A young Ruby-throated Hummingbird checking out the hummingbird feeder hanging in the yard.
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.
This is my day 13 contribution to Becky’s January Squares: Light photo challenge and day one of my five day sequence of Flight photos.
An immature Ruby-throated Hummingbird in flight on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario in the summer.
The Ghost of a Hummingbird for the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Spooky.
This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Big and Small.
I decided to go with two photos, one of a big subject and one of a small subject.
I thought about some of the bird species that have headed south for the winter and that we won’t be seeing again until next spring. Two of those species are Sandhill Cranes and Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. You can’t get a much bigger difference in size.
Two Sandhill Cranes feeding in a local hay field. Taken on my way home after going down to Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise.
An hour or so later on the same day I was set up in the yard photographing the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds that arrive for the summer. As this bird lacks the patch of iridescent ruby red feathers on the throat it’s either a female or an immature bird.
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 Lens-Artists Photo Challenge Delicate.
I had a few ideas for the challenge before deciding to go with a variety of images that I would describe as delicate in some way. Two of the shots are from the 52 week photo project that I did last year while another dates back to 1987.
A young Ruby-throated Hummingbird in flight.
The ghost of a Maple leaf on snow.
An adult Eurasian Blue Tit feeding recently hatched young.
Detail of some Foxtail Barley seed heads.
Dandelion seed head.
Remains of a seed head in winter.