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Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird

CMMC: Contains the letter U

An immature male Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario. A popular summer visitor to Ontario with their arrival a sign that summer is close.

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week was chosen because it won’t be long before the Hummingbirds will be heading south for the winter.

I selected this photo of the species because it’s a personal favourite which was also published in a calendar. I’m say it’s an immature male because there appears to be some darker flecks in the feathers on the birds throat. That will be the ruby feathers starting to appear.

It’s also a slightly late contribution to Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge: August Alphabet must have two M’s in the word prompt.

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Weekly Prompts

Ruby

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Colour Challenge – Ruby.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Macro
A Ruby-tailed Wasp, Hatherton, Cheshire, England
Saturday Bird: Ruby-throated Hummingbird
A male Ruby-throated Hummingbird on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
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CFFC

Birds

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Birds prompt.

With nearly 40 years of bird photography in my archives I decided to go with one photo from each decade.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Twist

1980s. An adult Eurasian Blue Tit feeding young in a specially constructed nestbox in a garden in Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Through an Opening

1990s. Male and female American Avocets in summer (breeding) plumage on a slough near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Seeing

2000s. An Osprey with a White Sucker on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

CMMC: Contains the letter U

2010s. An immature Ruby-throated Hummingbird on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

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CBWC

Monochrome Flight

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Anything that Flies prompt.

CBWC: Anything in Flight
An immature Ruby-throated Hummingbird on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Birds
Gulls over Hurleston Reservoir, Cheshire, England.
Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Birds
Snow Geese on autumn migration, Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, Saskatchewan, Canada.
CBWC: Anything in Flight
An impression of a Ruby-throated Hummingbird on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
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Lens-Artists

My Photographic Journey

This is my contribution to Amy’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: My Photography Journey prompt.

I had quite a few ideas for the challenge, none of which I could build a theme around. In the end I decided to simply pick one favourite nature or landscape image from each decade I have been taking photos. Because landscapes and nature have been constant subjects during my photographic journey.

As a result it’s also partly a journey around some of the places I have lived over the years.

Lens-Artists: My Photographic Journey

1970s. Trees in snow covered farmland in Hatherton, Cheshire, England. I was still in secondary (high) school when this shot was taken. Taken a mile down the side road from my parents house at the time. It was part of the portfolio that got me a place at art school. Despite having been online for nearly a quarter of a century this is the first time I have posted the full frame, uncropped version. I have always cropped to a panoramic format in the past.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Water

1980s. Storm clouds and light beams over Loch Arkaig, Scotland. Memorable because I had spent three days shooting landscapes in almost constant rain. The rain stopped early evening of the third day and the sun started breaking through the storm clouds. This shot was published worldwide by Olympus Japan and won a national photo contest in the U.K.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Connect

1990s. An American White Pelican on Last Mountain Lake. Probably the hardest decade to pick a favourite. I moved from the U.K. to Canada and was doing a lot of nature and landscape photography. One of the most memorable moments was sitting in the water at Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada while a flock of American White Pelicans swam and fished around me.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Seeing

2000s. Osprey with a White Sucker over Lake Huron. This decade saw me living in Ontario, Canada. For the first 8 years I lived in Southampton on the Lake Huron shoreline. I would frequently head down to the lake shore for sunrise and sunset. If I was down there for the sunrise I would often hang around looking for birds. One morning I watched this Osprey catch the fish and immediately start getting harassed by a couple of Herring Gulls. The Osprey is looking at one of them while the water still drips off the bird and the fish. This was my second year shooting digital.

CMMC: Contains the letter U

2010s. A juvenile Ruby-throated Hummingbird in late summer. I was now living on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario and in 2018 did a 52 week photo project which is how this blog started. This shot didn’t make it as a weekly pick for the project but it was published in a bird calendar the following year.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Negative Space

2020s. A portrait of a Coneflower. One year into the 2020s and a surprisingly difficult pick. I had a few nice sunrises from the local bay and a nearby lake last summer and autumn. Which meant that I couldn’t pick a favourite because they were all too fresh in my mind. However, I spent part of the first Covid-19 lockdown photographing flowers and plants with various unusual lenses. For this Coneflower I used a fast portrait lens wide open. It’s been a favourite since I took it.

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Weekly Prompts

A Variety of Wings

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Wings.

I quickly decided to go with a small selection of wings with as much variety as possible.

A Photo a Week: Joy

A Common Loon stretching its wings at sunrise.

Throwback Thursday: Banded Demoselle egg laying

Male and female Banded Demoiselle with different wing patterns.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A

A blur of wings from a motion blurred Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Small Copper Butterfly

Backlit wings of a Small Copper Butterfly.

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Photo Challenges

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

This is my contribution to Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge: Word that contains the letter U prompt.

I decided to go with a natural history theme and had a few ideas for the challenge before thinking of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

As this bird doesn’t have a ruby coloured throat it’s a female. Given how smart the birds plumage is I suspect that it’s a juvenile female hatched from an egg earlier in the summer. It was photographed on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario in August.

CMMC: Contains the letter U