This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Just An Illusion.
It’s a composite of two images, a large setting sun and Sandhill Cranes flying to roost at sunset. I spent quite a lot of time each autumn that I lived in Saskatchewan, Canada trying to get a shot like this on a single frame of film.
This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Living in the Light.
As a photographer I pay attention to the light and had several ideas for the challenge. In the end I decided to make light the theme of my contribution. Here’s a few photos where the quality of light is a major part of the image.
A male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the shade with sunlight illuminating the background. Last year I spent some time experimenting with different lighting conditions and had set up in the yard so that any birds landing on the branch in the shade would have sunlight illuminating the background.
Two backlit Sandhill Cranes soon after sunrise. I was heading home after going down to Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise when I spotted the birds feeding in a hay field with the light behind them.
An American Red Squirrel in dappled sunlight. I deliberately set up in the yard where the birds and mammals would be moving in and out of the patches of sunlight.
This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Day Trip.
There was a couple of bird photography locations in Saskatchewan, Canada that I used to spend the day at, Little Quill Lake and the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area. Here’s a selection of photos from the two areas.
A frozen marsh at dusk, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan.
Striped Skunk in the spring, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan.
A frozen section of Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan in winter.
Snow Geese on autumn migration, Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan.
A Marbled Godwit preening in the spring, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan.
American White Pelicans in the summer, Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan.
Sandhill Cranes flying to roost at sunset in the autumn, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan.
This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Numbers or Letters.
I thought I would go with the numbers One to 7.
One American Robin posing for a photo.
Two Yellow Lady’s Slipper Orchids.
Three old Fordson tractors.
Four Maple leaves on a moss covered boulder.
Five Sandhill Cranes silhouetted at sunset.
Six Yamaha RD 350 LC motorcycles.
This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Twins.
I started thinking about some of the pairs and doubles I have photographed over the years. After a while I started writing them down as the list was getting quite long and I didn’t want to overlook any when making my selection for the challenge.
Two Maple leaves.
Two Great Crested Grebes.
Two Oxeye Daisies.
Two Sandhill Cranes.
Two Fly Agaric fungi.
Two Large White Butterfly caterpillars.
Two pieces of grass sticking out of the snow.
This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Wild.
As someone who has been photographing wildlife for years I had difficulty finding a starting point.
So I decided to go with a selection of photos taken when I wasn’t necessarily expecting a wildlife encounter. When I was out for a sunrise or photographing landscapes for example.
A Striped Skunk that appeared while I was looking for spring migrants around Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Sitting on a bench at Dominion Lookout on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario imagine my surprise when this Red Fox came trotting along the shoreline. I later found out that it was a regular and well known by the locals.
Coming home from photographing a sunrise I spotted these two Sandhill Cranes in a field on our side road.
A Racoon that wandered into the yard one afternoon. I was sitting on the deck having been shooting portraits earlier so had a portrait lens on the camera.
A Sanderling on autumn migration. I had gone down to the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada for the sunrise and found a small flock of half a dozen Sanderling on the shoreline.
This current Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge is Sky.
A subject that I have rather a lot of options available for. Then I thought about living in Saskatchewan, Canada in the late 1990s. Saskatchewan proclaims itself the “Land of Living Skies” with the slogan on the provincial license plates.
That got me thinking about some of my shots from my time in Saskatchewan and some of the flocks of Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes. This is a flock of Sandhill Cranes flying to roost at sunset in the autumn. The photo was taken north of Little Quill Lake, part of a wetland complex in Saskatchewan.