Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Big and Small

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.

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Big and Small

 

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.

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Big and Small

October Squares: Lines of Sandhill Cranes

For day 12 of Becky’s October Squares: Lines photo challenge here are several lines of Sandhill Cranes flying to roost at sunset.

Taken at Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada in the autumn. Sandhill Crane flocks can number in the hundreds of birds as they congregate in the area on their way south for the winter.

As a double lines contribution there’s also so interesting streaked cloud.

October Squares: Lines of Sandhill Cranes

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Living in the Light

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.

Archaic bird photography of a Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

 

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.

Sandhill Cranes at sunrise.

 

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.

Sunlit Squirrel.

Friendly Friday: Day Trip

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.

Frozen marsh at dusk.

Striped Skunk in the spring, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan.

Unexpected encounter.

A frozen section of Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan in winter.

A frozen Last Mountain Lake.

Snow Geese on autumn migration, Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan.

A gathering of Snow Geese.

A Marbled Godwit preening in the spring, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan.

Preening Marbled Godwit.

American White Pelicans in the summer, Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan.

Feeding party of American White Pelicans.

Sandhill Cranes flying to roost at sunset in the autumn, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan.

Living sky.

CFFC: Numbers or Letters

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.

A sign of spring.

Two Yellow Lady’s Slipper Orchids.

Yellow Lady's Slipper.

Three old Fordson tractors.

Old Fordson tractors.

Four Maple leaves on a moss covered boulder.

Maple leaves and moss.

Five Sandhill Cranes silhouetted at sunset.

Formation flying at sunset.

Six Yamaha RD 350 LC motorcycles.

A row of race bikes.

7.

Rally car #7.

Friendly Friday: Twins

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.

A pair of Maple leaves.

Two Great Crested Grebes.

A pair of Great Crested Grebes.

Two Oxeye Daisies.

A pair of Oxeye Daisies.

Two Sandhill Cranes.

Sandhill Cranes at sunrise.

Two Fly Agaric fungi.

Amanita muscaria.

Two Large White Butterfly caterpillars.

Big and small.

Two pieces of grass sticking out of the snow.

Simplicity.