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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

Friendly Friday: Something Good

This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Something Good.

I drew a blank on this prompt at first before thinking about the way the natural world is carrying on as normal regardless of the humans around them. Spring migration continues as normal so I thought of some of the recently arrived or recently emerged from hibernation species in this part of Ontario.

 

A sign of spring.

I had my first American Robin about a month ago.

 

Northern Cardinal male feeding.

We had a male Northern Cardinal show up in the yard about three weeks ago.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Christmas Preparations

I had my first Eastern Chipmunk emerge from hibernation about 10 days ago.

 

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Big and Small

I heard Sandhill Cranes calling a week or two ago and saw two last Thursday.

 

Portrait of a Racoon.

I had my first Raccoon of the spring yesterday (Friday) evening.

 

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

Friendly Friday: Simple Joys

When considering the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Simple Joys prompt I remembered going down to the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline for the sunrise and the joy of being entertained by a Belted Kingfisher pretending to be a Barn Swallow by sitting on a power line along the road.

That made me wonder what the sunrise had been like and what else I had photographed that day. That then got me thinking about coming home from another sunrise and spotting two Sandhill Cranes in a hay field in nice early morning light.

That was on the 4th August 2018 so here’s a selection of simple joys from that day.

 

Colpoy's Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at dawn.

The simple joy of a section of the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline to myself for a 50 second exposure at dawn.

 

Fog and low cloud.

The simple joy of a black and white photo of the mist and low cloud over the Niagara Escarpment across the bay.

 

Sandhill Cranes at sunrise.

The simple joy of spotting these two Sandhill Cranes in a hay field coming home from the sunrise.

 

Male American Goldfinch.

The simple joy of setting up a camera in the yard to photograph this male American Goldfinch in its smart summer plumage.

 

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Monthly Squares

January Squares: Backlight

Returning home from photographing a sunrise I spotted these two Sandhill Cranes in a hay field. Backlit by the low sun I had to stop and take some photos of the birds.

This is my contribution for day seven of Becky’s January Squares: Light photo challenge.

January Squares: Backlight

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Cee's B & W Photo Challenge

Sandhill Cranes in Monochrome

Two backlit Sandhill Cranes in a hay field soon after sunrise.

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Two of Anything.

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Two of Anything

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A Photo a Week Challenge

A Photo a Week Challenge: Atmospheric

This is my contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Atmospheric.

Two distant Sandhill Cranes and some trees in mist shortly after sunrise. Taken on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario when returning from photographing a sunrise.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Atmospheric

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Seeing Double

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Seeing Double.

Three doubles from Ontario, Canada.

Two Coneflowers.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Seeing Double

 

Two rainbows.

Barn and rainbows.

 

Two Sandhill Cranes.

Sandhill Cranes at sunrise.

 

Three doubles from Cheshire, England.

Two Pond Skaters making more Pond Skaters.

Mating Pond Skaters.

 

Two Fly Agaric.

Amanita muscaria.

 

Two Great Crested Grebes.

A pair of Great Crested Grebes.

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Weekly Prompts

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