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Weekly Photo Challenge

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Summer

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge which for the month of July has themes of the seasons, the first is Summer.

As the month has a theme I decided to go with a theme for each of the season posts. I decided to go with one bird, one scenic and one flora or fauna subject for each season and to make the three photos as varied as possible.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Connect

An American White Pelican on a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan, Canada. Taken while sitting in the water to keep cool in the summer of 1999.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A River Runs Through It

The range light at the mouth of the Saugeen River in Southampton on the Lake Huron shoreline in Ontario, Canada. The 30th photo taken with my then new Olympus E-410 in the summer of 2007.

 

Throwback Thursday: 11th June 2020

Two Common Frogs waiting to catch insects visiting the Thyme flowers in a Hatherton, Cheshire, England garden in the summer of 1988.

 

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Travel Tuesday

Peek-A-Boo

Welcome to my second Travel Tuesday.

I spent part of the summer of 1995 in Saskatchewan, Canada shooting nature and travel photos for a couple of U.K. photo agencies.

I was photographing a small group of American Goldfinches feeding on weed seeds in a ditch when I noticed this male peeking around the fence post at me. The old Saskatchewan license plate someone had nailed to the fence post to stop it splitting further made it both a travel and a nature photo.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Summer Vacation 2020

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge

WWE #33: A Red-necked Grebe

This is my contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #33 Photo Challenge.

Having used a photo of two Horned Grebe amongst reflections for the Water Water Everywhere #30 challenge I thought I would start a theme.

So here is a Red-necked Grebe photographed on Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area in Saskatchewan. I was sitting in the water photographing American White Pelicans when the Grebe appeared. At first it kept its distance as in this photo but after a while it got closer as it got used to me being there.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Connect

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: One Single Flower

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge which this week has Cee Neuner as a guest host. Cee has given us the prompt One Single Flower.

I quickly decided to keep things simple and go with a small selection of favourite flowers and photos.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: One Single Flower

This is a Corncockle flower. Once a common weed in wheat fields it is now uncommon through modern farming practices. It is grown in some cottage gardens. All parts of the plant are poisonous.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: One Single Flower

This is a Prairie Lily, the provincial flower of Saskatchewan. This specimen was photographed near Punnichy, Saskatchewan. No longer as common on the prairies as it once was.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: One Single Flower

A Coneflower photographed a few years ago using my Vivitar 35mm lens from the 1970s on a modern digital camera. The interesting background is probably what started me experimenting with various lenses adapted to mirrorless cameras.

 

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

Friendly Friday: In Transit

This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: In Transit.

Once again I am playing fast and loose with the prompt with photos before or after some form of travel.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: In Transit

No longer in transit. There was no warning signs saying that the road was impassable. Photographed near Raymore, Saskatchewan, Canada.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: In Transit

About to be in transit. One of the campsites at the Le Mans race circuit in France after the end of a 24 hour motorcycle endurance race.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: In Transit

In transit to Flowerpot Island off the tip of the Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada. Taking a glass bottomed boat tour to view some of the underwater wrecks before visiting Flowerpot Island.

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Cosmic Photo Challenge

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Shades of Grey

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Shades of Grey prompt.

Of course, with a prompt like that you would expect monochrome images so I’m going in a completely different direction, Grey (or Gray) wildlife.

 

Weekly Prompts: Grey

An immature Grey Heron in fog at a reservoir in south Cheshire, England. The original is on Kodachrome.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Shades of Grey

A Grey Squirrel eating an acorn in a Cheshire, England garden. A species introduced from North America. They have decimated the population of the native Red Squirrel in the U.K. due to a combination of competition and a virus that the Grey Squirrel carries but is immune to.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Shades of Grey

An Eastern Gray Squirrel photographed in Saskatchewan, Canada. The same species as the Grey Squirrel in the Cheshire garden but note that the spelling of Gray changed with the change of continents. This individual was eating Saskatoon berries at -30°C in winter.

 

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Cee's Fun Foto Challenge

CFFC: Sense of Hearing

My idea for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Hearing quickly came to mind. Waking up in the spring to various birds singing and calling to proclaim their territories made it an obvious choice.

In the spring the males of lots of bird species are proclaiming their territories by singing and calling. As much as humans may enjoy hearing some of these songs they’re doing it to let rival males know they’re claiming the area as their territory and to attract a female.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Hearing

A European Robin proclaims the area as his territory, Faddiley, Cheshire.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

A male Yellow-headed Blackbird proclaiming his territory in Saskatchewan.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Hearing

A Tree Pipit singing from the top of a tree on Bickerton Hill in southern Cheshire.

 

One Word Sunday: Inspiration

A male Red-winged Blackbird proclaiming his territory in Saskatchewan.