Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Magical.

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

I was thinking about the challenge and had this post mostly written in my head on Sunday evening. On Monday I started considering a completely different selection of photos before deciding to combine my ideas.

My original ideas was to detail some of the magical experiences photographing nature subjects. Then I started thinking about some of the magical landscapes and skies I have photographed.

In the end I went with a mix of nature encounters and landscapes.

Storm clouds and light beams over Loch Arkaig, Scotland.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Vista

 

Pond Skaters, not only can they walk on water, they also mate on the water. Taken on a garden pond in Hatherton, Cheshire, England.

Mating Pond Skaters.

 

An Osprey with a White Sucker on the Lake Huron shoreline, Ontario, Canada. Not only can the bird spot and catch a fish in rough water but it can then carry the fish in the most aerodynamic position.

Flying Osprey with flying fish.

 

Snow Geese on autumn migration. Taking off from a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, Saskatchewan, Canada. This is a small part of one of the flocks in the area.

A flock of Snow Geese taking flight.

 

A young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the rain on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada last year and September in a 2019 birds calender.

In the rain.

 

Trees and their shadows, Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England.

Trees and their shadows on farmland.

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Shadows

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Shadows.

I decided to go with two images of shadows being cast by trees that are also very different.

Trees and their shadows, Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England. A film shot from about 25 years ago. Taken with a long telephoto to isolate the trees and shadows as much as possible.

Monochrome trees and shadows.

 

A barcode on the snow. A low winter sun casting long shadows of tree trunks onto snow on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada taken about 18 months ago. This was almost a monochrome image and hardly changed when doing the monochrome conversion.

Tree trunk shadows on snow.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Serenity

A few photos that I find rather serene.

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

Resting male Common Pochard, Hurleston Reservoir, Cheshire, England.

Common Pochard napping.

Trees and their shadows, Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England.

Shadows from trees.

Center of a Coneflower, South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Florescent Coneflower.

Patches of ice on Lake Huron at dusk, Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

Ice on Lake Huron at dusk.

Mist over Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise, South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Mist over Colpoy's Bay at sunrise.

Frozen marsh at sunset, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Frozen marsh at dusk.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Trees

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

Hoarfrost covered trees at sunrise, Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

snow covered prairie and hoarfrost covered trees

Silver Birch trees in snow on Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England.

Silver Birch trees in the snow.

Quaking Aspens reflected in a slough in the autumn, Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Autumn colour and reflection.

Trees in the snow, Hatherton, Cheshire, England.

trees in snow, Hatherton, Cheshire, England.

Abstract trees on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Abstract trees.

Trees and their shadows, Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England.

Shadows from trees.

A hodgepodge of tree trunks on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Autumn tree trunks.

 

 

Friendly Friday: Shadows

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

Shadows on a tree trunk, South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Shadows on a tree trunk in spring.

Trees and their shadows, Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England.

Trees and their shadows on farmland.

Shadows on the snow, South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

shadows on snow

Long shadows and an old barn at sunset, South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

An old barn 30 minutes before sunset.

Endings

My contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Endings.

I had a few ideas for the challenge before deciding to go with a selection of photos taken at the end of the day.

Old barn and long shadows at the end of the day, Ontario, Canada.

Old barn at sunset.

Male Common Pochard at the end of the day, Lancashire, England.

Being watched at sunset.

Black-headed Gulls in winter roost at the end of the day, Cheshire, England.

Black-headed Gull winter roost.

White-tailedDeer at the end of the day, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Winter White-tailed Deer at dusk.

Canada Geese flying to roost at end of the day, Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada.

Chantry Island at sunset.

St James’ Church, Audlem, Cheshire, England in silhouette at the end of the day.

Church at sunset.

Lines of ice on Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada at the end of the day.

Blue ice, orange water.