Yellow Lady’s Slipper Orchids.

The new Cosmic Photo Challenge is Rebirth and Remembrance.

As it’s spring in Ontario it got me thinking about some of the plant species that will be appearing over the next few weeks. One of the plants in this part of Ontario is the Yellow Lady’s Slipper Orchid. As perennial it is reborn each spring and being an Orchid it is associated with remembrance.

Yellow Lady's Slipper.

Mmm, suet cake.

The new Tuesday Photo Challenge is Cake.

This was a difficult one for me until I remembered that some people call the various shapes of suet blocks used in bird feeders suet cake. Possibly because often the suet has fruit, berries, seeds and/or nuts mixed into it.

Here’s a male White-breasted Nuthatch feeding on suet cake while hanging upside down.

White-breasted Nuthatch on feeder.

Weathered and Worn.

The new Lens-Artists Photo Challenge is Weathered or Worn.

First, some boulders placed around the base of Dominion Lookout on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario. They’re placed there to protect the Lookout from erosion by the water. The various patterns, colours and textures caught my eye.

Boulders on the Lake Huron shoreline.

Now the remains of a fallen tree lying in a ditch on the South Bruce Peninsula. It was the range of colours in this autumn detail that caught my eye.

Worn and Weathered autumn detail.

Finally some weathered and worn wooden pilings sticking out of Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise.

Wooden pilings sticking out of Colpoy's Bay.

Fireworks in the Round.

This week’s Wits End Weekly Photo Challenge is Round Things.

As usual I had a few ideas for the challenge before thinking of something completely unrelated to my original thoughts. I had the post finished before deleting it and reverting to one of my original ideas.

A variety of round fireworks at the Wiarton Village Fair taken from the dock in the village of Colpoy’s Bay. The dock is a couple of miles away from the fireworks across the bay.

Wiarton Village Fair fireworks.

 

The wonder of migration.

The new Tuesday Photo Challenge is Wonder.

Each spring I wait for the return of the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. Having spent the winter in the tropics they head north for the summer. The only Hummingbird species that breeds to the east of the Mississippi River some Ruby-throated Hummingbirds travel north of the Great Lakes to breed. A tremendous journey for such a small bird.

This male was photographed on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario last summer and obviously doesn’t like its photo being taken as it’s sticking its tongue out at the photographer.

Flying male Ruby-throated Hummingbird.