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Starting with the Letter – S

This week Patti gave use the prompt Subjects Starting with the Letter – S for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.

I quickly had a long list of ideas for the challenge and was considering a couple of different themes to build a post around.

When I realised that one set of three photos were taken in different seasons I decided to go with a set of four photos, one from each season.

Silent Sunday: 22nd December 2019

A fallen branch Sticks out of the Snow while Surrounded by Shadows cast by the Sun on the South Bruce Peninsula on the winter Solstice.

Saturday Bird: Pine Siskin

A Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) Surveys its Surroundings on the South Bruce Peninsula in Spring.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Subjects Starting with the Letter S

Backlit Sandhill Cranes Shortly after Sunrise on the South Bruce Peninsula in Summer.

Juvenile Sanderling on autumn migration

A juvenile Sanderling on the Lake Huron Shoreline in Southampton Shortly after Sunrise. A Stopover on its way South during autumn migration.

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Frozen and Snow Covered

My Travel Tuesday blog post this week is traveling back three years to February 2018.

A frozen and snow covered section of Lake Huron with Chantry Island and its lighthouse on the horizon. Taken from the flagpole at the bottom of High Street, Southampton, Ontario.

Travel Tuesday: 2nd February 2021
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Lens-Artists

My Photographic Journey

This is my contribution to Amy’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: My Photography Journey prompt.

I had quite a few ideas for the challenge, none of which I could build a theme around. In the end I decided to simply pick one favourite nature or landscape image from each decade I have been taking photos. Because landscapes and nature have been constant subjects during my photographic journey.

As a result it’s also partly a journey around some of the places I have lived over the years.

Lens-Artists: My Photographic Journey

1970s. Trees in snow covered farmland in Hatherton, Cheshire, England. I was still in secondary (high) school when this shot was taken. Taken a mile down the side road from my parents house at the time. It was part of the portfolio that got me a place at art school. Despite having been online for nearly a quarter of a century this is the first time I have posted the full frame, uncropped version. I have always cropped to a panoramic format in the past.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Water

1980s. Storm clouds and light beams over Loch Arkaig, Scotland. Memorable because I had spent three days shooting landscapes in almost constant rain. The rain stopped early evening of the third day and the sun started breaking through the storm clouds. This shot was published worldwide by Olympus Japan and won a national photo contest in the U.K.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Connect

1990s. An American White Pelican on Last Mountain Lake. Probably the hardest decade to pick a favourite. I moved from the U.K. to Canada and was doing a lot of nature and landscape photography. One of the most memorable moments was sitting in the water at Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada while a flock of American White Pelicans swam and fished around me.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Seeing

2000s. Osprey with a White Sucker over Lake Huron. This decade saw me living in Ontario, Canada. For the first 8 years I lived in Southampton on the Lake Huron shoreline. I would frequently head down to the lake shore for sunrise and sunset. If I was down there for the sunrise I would often hang around looking for birds. One morning I watched this Osprey catch the fish and immediately start getting harassed by a couple of Herring Gulls. The Osprey is looking at one of them while the water still drips off the bird and the fish. This was my second year shooting digital.

CMMC: Contains the letter U

2010s. A juvenile Ruby-throated Hummingbird in late summer. I was now living on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario and in 2018 did a 52 week photo project which is how this blog started. This shot didn’t make it as a weekly pick for the project but it was published in a bird calendar the following year.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Negative Space

2020s. A portrait of a Coneflower. One year into the 2020s and a surprisingly difficult pick. I had a few nice sunrises from the local bay and a nearby lake last summer and autumn. Which meant that I couldn’t pick a favourite because they were all too fresh in my mind. However, I spent part of the first Covid-19 lockdown photographing flowers and plants with various unusual lenses. For this Coneflower I used a fast portrait lens wide open. It’s been a favourite since I took it.

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A Month of Squares

January Squares: Up #27

Up on top of a rock.

This is my day 27 contribution to Becky’s January Squares on the theme of Up.

Four Sanderling Up on top of a rock on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario during autumn migration.

Four young Sanderling
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Up the Flagpole

My Travel Tuesday blog post this week is a visit to the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton at sunrise and is also a contribution to Becky’s January Squares on the theme of Up.

A group of Canada Geese rising Up off the water in front of the giant Canadian flag Up the flagpole at the bottom of High Street, Southampton, Ontario.

Travel Tuesday: Up the Flagpole
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Cosmic Photo Challenge

From Ground or Water Level

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: From Ground Level prompt.

It was a good prompt for me as I usually try to get to eye level with birds and mammals. This often involves lying on the ground behind the camera.

However, I quickly realised just how many photos I had to pick from. So initially I decided to limit myself to four photos. Then I decided to go with one photo from the past four decades, partly to make the selection easier.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New

1980s. A male Common Blackbird checking 1what the photographer is doing. I was in a ditch photovraphing something when I noticed this male spying on me. Photographed in an abandoned orchard at Faddiley near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

CMMC: Silver or Gold

1990s. A breeding plumage Horned Grebe on a cattle watering hole. I wanted to get as low a viewpoint as possible so had the legs of the tripod fully spread and then stomped them into a mixture of mud and cattle poop before lying behind the camera. Photographed near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Saturday Bird: Juvenile Red Knot

2000s. A juvenile Red Knot resting on the Lake Huron shoreline during autumn migration. The shoreline was too rocky to lie down behind the camera so I was kneeling, trying to get as low a possible. I spent long enough with the birds that they fed, bathed and napped in front of me. Photographed on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Animals

2010s. An American Red Squirrel in dappled sunlight. From the 52 week photo project I did in 2018 when I spent lots of time lying behind the camera photographing birds and mammals. Photographed on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

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A Month of Squares

January Squares: Up #16

Riding Up on top.

This is my day 16 contribution to Becky’s January Squares on the theme of Up.

Two young Common Merganser riding Up on top of their mothers back.

January Squares: Up #22