A Photo a Week Challenge: Changing Seasons

This is my contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Changing Seasons prompt.

There’s no real signs of spring around here yet but we had a mild winter with not a lot of snow so we may have an early spring. The possibility of an early spring is shown in these three photos of Colpoy’s Bay in the first week of spring over the last three years.


A Photo a Week Challenge: Changing Seasons

24th March 2018. Refrozen after a partial thaw.


A Photo a Week Challenge: Changing Seasons

24th March 2019. Still frozen.


A Photo a Week Challenge: Changing Seasons

22nd March 2020. Open water, the bay hardly started freezing last winter.


A Pair of Mallard

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the mid 1990s and a pair of Mallard hanging out on the remains of a tree in Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich.

Another overlooked photo from my slide archives. I find the light rather strange in this photo. The birds and tree stump appear to be front lit while the reflections on the water make me think it’s backlit. I’ve come to the conclusion that the scene is front lit and it’s the angles of the ripples in the water making their reflections appear to be backlit.

Throwback Thursday: 26th March 2020


WWE #20: Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise

Sunday morning saw me down at the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline for the sunrise. Three days into spring and it was so cold that I got a second pair of gloves out of the car to go over the thin gloves I use to operate the camera.

This is a contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #20 Photo Challenge.


Water Water Everywhere #20

That’s ice forming on the rocks along the shoreline.


Monochrome Monday: 23rd March 2020

Monochrome Monday travels back a couple of days to a walk around the neighborhood.

With blue sky and some wispy clouds I thought some of the trees, especially the Paper Birch, could make interesting monochrome conversions if I increased the contrast using a coloured filter during the conversion.


Monochrome Monday: 23rd March 2020

I used a yellow filter to darken the sky for this conversion.

Great Crested Grebe courtship display

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire in the early 1990s and is continuing my recent theme of spring arriving. I suspect that it was picking this photo for Throwback Thursday that reminded me of the Great Crested Grebe stretching its wings that caused me to change the theme of my contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Spread.

This is a pair of Great Crested Grebes performing part of their courtship display. There are several stages to their courtship display, this is the head shakes stage where the birds turn their heads alternately to the left and right.

Throwback Thursday: 19th March 2020