Male Yellow Warbler

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Yellow.

I thought about some of the bird species that have Yellow in their common English names. Here’s a male Yellow Warbler photographed at Point Pelee National Park, Ontario, the southern most part of the Canadian mainland.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Yellow

October Squares: Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel

This is my contribution for day 13 of Becky’s October Squares: Lines photo challenge and a shot I delayed posting until the thirteenth.

For day 13 I give you a Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel in the spring looking for some fresh grass to eat. Taken near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

October Squares: Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel

A Photo a Week Challenge: Texture.

This is my contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Texture.

At first I considered the obvious subjects, tree bark, ripples on water. It was the ripples on water that made me think of snow and ice.

Ice on Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise in early spring. At this point the ice had thawed a little and started breaking up before refreezing.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Texture.

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Size Matters!

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Size Matters.

My first thought was of some nature subjects that can vary in size. Then I thought about my recent need to make changes to some of the equipment I’m using.

Up until this spring I was typically carrying a large camera bag with a DSLR and three large zoom lenses. This is my Domke F-2 on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline in the winter.

Domke F-2 in brown RuggedWear.

 

A shot from that visit to the shoreline. Waves forming icicles on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline at sunrise. The tripod ended up frozen to the stones on the shoreline.

Icicle formation.

 

Then a few days into spring this year I fell off a ladder and fractured my left tibia and right humerus. As a result I have four screws in the tibia and restricted movement in the right shoulder.

I spent most of the spring in various hospitals and a rehab unit. On being discharged from the rehab unit I started making some changes to the equipment I carry when out and about shooting personal work.

A small mirrorless camera body and three manual focus prime lenses fit into a tiny Domke F-5XB. The bag is so small and light I can hang it on a tripod. After taking the photo I went for a walk around town with the bag on my injured shoulder with no negative impact on the shoulder.

My small and light mirrorless camera kit.

 

A shot from my first outing with the bag. Soon after the photo was taken a tremendous thunderstorm with heavy rain rolled over the bay. The bag is made with what Domke call RuggedWear, a waxed cotton material. The rain beaded on the flap of the bag but didn’t come through the material.

Storm clouds over Colpoy's Bay at dawn.

July Squares: Black-throated Blue Warbler.

A contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Blue challenge.

This is a male Black-throated Blue Warbler pretending it’s a Baltimore Oriole by eating the grape jelly in an Oriole feeder. Photographed in the spring on the South Bruce Peninsula. It fed and rested for a couple of days before moving on.

 

July Squares: Black-throated Blue Warbler.