My Travel Tuesday post this week is a frozen Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise in early spring of 2019.
This is my contribution to Ann-Christine’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: You Pick It prompt.
Shortly before Ann-Christine posted the prompt I had been for a walk. One of the things I did on the walk was continue my experiments with intentional camera movement.
As a result I decided to look back at some of the photos from my experiments with intentional camera movement. Specifically the photos of trees on my walks.
Trees in leaf in mid summer. A previously unedited photo from the 52 week photo project I did in 2018.
Bare trees in the snow in winter. A photo from about six weeks ago when I was limited to certain routes when out for a walk.
Trees in a mixture of leaf litter and patches of snow. A photo from a few weeks ago after a thaw. The mixture of leaf litter and snow on the ground gives the foreground a different appearance.
Bare trees in early spring. Taken last Saturday afternoon and the photo that gave me the idea for this post.
A break from Monochrome Monday as I continue my exploration of lichen growing on trees and boulders around the neighborhood.
I spotted these orange and grey lichens on a tree trunk during a walk last Saturday afternoon.
This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: New life emerging prompt.
There’s very little sign of spring around this part of Ontario at the moment, we got snow last Thursday.
So I decided to go with a small selection of of bird species that have started appearing on spring migration.
A Pine Siskin in spring. They stopped off in autumn on their way south and again on their way north in spring.
A male American Goldfinch. We had a couple of American Goldfinch on and off over winter but suddenly the male is getting his bright yellow breeding plumage.
A Chipping Sparrow. The first of the New World Sparrows to arrive this year. The first species is usually the Song Sparrow but I still haven’t had one this spring.
A Dark-eyed Junco. The first Juncos arrived a week or so ago and there was still at least six here at the weekend.
My Saturday Bird this week is the Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) a member of the duck family. It is known as the Goosander in Europe.
With an off white body and black head with a green gloss this is a male. Females are mostly grey with a reddish brown head.
Photographed in early April close to the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada. There is still the remains of the winter ice on the lake.
My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is a follow-up of sorts to last week’s post, Bluebells.
This is a male Orange Tip Butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines) feeding on Bluebells in a cottage garden at Faddiley near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.
Found throughout Europe and temperate Asia, in the U.K. it is another sign of spring. The female does not have the orange tip on the forewing.