52 week photo project

Week 14: Early morning light

I went for an early morning walk rather than heading off to one of my sunrise locations this weekend. I liked the way the low sun was illuminating patches of the Ivy leaves on the tree trunks.

Ivy leaves in winter.


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Week 13: Gnarled and wrinkled

An interestingly textured section of tree bark.

I did a monochrome conversion, I had been looking for shots that would work in monochrome when out for a walk. Maybe the monochrome is the reason it makes me think of Elephant skin. Not that I have ever been close enough to an Elephant to know what their skin looks like in close up.

gnarled and wrinkled tree bark

Photo Challenges

I’m Warning You

The Daily Post one word prompt is Warning.

Three Eurasian Coot in a dispute over something. Either one was making a move on one of the others or one had strayed into the others territory. Not that it takes much for Eurasian Coot to start fighting at times.

A dispute between Common Coot

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Week 12: An over the shoulder look

A male Purple Finch checking what the photographer is up to.

I don’t know who decided that the common English name should be Purple Finch but I always think Raspberry Finch would be more accurate.



Nesting preparations

Part one of a story that will be ongoing for the next 10 weeks or so.

A brief explanation. In 1987 I documented the entire nesting cycle of a pair of Eurasian Blue Tits. The nestbox was specially designed and constructed. It was installed in a garden shed in place of a normal nestbox used each spring.

The first photo shows a couple of pieces of nesting material in the bottom of the box while one of the birds pecks at the entrance hole. This is often done, I’m not sure if it is a territorial action or if the birds do it to make the hole a better fit.

Adult Blue Tit pecking at nestbox hole, Cheshire, England

A shot of the exterior of the nestbox. Nestbox, Cheshire, England


Cosmic Photo Challenge

A Hint of Spring

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is A Hint of Spring.

I thought I would use one photo from the UK and one from Canada.

In Cheshire, England a pair of Great Crested Grebe performing their courtship display by waving weed at each other.

Great Crested Grebes displaying, Hurleston Reservoir, Cheshire, England

In Ontario, Canada a male Common Merganser swims amongst ice on a thawing Lake Huron.

Male Common Merganser, Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada


What’s in a name?

Most people in Britain call them a Wren, some call them a Jenny Wren. As a bird photographer I captioned the photo below as a Winter Wren when it was taken in the 1990s. The photo was taken in Cheshire, England and at the time the bird was classified as the same species as the Winter Wren found in North America.

However, since researchers started analysing the DNA of species it has been reclassified. In Europe and Asia the bird is now called the Eurasian Wren. The North American Winter Wren has been split into two species, the Winter Wren that can be found in eastern North America and the Pacific Wren found along the Pacific coast of North America. As a result, the North American species also have new scientific names.

So to the photo, a Winter, sorry Eurasian Wren singing to proclaim it’s territory in the spring. Ah, spring, it’s -11°C with a wind chill of -17 in this part of Ontario as I type this.

Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes), Hurleston Reservoir, Cheshire, England