This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Magical.
I was thinking about the challenge and had this post mostly written in my head on Sunday evening. On Monday I started considering a completely different selection of photos before deciding to combine my ideas.
My original ideas was to detail some of the magical experiences photographing nature subjects. Then I started thinking about some of the magical landscapes and skies I have photographed.
In the end I went with a mix of nature encounters and landscapes.
Storm clouds and light beams over Loch Arkaig, Scotland.
Pond Skaters, not only can they walk on water, they also mate on the water. Taken on a garden pond in Hatherton, Cheshire, England.
An Osprey with a White Sucker on the Lake Huron shoreline, Ontario, Canada. Not only can the bird spot and catch a fish in rough water but it can then carry the fish in the most aerodynamic position.
Snow Geese on autumn migration. Taking off from a section of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, Saskatchewan, Canada. This is a small part of one of the flocks in the area.
A young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the rain on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada last year and September in a 2019 birds calender.
Trees and their shadows, Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England.
Monochrome Monday travels back just over a week when I headed down to the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline for the sunrise.
With thick cloud over much of Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment I realised that there wasn’t going to be much colour in the sky. So I shot with the intention of doing monochrome conversions of some of the shots.
Storm clouds over Lake Huron isolated with a telephoto lens. Southampton, Ontario, Canada.
My contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Vista.
Originally I was planning on using a small selection of shots from some of the locations I have lived in over the years. However, the challenge is vista, not vistas so I decided to go with a single image.
I thought it was was going to be hard picking a single image but in the end there was an obvious choice.
Storm clouds and light beams, Loch Arkaig, Lochaber, Scotland. Taken in the autumn of 1985 this shot was later published worldwide by Olympus Japan and won a national photo contest in the U.K.
Monochrome Monday is going back around 15 years to when I was living in Southampton, Ontario.
Living a few blocks from Lake Huron meant I was regularly down there with a camera. This is a monochrome conversion of a shot I posted on Instagram recently. It occurred to me when I was posting it that it would make a nice monochrome shot.
A section of the Lake Huron shoreline at the bottom of High Street, Southampton, Ontario at sunset. Chantry Island is on the horizon near the left edge of the frame.
This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is “The Spirit of Rain” which gave me rather a lot of options to pick from. Especially if you regard snow as white, winter rain.
So many options in fact that this photo was the third or fourth that I considered for this challenge. It was actually taken the day before the photo that had been my previous consideration.
The photo shows storm clouds over Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise. There’s rain falling over the mouth of the bay and White Cloud Island beyond with some interesting clouds over the bay.