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Tuesday Photo Challenge

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Animals

This is my contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Animals.

Having been digitising my slide archives I had various options so I needed to come up with a theme.

In the end I decided to keep it simple and go with one photo from my time in Cheshire, England, one from my time in Saskatchewan, Canada and one from my time in Ontario, Canada.

 

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Through an Opening

A Red Fox in a hay field at Faddiley, Cheshire, England. A favourite and an easy choice after the photo was used in a field guide to garden wildlife. Rather amusing as it’s fairly obviously in a hay field.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Funny Furry Friends

A Striped Skunk on the Middle Quill Lake shoreline, Saskatchewan, Canada in the spring. This was also a relatively easy pick despite having a few animals to select from. I went with this Skunk because a lot of people’s reaction to the photo. I was never concerned about being sprayed. Skunks have very poor eyesight so my trick is to talk calmly to them. That way they know you’re there and you aren’t going to surprise them.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Animals

An American Red Squirrel in dappled sunlight on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada. This shot was the hardest to select, in the end I went with this photo because it was used in a calendar. I also like the effect of the dappled sunlight filtering through the trees which is why I had set up in that location.

 

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Distance

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Distance prompt.

As a nature and landscape photographer I have been social distancing for decades. I started thinking about some of the locations in Saskatchewan where there wasn’t another human being for miles. Especially in winter when some farmers move into town, just because there’s a farm 5 miles away doesn’t mean there’s anyone living there. For some of these photos I was miles from the nearest road.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

A frozen section of Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area at sunset in winter.

 

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Whitetail Deer at dusk near Punnichy.

 

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Make Yourself Feel Small

A frozen section of marsh at sunset, Little Quill Lake.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Funny Furry Friends

A Striped Skunk in the spring between Little Quill Lake and Middle Quill Lake.

 

One Word Sunday: Ice

Sunrise reflected in a frozen slough near Punnichy.

 

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

Friendly Friday: Funny Furry Friends

When I read the prompt for the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Funny Furry Friends I had a few options.

There’s no shortage of furry friends within yards of where I sit writing this with Squirrels, Chipmunks and even Raccoons visiting the yard in Ontario, Canada on a regular basis.

However, I haven’t spent months digitising my slide archives not to make use of the digital versions. So here’s a small selection of furry friends from Shropshire, England and Saskatchewan, Canada.

 

Friendly Friday: Funny Furry Friends

A European Rabbit photographed on the Brown Moss Nature Reserve near Whitchurch, Shropshire, England.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Funny Furry Friends

A Richardson’s Ground Squirrel looking for something to eat in the spring having just emerged from hibernation. Photographed near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Funny Furry Friends

This Striped Skunk was photographed at Middle Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada in the spring. I was looking for migrant birds when it wandered out of the vegetation along the shoreline.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Funny Furry Friends

This is a Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel. Photographed in the spring near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada. I have never worked out which lines on the ground squirrels body you are supposed to count to get 13.

 

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

Friendly Friday: Day Trip

This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Day Trip.

There was a couple of bird photography locations in Saskatchewan, Canada that I used to spend the day at, Little Quill Lake and the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area. Here’s a selection of photos from the two areas.

A frozen marsh at dusk, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan.

Frozen marsh at dusk.

Striped Skunk in the spring, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan.

Unexpected encounter.

A frozen section of Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan in winter.

A frozen Last Mountain Lake.

Snow Geese on autumn migration, Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan.

A gathering of Snow Geese.

A Marbled Godwit preening in the spring, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan.

Preening Marbled Godwit.

American White Pelicans in the summer, Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan.

Feeding party of American White Pelicans.

Sandhill Cranes flying to roost at sunset in the autumn, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan.

Living sky.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Wild

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Wild.

As someone who has been photographing wildlife for years I had difficulty finding a starting point.

So I decided to go with a selection of photos taken when I wasn’t necessarily expecting a wildlife encounter. When I was out for a sunrise or photographing landscapes for example.

A Striped Skunk that appeared while I was looking for spring migrants around Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Unexpected encounter.

Sitting on a bench at Dominion Lookout on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario imagine my surprise when this Red Fox came trotting along the shoreline. I later found out that it was a regular and well known by the locals.

Trotting Red Fox.

Coming home from photographing a sunrise I spotted these two Sandhill Cranes in a field on our side road.

Sandhill Cranes at sunrise.

A Racoon that wandered into the yard one afternoon. I was sitting on the deck having been shooting portraits earlier so had a portrait lens on the camera.

Portrait of a Racoon.

A Sanderling on autumn migration. I had gone down to the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada for the sunrise and found a small flock of half a dozen Sanderling on the shoreline.

Feeding juvenile Sanderling.