Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Your Choice.

As this is the first anniversary of the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge the subject has been left to the contributors this week with the prompt: Your Choice.

After having a few thoughts for the challenge I came up with the idea of photos taken during the blue or golden hour, one for each decade starting with the 1970s.

1970s. Moonrise through an Oak tree, Hatherton, Cheshire, England.

Moonrise over farmland, Cheshire, England.

 

1980s. Storm clouds and light beams over Loch Arkaig, Scotland close to sunset.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Vista

 

1990s. A frozen section of Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, Saskatchewan, Canada at sunset.

A frozen Last Mountain Lake.

 

2000s. The range light at the mouth of the Saugeen River at dawn on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

Range light at sunrise, Southampton, Ontario.

 

2010s. Two birds on Colpoy’s Bay, Ontario, Canada at sunrise.

Two birds at sunrise.

CFFC: Numbers or Letters.

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Numbers or Letters.

I thought I would go with the numbers One to 7.

One American Robin posing for a photo.

A sign of spring.

Two Yellow Lady’s Slipper Orchids.

Yellow Lady's Slipper.

Three old Fordson tractors.

Old Fordson tractors.

Four Maple leaves on a moss covered boulder.

Maple leaves and moss.

Five Sandhill Cranes silhouetted at sunset.

Formation flying at sunset.

Six Yamaha RD 350 LC motorcycles.

A row of race bikes.

7.

Rally car #7.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Serenity.

A few photos that I find rather serene.

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

Resting male Common Pochard, Hurleston Reservoir, Cheshire, England.

Common Pochard napping.

Trees and their shadows, Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England.

Shadows from trees.

Center of a Coneflower, South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Florescent Coneflower.

Patches of ice on Lake Huron at dusk, Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

Ice on Lake Huron at dusk.

Mist over Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise, South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Mist over Colpoy's Bay at sunrise.

Frozen marsh at sunset, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Frozen marsh at dusk.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Radiant.

This is my contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge: Radiant.

Setting sun, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan. The tiny specks are distant wildfowl.

Specks in front of the sun.

Light rays radiating through clouds at sunset, Chantry Island Lighthouse.

Light beams through cloud at sunset.

Canada Day fireworks, 2018.

Fireworks for Canada Day.

The sun rising through fog on Colpoy’s Bay.

Colpoy's Bay at sunrise.

Candle flame.

Candle flame.

The sun rising over Colpoy’s Bay on the 2019 summer solstice.

Colpoy's Bay at sunrise.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Unique.

I had a few ideas for this Lens-Artists Photo Challenge which is Unique.

It was only when selecting photos for the challenge that it occurred to me just how many are unique. So I decided to restrict my selection to photos taken around the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada, because that was where the first two photos I selected were taken.

A unique mix of driftwood and pebbles on the Lake Huron shoreline at sunrise.

Driftwood and pebbles.

A unique mix of Canada Geese and clouds over Chantry Island at sunset.

Chantry Island at sunset.

A unique mix of ice and open water on Lake Huron at dusk in the spring.

Blue ice, orange water.

A unique mix of sun and cloud over Chantry Island soon after sunrise.

Chantry Island Lighthouse at sunrise.

A unique splash as a wave breaks over a rock.

Waves on the shoreline.

A unique mix of waves and ripples at sunrise.

Sunrise waves.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: An Interesting Barn.

An old barn on a local back road on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario photographed in a variety of interesting lighting conditions and at different times of the day and year.

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Interesting Buildings.

The barn with a rainbow and storm clouds in the autumn.

A different view with a second rainbow behind the barn.

The barn in mist at sunrise in late summer.

Old barn in mist at sunrise.

The barn at sunrise in late spring.

The barn at sunset in early autumn.

The barn in mist at sunrise in mid summer.

Friendly Friday: Ebb and Flow.

The latest Friendly Friday Photo Challenge is Ebb and Flow. It got me thinking about some of the locations I have photographed birds over the years.

A couple of locations in Saskatchewan stood out, in particular Last Mountain Lake, especially the National Wildlife Area that surrounds the northern end of the lake. Bird numbers would vary massively over the year.

In the spring the area is a stopover location for species such as this Killdeer. Some will stay in the area to breed while others will carry on north after feeding and resting.

Stretching Killdeer.

 

In the summer the area is a breeding location for species such as American White Pelicans. These birds are feeding in a channel where a marsh drains into a section of the lake.

Feeding party of American White Pelicans.

 

In the autumn the area is a major stopover location for Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes on autumn migration. This is a section of a Snow Geese flock, the birds can number in the thousands.

A gathering of Snow Geese.

 

In the winter the lake is frozen and partially snow covered. There are no water birds left in the area although you may see the occasional flock of Snow Buntings. It is however still a good location for sunsets.

A frozen Last Mountain Lake.