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.
1980s. Storm clouds and light beams over Loch Arkaig, Scotland close to sunset.
1990s. A frozen section of Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, Saskatchewan, Canada at sunset.
2000s. The range light at the mouth of the Saugeen River at dawn on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.
2010s. Two birds on Colpoy’s Bay, Ontario, Canada at sunrise.
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.
Two Yellow Lady’s Slipper Orchids.
Three old Fordson tractors.
Four Maple leaves on a moss covered boulder.
Five Sandhill Cranes silhouetted at sunset.
Six Yamaha RD 350 LC motorcycles.
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.
Trees and their shadows, Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England.
Center of a Coneflower, South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
Patches of ice on Lake Huron at dusk, Southampton, Ontario, Canada.
Mist over Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise, South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
Frozen marsh at sunset, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.
This is my contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge: Radiant.
Setting sun, Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan. The tiny specks are distant wildfowl.
Light rays radiating through clouds at sunset, Chantry Island Lighthouse.
Canada Day fireworks, 2018.
The sun rising through fog on Colpoy’s Bay.
The sun rising over Colpoy’s Bay on the 2019 summer solstice.
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.
A unique mix of Canada Geese and clouds over Chantry Island at sunset.
A unique mix of ice and open water on Lake Huron at dusk in the spring.
A unique mix of sun and cloud over Chantry Island soon after sunrise.
A unique splash as a wave breaks over a rock.
A unique mix of waves and ripples at sunrise.
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.
The barn at sunrise in late spring.
The barn at sunset in early autumn.
The barn in mist at sunrise in mid summer.
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.
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.
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.
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.