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Glimmering Ice

The last rays of the setting sun glimmers on the remains of ice on Lake Huron in the spring.

Glimmering ice

The Daily Post one word prompt is Glimmer.

Cosmic Photo Challenge

Two towers.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is Comically Created Colour!

I have seen and photographed a few sun pillars over the years but this was the most impressive by a huge margin.

I was down at the Lake Huron shoreline for the sunset and had positioned my tripod so that the sun would be setting to the right of the Lighthouse on Chantry Island. The section of Lake Huron in the foreground was frazil ice which was also interesting.

The sunset was fairly spectacular but I learned long ago not to put the camera away until the last light had gone from the sky. Some time after the sun had dropped below the horizon this sun pillar appeared. By far the biggest and brightest I had seen made even more impressive by the fact that I was using a telephoto lens to pick out the Lighthouse on the Island.

Sun pillars are caused by ice crystals in the air.

A giant sun pillar.

Photo Challenges

Frozen marsh at sunset

The Daily Post one-word prompt is Frigid.

A frozen marsh at Little Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada. It was around -40°C at sunset.

Ice makes some strange sounds at those temperatures sometimes.

Ice, reeds and clouds

Photo Challenges

Moonrise, Sunset

The new Weekly Photo Challenge is Rise/Set.

This is my second post on this challenge but is actually the first version I put together before changing my mind and rewriting.

A moonrise from the mid 1970s and used in a slideshow which was part of my O level art exhibition. Taken from behind my parents house in Cheshire, England.

Moonrise, Hatherton, Cheshire, England

Decades later and on a different continent in Ontario, Canada we have a spring sunset. The sun is setting behind Chantry Island and it’s lighthouse with a mix of ice and open water on Lake Huron in the foreground.

Chantry Island Lighthouse at sunset, Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada

Photo Challenges

A sunrise and a sunset

The new Weekly Photo Challenge is Rise/Set.

I thought I would span the decades and change continents. The problem is that I have now changed my photo selection and rewritten this post three times.

This shot was taken shortly before the sun came up, I was down on the Lake Huron shoreline half an hour before sunrise. The plan was to test my new digital camera and some lenses. This is the fourth shot I took with the camera and I haven’t shot any film since.

Range light at sunrise, Southampton, Ontario, Canada

This male Mallard silhouetted against the setting sun was planned. I selected the best spot to give me the most variety of lighting and wildfowl on the water. A film shot from Lancashire, England in the early 1990s.

Male Mallard silhouetted at sunset, Lancashire, England

Photo Challenges

Variations on a Lighthouse

Variations on a Theme weekly photo challenge.

Chantry Island Lighthouse, Lake Huron, Ontario at sunrise.

Chantry Island Lighthouse at sunrise, Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada

With a partial rainbow during a passing shower.

Rainbow, Chantry Island Lighthouse, Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada

And at sunset.


Cosmic Photo Challenge

The end of the day.

Chantry Island and its lighthouse at sunset in the winter.

Chantry Island at sunset, Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada