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Growing Up A Utility Pole

2021: Growing Up A Pole

Ivy growing up a utility pole on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario.

Taken on a recent walk around the neighborhood when I was looking for flowers and plants to photograph with the TTArtisan 50mm lens. I thought the light on the Ivy was rather nice.

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One Word Sunday

Urban

One Word Sunday: Urban

A spider web of utility wires on a foggy back alley in Southampton, Ontario yesterday morning.

I was planning on taking photos of the High Street shrouded in fog for Debbie’s One Word Sunday: Urban prompt until I spotted the utility pole.

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CBWC

Numbers

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Numbers prompt.

A variety of numbers taken on a couple of recent walks around the neighborhood and edited various ways.

CBWC: Numbers
A warning sign on a propane storage tank. The entire sign is bright red but I just gave the flames a selective colour treatment.
CBWC: Numbers
Site 3 sign nailed to a tree on a campground. As the sign is old and faded I edited the photo to accentuate that and make it look like an old film shot.
CBWC: Numbers
5 A reflective civic address number for an empty lot in the bush. Used by emergency services to locate an address.
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Lots of numbers on a utility pole. Anyone familiar with the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy will see the answer on this pole.
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One Word Sunday

Three

Three and multiples of three on a utility pole on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario.

This is my contribution to the One Word Sunday prompt Three.

There’s also a nod to Douglas Adams and his Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy books, 42, the ‘answer’ to life, the universe and everything.

One Word Sunday: Three
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One Word Sunday

Communication

This is my contribution to the One Word Sunday prompt Communication.

I very briefly considered smartphones, tablets and laptops before thinking of the various forms of communication in the animal kingdom. Territorial displays and courtship displays came to mind.

Then I got thinking about the times I have communicated with other species.

 

One Word Sunday: Communication

This Raccoon wandered into the yard one afternoon when I was outside photographing birds. I told it that it could stay as long as it left the bird feeders alone, which it did.

 

One Word Sunday: Communication

An American Red Squirrel in the yard getting upset with another Red Squirrel and looking at me when I told it to calm down. The Squirrel appears to have a Tick attached between the right foreleg and its body. Something I didn’t notice at the time when I was lying in the grass.

 

One Word Sunday: Communication

Finally, two forms of communication in one photo. This is a utility pole carrying telephone lines. The marks on the pole are where a Black Bear has used it to sharpen its claws, communicating its territory to other bears.

 

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Signs in the Snow

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: All Sorts of Signs.

I find both these signs amusing in the winter. I gave them both a spot colour treatment for a splash of colour in the snow.

This warning sign of a 90 degree bend on a local back road is slightly deceiving. If you turn right you head towards the nearest town. Turning left takes you onto a narrow, dead end gravel road that may or may not be passable without a 4×4 due to snow drifts. Some years it also gets washed out during the spring thaw.

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: All Sorts of Signs

 

These No Parking signs on a utility pole must be so people don’t park on the chest high snow bank.

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: All Sorts of Signs

 

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CFFC: Fire Hydrants

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Fire Hydrants.

Now I know that this isn’t a photo of a fire hydrant. I took a very sideways look at the challenge this week.

My first thought about fire hydrants was of dogs using them to mark their territories. This is what rural dogs use to mark their territories. It’s 11 years since I lived somewhere with fire hydrants. Around here dogs use utility poles to mark their territories.

Except that this pole has been used by something else. The scratches are from a Black Bear either marking its territory or sharpening its claws. There’s some debate between biologists about why they claw trees. Or in this case utility poles. It was quite a large bear by how far up the pole they are.

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge.