Waves at Sunrise.

The new Wits End Weekly Photo Challenge is Found Art.

I was considering a few photos and then thought about some of my shots of waves and ripples at sunrise and sunset. I find the randomness of the waves and ripples and the way the colours in the sky reflect on the water interesting.

This shot was taken on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada at sunrise.

Sunrise waves.

A Canadian Camera Bag Requirement.

The new Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge is Advertising.

I had a few ideas for the challenge including a variety of motorsports images featuring varying degrees of advertising.

Then I looked out of the patio doors and it was snowing again. Which made me think of this photo. Taken in mid December, a week before the start of winter I could repeat the shot today, nearly a week into spring. A couple of days ago the bag was sitting on the frozen surface of Colpoy’s Bay, Ontario at sunrise. A snow and rain resistant camera bag is a requirement for an outdoor photographer in Canada.

This is my Domke F-2 camera bag in what they call RuggedWear. Anyone familiar with the waxed cotton jackets made by Belstaff and Barbour in Britain will recognise the material the bag is made from. The bags come with a tin of wax to reproof the canvas.

With waxed cotton having a long history of being used for waterproof clothing and having had a Belstaff jacket in the 1970s and 1980s the idea of a camera bag made from similar material appealed. It’s ideal for the Canadian weather.

Canadian Camera Bag Requirements.

Weathered and Worn.

The new Lens-Artists Photo Challenge is Weathered or Worn.

First, some boulders placed around the base of Dominion Lookout on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario. They’re placed there to protect the Lookout from erosion by the water. The various patterns, colours and textures caught my eye.

Boulders on the Lake Huron shoreline.

Now the remains of a fallen tree lying in a ditch on the South Bruce Peninsula. It was the range of colours in this autumn detail that caught my eye.

Worn and Weathered autumn detail.

Finally some weathered and worn wooden pilings sticking out of Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise.

Wooden pilings sticking out of Colpoy's Bay.

Fireworks in the Round.

This week’s Wits End Weekly Photo Challenge is Round Things.

As usual I had a few ideas for the challenge before thinking of something completely unrelated to my original thoughts. I had the post finished before deleting it and reverting to one of my original ideas.

A variety of round fireworks at the Wiarton Village Fair taken from the dock in the village of Colpoy’s Bay. The dock is a couple of miles away from the fireworks across the bay.

Wiarton Village Fair fireworks.

 

Around Dominion Lookout.

The new Lens-Artists Photo Challenge is Around the Neighborhood.

I was considering the neighborhood I currently live in. I actually had the post started before deciding to change neighborhood, firstly to Saskatchewan, Canada and then to Cheshire, England where I grew up.

I then changed neighborhoods again and moved on to Southampton, Ontario. Located on the shore of Lake Huron, I lived in the town for around eight years and still visit regularly.

I used to spend a lot of my spare time down on the shoreline with a camera so decided to write a post based on the lake shore. I then went with using photos taken within a few hundred yards of Dominion Lookout at the bottom of the High Street as that was one of my regular locations.

I have no idea why it’s called Dominion Lookout, the giant Southampton flagpole is there and I’ve always referred to the area as down by the flagpole.

A female Common Merganser with a line of young in tow. A couple are riding on her back.

Ducks in a row.

Chantry Island and its lighthouse at sunset with a giant sun pillar behind the island. Taken in the winter, Lake Huron is covered with frazil ice. Sun pillars are formed by ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere.

A giant sun pillar.

A Caspian Tern with a small fish flying along the shoreline in the summer.

Caspian Tern with catch.

A view of Chantry Island and its lighthouse from the Lake Huron shoreline early one morning. Taken around 15 years ago this rocky spit is now under water after a rise in the water level.

Sunrise on Lake Huron.

A juvenile Red Knot on the Lake Huron shoreline during autumn migration. One of a couple of Red Knot I spent a few hours with. This shot was taken soon after sunrise in golden light. The birds became comfortable enough to feed, bath, preen and then sleep in front of me.

Red Knot in golden light.

Rocks and waves on the shoreline early one summer morning.

Rocks and waves.

A Red Fox trots along the shoreline. Taken last spring, I later discovered that the Fox is a well known resident with the locals mostly ignoring it

Trotting Red Fox.

A florescent green kayak emerges from the fog on Lake Huron. Taken in the middle of July last year although you wouldn’t think that given the weather.

A splash of green.