Peaceful.

The new Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge is Peaceful.

Currently living close to a large bay and having lived close to Lake Huron in Ontario and Last Mountain Lake in Saskatchewan I have always found calm water very peaceful.

A calm Colpoy’s Bay with the Niagara Escarpment on the horizon at sunrise. Ontario, Canada.

Colpoy's Bay at sunrise.

Remains of winter ice on Lake Huron at dusk. Ontario, Canada.

Blue ice at dusk.

A calm Last Mountain Lake at sunset. Saskatchewan, Canada.

The sun sets over Last Mountain Lake.

Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge – Yellow.

The new Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge is Yellow.

My first thought was the various species of flora and fauna subjects with yellow in their common English names. I then decided that idea was to obvious before remembering the giant yellow butterfly garden ornament I had photographed on a walk last winter.

A Giant Yellow Butterfly over wintering on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Yellow butterfly garden ornament.

Old and New.

The new Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge is Old and New.

I had a few ideas for the challenge before thinking of some of my nestbox shots of adults feeding young.

This shot is quite a rare event with two adults in the nestbox together, normally there’s only a single adult in the nestbox once they’re feeding young. Taken using a specially constructed nestbox in Cheshire, England.

Two adult Eurasian Blue Tit feeding recently hatched young.

Eurasian Blue Tit nesting story

Firethorn berries.

The new Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge is Sphere.

It got me thinking about spheres in nature, subjects such as flowers, fruit and berries.

These are Firethorn berries also known as Pyracantha. These were photographed in Nantwich, Cheshire, England. It’s a popular plant with some gardeners grown for their decorative flowers and fruit. The fruit (berries) are also popular with some bird species in the winter.

Firethorn berries.

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.

Wings over water.

The new Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge is Wings.

I thought about swarms of insects but decided that while you can see the insects you can’t see their wings while they’re flying in the swarm.

Then I thought about some of the photos from when I was a member of a small group of birders surveying and recording a winter roost of Gull species on an inland reservoir in south Cheshire, England.

A photo of Black-headed Gulls in winter roosting on Hurleston Reservoir at night. If something disturbs the birds on an edge of the roost they will fly to another side of the roost which is what they’re doing in the photo.

Black-headed Gull winter roost.