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Weekly Photo Challenge

Lines on the Snow

This is my first contribution to a new weekly photo challenge, Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge. The prompt this week is Pick a Topic from my Photo.

I went with lines. Partly due to getting snow this week after a weekend wind storm brought lots of branches down. So although this photo was taken 11 months ago I could recreate it if we got some sun.

Weekly Prompts: White
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Saturday Bird

Black-headed Gulls

My Saturday Bird this week is the Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus), a small gull that breeds in much of the Palearctic.

The birds in the photo are winter plumage adults who lost their dark head feathers in the autumn. They’re standing in a shallow section of Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England, a lot of them are preening.

In the 1990s Hurleston Reservoir was the location of a large winter gull roost that included thousands of Black-headed Gulls.

Saturday Bird: Black-headed Gulls
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Monthly Squares

One Of A Kind #5

Having miscalculated my squares for October I had to find a square to end the month. So I thought a bird at sunset would be an appropriate ending.

A male Mallard in silhouette at sunset in the winter is my day 31 contribution to Becky’s October Squares challenge on the theme of Kind.

A big thanks to Becky for an interesting and varied October Squares. It was bigger challenge than usual for me without an internet connection at home.

October Squares: One Of A Kind #5
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Monthly Squares

Lots Of A Kind #2

A small section of the winter gull roost on Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

Mostly Black-headed Gulls with a few Lesser Black-backed Gulls and a couple of Common Gulls. Anything less than 10,000 Black-headed Gulls was a small roost.

This is my day 27 contribution to Becky’s October Squares challenge on the theme of Kind.

October Squares: Lots Of A Kind
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Monthly Squares

Four Of A Kind #3

Four motorcycles in fog on their way to the Dragon Motorcycle Rally in Snowdonia, North Wales.

Taken in the very early 1980s when I was field testing Ilford XP1 prior to its release.

This is my day 24 contribution to Becky’s October Squares challenge on the theme of Kind.

October Squares: Four Of A Kind #3
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Monthly Squares

Five Of A Kind #2

Five Bewick’s Swans at dusk. Photographed at the Martin Mere Wetland Centre in Lancashire, England.

This is my day 18 contribution to Becky’s October Squares challenge on the theme of Kind.

October Squares: Five Of A Kind
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Weekly Photo Challenge

Splendour in the Grass

This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Challenge: Splendour in the Grass prompt.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge and decided to keep it simple and local with two very different photos of grass taken a few yards apart on my walks around the neighborhood.

Friendly Friday Challenge: Splendour in the Grass
Remains of grass in the snow in winter.
Friendly Friday Challenge: Splendour in the Grass
First light on some grass seed heads in early summer.