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Old Stripey

Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

There have been quite a few of these around this summer – mostly on our parsley plants but also a few like this on the wild carrot (Daucus carota) that has established itself happily in the unmown areas of our ex-lawn.

I find the contrast of the rather formal striped coat on the caterpillar with the tight, random whorls of the “flower becoming a seed capsule” of the plant rather appealing. Coordinated colours too.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 24 August, 2019
  • Focal length: 189.74mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
By |2019-08-24T17:24:31-04:00August 25th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Summer Rain

Happy God and Song Sparrow

A heavy summer rainstorm was followed by bright sunshine and the Song Sparrow family came out to play, watched over by Happy God.

The Happy Buddha, or Laughing Buddha, is based on a wandering monk who walked throughout ancient China. His likeness is symbolic of joy, mirth and contentment, and it is said that rubbing the head or belly of a Happy Buddha statue brings good luck and fortune.


  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: DSC-RX100
  • Taken: 10 August, 2019
  • Focal length: 37.1mm
  • ISO: 125
  • Shutter speed: 1/320s
By |2019-08-10T16:20:10-04:00August 11th, 2019|birds, garden|0 Comments

Quebec Sunrise

Sunrise Kenauk

Morning over a Misty Lake

This picture is from the archives (2011). September in the Quebec hinterland often gives thick mist over lakes around dawn. This scene was photographed from the dock of Chalet Hidden in the Kenauk reserve west and a bit north of Montreal. Shortly afterwards the sun burned off the mists and a glorious day began.

Despite appearances, the picture was not converted to monochrome – these are the colours that were present.


  • Aperture: ƒ/10
  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D
  • Taken: 11 September, 2011
  • Exposure bias: -2/3EV
  • Focal length: 45mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/400s
By |2019-08-05T16:59:11-04:00August 11th, 2019|Landscape|0 Comments

Cardinal Flower

Lobelia cardinalis

We first came across this native perennial flower beside a forest stream at Kenauk and were immensely pleased when we discovered it was happy to be cultivated. This specimen lives beside the waterfall in the garden and was not transplanted from the wild. Gorgeous.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 4 August, 2019
  • Focal length: 87.11mm
  • ISO: 800
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s

Note: this is the first “new” posting of an image to this re-invented website – the previous four were taken from the archives for the visitor’s entertainment. 

By |2019-08-04T15:04:48-04:00August 4th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments