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Squirrelworker’s Lunchtime

Getting a Start on the Winter Stores

The Viburnum berries are usually amongst the last fruits eaten by wildlife in the winter months, but this chap had a good session already and it hasn’t even snowed yet.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 4 November, 2019
  • Focal length: 174.93mm
  • ISO: 320
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
By |2019-11-10T08:22:38-05:00November 10th, 2019|mammal|0 Comments

Katsura redux

Golden Hour in the Garden

Whenever this Katsura tree is photographed, it will always look more golden the next day.

One of the few non-native trees we have that we would not replace … beautiful.  These golds are genuine; the photo had some balancing of light and dark to bring out the blue in the sky for the most part but just before the sun goes down this really is the  way the tree looks. Almost as it it has lights inside it that someone has turned on.


  • Aperture: ƒ/10
  • Camera: ILCE-7M2
  • Taken: 20 October, 2019
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 640
  • Shutter speed: 1/60s
By |2019-10-20T17:49:38-04:00October 27th, 2019|garden|0 Comments

Serendipity

Birch Bark with Rowan Berries in the Rain

It’s showery here this Thanksgiving Monday and looking out of the window, as one does, i was struck by the combination of birch tree trunks and golden birch leaves forming a backdrop to a berry-rich rowan tree that has begun to lose it’s leaves, thus revealing the birch. A gorgeous combination – made all the richer in the subdued light of a rainy day – sunshine rarely makes for the best photographs.

BUT – see the picture below.

  • Aperture: ƒ/13
  • Camera: ILCE-7M2
  • Taken: 14 October, 2019
  • Focal length: 75mm
  • ISO: 1250
  • Shutter speed: 1/80s

BUT THEN …

… an hour later the sun appeared and the leaves were lit, seemingly from within. I still prefer the original in the more diffuse lighting as I find this a bit “chocolate-boxy” but what do you think?

Comments below please.


  • Aperture: ƒ/13
  • Camera: ILCE-7M2
  • Taken: 14 October, 2019
  • Exposure bias: +7/10EV
  • Focal length: 105mm
  • ISO: 1250
  • Shutter speed: 1/125s

By |2019-10-14T16:35:13-04:00October 20th, 2019|flowers, garden, light|0 Comments

Cold morning sunlight

Cold sunshine

There were white roofs down the road this morning and a low, bright dawn sunshine illuminating these wild carrot seed-heads. The average day for first, albeit light, snowfall in Montreal is barely a month away.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 5 October, 2019
  • Exposure bias: -7/10EV
  • Focal length: 139.53mm
  • ISO: 640
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
By |2019-10-06T08:13:02-04:00October 6th, 2019|flowers, garden, light|0 Comments

Common Eastern Bumble Bee

Native bee on golden rod

There are a lot of native bees – this one is the Common Eastern Bumble Bee – busy in the garden working the early fall flowers. I find this image quite striking with the bright golden rod flowers in the sun.  No need to get out the macro lenses and tripod for a subject as large as this one.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 10 September, 2019
  • Focal length: 171.89mm
  • ISO: 160
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
By |2019-09-10T11:59:04-04:00September 15th, 2019|garden, INsect|0 Comments