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St-Ives 2019

Great Ouse River, St-Ives

The Quayside in St-Ives, Cambridgeshire on a cloudy day in May with interesting light and clouds.

The bridge from which the picture was taken is a medieval construction built in 1425, later blown up by Cromwell (a son of the town) before being rebuilt in 1716 … during the intervening years a drawbridge connected the two halves. We have morris-danced on the Quayside in years past.

In other words, this bridge is older than Canada.


[Taken with an iPhone-8]

By |2020-01-25T22:54:20-05:00January 26th, 2020|England, Landscape|0 Comments

Squirrel Appreciation Day

Appreciation

The 21 January each year is Squirrel Appreciation Day … a couple of days later this black form gray squirrel came to appreciate the handily accessible berries on a high-bush cranberry tree.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 25 January, 2020
  • Focal length: 87.11mm
  • ISO: 1250
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
By |2020-01-25T15:08:58-05:00January 25th, 2020|garden, mammal|0 Comments

Winter Bluebird

Unexpected Visitors

A small flock of eight Eastern Bluebirds spent 20 miniutes feeding on rowan berries in the garden on a clear, sunny January afternoon with temperatures of -16C (-27C with windchill). They are “supposed” to be far away to the south in warmer places than this. Gorgeous little birds.

More pictures on our other website at sparroworks.ca


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 17 January, 2020
  • Exposure bias: +7/10EV
  • Focal length: 220mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
By |2020-01-17T15:38:25-05:00January 19th, 2020|birds, garden|1 Comment

Winter Sculpture

Seed-head under snow

As well as benefiting birds by providing seeds for food, leaving seed-heads to stand through the winter enables snow to form delightful “sculptures” for us to enjoy.  A few months ago this was an  inflorescence on a wild, carrot plant that was abuzz with insects.


  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: ILCE-7M2
  • Taken: 8 January, 2020
  • Exposure bias: +7/10EV
  • Focal length: 105mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
By |2020-01-08T12:55:07-05:00January 8th, 2020|plants, Seasons|0 Comments

River in January

Snow on the water

The confluence of the St-Lawrence and Ouatouais Rivers at Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue early in January with a light snowfall obscuring the Ile-aux-Tortes bridge carrying the Trans-Canada Highway. Cold.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4.9
  • Camera: DSC-RX100
  • Taken: 6 January, 2020
  • Exposure bias: +7/10EV
  • Focal length: 37.1mm
  • ISO: 160
  • Shutter speed: 1/800s
By |2020-01-06T11:55:23-05:00January 6th, 2020|Landscape, Seasons|1 Comment
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