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Winter-worn Grasses

Seed Heads at Evening

We have a stand of ornamental grasses in the garden that we leave through the winter as they have seeds for birds and hollow stems for insects to overwinter in. They will be cut down in a few weeks but this evening the low golden light lit up the seed feathers from within. Beautiful.


  • Aperture: ƒ/20
  • Camera: ILCE-7M2
  • Taken: 31 March, 2020
  • Exposure bias: -1.7EV
  • Focal length: 100mm
  • ISO: 125
  • Shutter speed: 1/100s
By |2020-03-31T17:53:37-04:00March 31st, 2020|garden, light|0 Comments

Evening Snowdrops

Spring is here

Every year we wait for the snows to melt around the end of March and for the snowdrops, that have been waiting below, to emerge and start to flower. Every year, I say that I have enough photographs of snowdrops to last a lifetime and then  …  well, in this case, and then glorious warm evening sublight happens and here are the 2020 snowdrops to enjoy.


  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: DSC-RX100
  • Taken: 27 March, 2020
  • Focal length: 10.4mm
  • ISO: 125
  • Shutter speed: 1/400s
By |2020-03-31T17:50:20-04:00March 31st, 2020|flowers, garden|1 Comment

MOTUS Tower

This old windmill water pump has been repurposed and now holds some high tech equipment for tracking migrating birds that have been fitted with responders – modern bird banding


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 19 March, 2020
  • Exposure bias: +7/10EV
  • Focal length: 39.42mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/500s
By |2020-03-19T12:10:32-04:00March 19th, 2020|Landscape|0 Comments

Eastern Cottontail Rabbit

Bunny or Hare?

The rabbit(s) have been around the garden most of the winter, mostly making use of the brush piles etc we provide for them to shelter in. So far they have not nibbled on the bark of our younger trees and shrubs so as far as we know we have not lost anything yet. These Eastern Cottontail Rabbits don’t burrow but make scrapes in the ground to rest in – rather like the European hares do. This pose very much reminds of the famous painting of a hare by Dürer.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 1 March, 2020
  • Exposure bias: +7/10EV
  • Focal length: 220mm
  • ISO: 1000
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
By |2020-03-03T16:13:59-05:00March 8th, 2020|garden, mammal|3 Comments

Birch Alley

Paper Birch Tree

In the arboretum there is a long line of birch trees originally collected from each of the Canadian provinces and territories. Ostensibly all the same species they exhibit interesting differences.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 7 March, 2020
  • Exposure bias: +7/10EV
  • Focal length: 38.04mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/320s
By |2020-03-07T14:29:40-05:00March 7th, 2020|arboretum, Seasons, trees|0 Comments
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