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Fruit Season

Four pictures for the price of one today. The berries on the Amelanchier canadensis tree have started to ripen and are being eagerly devoured by the garden residents. Cedar Waxwings have been occasional visitors, American Robins have been almost constantly seen and then we have a tree-climbing Eastern Chipmunk and a juvenile male Northern Cardinal. Lots of nutrition for the natives.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 27 June, 2020
  • Focal length: 220mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s

By |2020-06-27T17:41:24-04:00June 30th, 2020|birds, mammal|0 Comments

Cottonwood Dagger Moth

At the weekend this splendid and rather large (the wingspan is 40–50 mm) moth appeared on the deck and was being attacked by a Chipping Sparrow. So large is the moth that even if the sparrow had won the battle it would have not been able to eat it … which is perhaps why a friend came to assist. In moving to get the camera I disturbed the birds and they flew away leaving the moth still alive but less than happy with life. Later in the day it expired.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 27 June, 2020
  • Focal length: 219.82mm
  • ISO: 1250
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s

By |2020-06-27T14:25:05-04:00June 29th, 2020|garden, INsect|0 Comments

Memory Sunday #4

Midnight Sun

A few years ago we spent a fabulous couple of weeks touring Iceland and birding, finding wonderful arctic plants and drinking really expensive beer. This photograph was taken near midnight in the very far north of Iceland just outside Akureyri.


  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: ILCE-7M2
  • Taken: 4 July, 2015
  • Focal length: 35mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/125s

By |2020-06-25T12:42:19-04:00June 28th, 2020|Landscape, light|0 Comments

After the Rain

“Luvverly Drop O’Rain”

Apparently we have had only about one month’s rain in the past three months and the last few weeks have been abnormally dry and hot. A couple days ago they forecast the possibility of some showers but what we got was a drenching storm … so much appreciated.

Here is a part of the no-mow lawn (the “mead”) looking at it’s best under a torrential downpour. You can see why the wildlife likes living here with us … not your typical suburbia.


  • Aperture: ƒ/2.8
  • Camera: ILCE-7M2
  • Taken: 23 June, 2020
  • Focal length: 35mm
  • ISO: 320
  • Shutter speed: 1/60s
By |2020-06-26T07:25:11-04:00June 26th, 2020|garden, Landscape|0 Comments

Scrumping

Fruit Thief

The berries on the Amelanchier trees are starting to move towards ripeness with the appearance of some red colouration and that means the American Robins are moving in for a feast. When I was a youngster in Yorkshire, going onto some property and stealing fruit from their trees, mostly apples, was known in the dialect as “scrumping” – seems the tradition is still with us.


  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 23 June, 2020
  • Exposure bias: +7/10EV
  • Focal length: 51.14mm
  • ISO: 1600
  • Shutter speed: 1/100s

By |2020-06-23T12:39:38-04:00June 25th, 2020|birds|0 Comments

Clover Time

Summer Flowers in the Mead

After the spring flowers on the uncut lawn area (the mead) we are now beginning to see the appearance of summer grassland flowers – including four species of clovers.

Why would anyone have a mown lawn and miss these pleasures?


  • Aperture: ƒ/11
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 21 June, 2020
  • Focal length: 8.8mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/30s

By |2020-06-21T15:36:02-04:00June 24th, 2020|flowers, garden|0 Comments

High Summer Flowers

Poppies

Mid-summer’s Day and we were out in the sun, dripping wet searching for birds (successfully) when we passed this garden along Cemetery Lane. Can’t get more high summer than this.


  • Aperture: ƒ/9
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 21 June, 2020
  • Exposure bias: -3/10EV
  • Focal length: 43.48mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/125s

By |2020-06-21T12:37:18-04:00June 23rd, 2020|flowers, Seasons|0 Comments

Mid-Summer Sunset

Golden Light

Three years ago a group of Arboretum volunteers created the “Canada 150 Trail” to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the creation of Canada.Quite by chance it was found this year that the Birch Alley that forms part of the trail is directly oriented towards the setting sun for the few days around mid-summer’s day, the Summer Equinox.

Absolutely NO adjustments to the colour saturation was made in preparing these photographs – these colours are what our eyes saw. Well, what oour eyes saw through the clouds of ravenous mosquitoes, that is ;)


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: ILCE-7M2
  • Taken: 19 June, 2020
  • Exposure bias: -7/10EV
  • Focal length: 65mm
  • ISO: 250
  • Shutter speed: 1/80s

By |2020-06-20T12:10:55-04:00June 22nd, 2020|arboretum, Landscape, light|0 Comments

Memory Sunday #3

Kenauk – Early Morning

For the first 16 or so years we were in Canada we would rent Chalet Hidden at Kenauk for a few lakeside days of peace, quiet and trout fishing in early September. It was, probably still is, a magical place and we only stopped going because we felt it was best to leave with the best memories intact … though maybe one day (if we save up enough) we will return. half the land is now owned by the Nature Conservancy of Canada while the vacationing is in the hands of a private company that markets itself to very rich people.

Anyway, in front of the cabin was a stream running from a waterfall into the big lake – early one misty morning I wandered along the peninsula this juncture made and looking back saw the line of trees holding separate the mist on the lake with clear air over the stream to the right. Always a favourite picture. Taking canoes out on the lake to fish or to watch beavers at work and listen to Loons calling are memories to hold on to.

Click here to see a “movie” of the lakeside where this image was taken and inside the cabin

Click here to get a video taster of Kenauk as a whole – it’s about two hours from home


By |2020-06-17T18:08:21-04:00June 21st, 2020|Landscape|0 Comments