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Changes are Coming

Merging Websites

I have run this photography-focussed website in parallel to my main web journal at https://sparroworks.ca for some years. After months of dithering and experimenting it is time to make changes. Henceforth I will be posting the blog-style, minimal text, featured photographs that have appeared here on the other site alongside occasional articles about wildlife and gardening for wildlife. There is considerable overlap in subject matter anyway..

This site won’t go away, though. You can still come here for a gentle browse through the archives if you wish. It will reappear later this year in the form of a gallery of thematic albums. There are design features to be considered.

For those of you who have subscribed to this site (thank you) and who receive a weekly digest of new posts in your email on a Sunday I would like to invite you to subscribe to the Journal (unless you already do, of course). You can do that via the following link … and thanks for your interest.

https://sparroworks.ca/newsletter/


By |2021-10-22T12:19:52-04:00August 7th, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe, birds, garden|0 Comments

Cracking Hummer

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

I have been lurking near these flowers for several days while Hummers come and go before I can grab the camera. Perseverance works – finally nailed it today as this fellow stayed long enough for his portrait to be taken and allowed retime to fiddle with the camera settings too. Feeling quite proud of this one if I do say so myself ;)

The flowers are Mexican Cigar Plants (Kuphea sp.) and seem to be even more of a Hummingbird magnet than even Monarda.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 1 August, 2021
  • Focal length: 124.94000246396mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s

By |2021-08-01T16:42:26-04:00August 1st, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe, birds, garden|0 Comments

Great Spangled Fritillary

To help with the Nature Conservancy Of Canada five nation; “Bioblitz” we spent some time in Arboretum identifying species … this was one of the stars. Their caterpillars grow on wild violets on the edges of woodland.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 30 July, 2021
  • Focal length: 174.9299926308mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
By |2021-07-30T17:52:56-04:00July 30th, 2021|arboretum, Butterfly|0 Comments

Monarch on Echinacea

Monarch Butterfly

Monarch’s exploit many plants, not only milkweed. This specimen had just been laying eggs on milkweed leaves and had moved over to this Echinacea to stocky up on nectar.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 24 July, 2021
  • Exposure bias: -7/10EV
  • Focal length: 105.83000183385mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/640s
By |2021-07-24T17:01:19-04:00July 24th, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe, Butterfly, garden, INsect|0 Comments

Squash Bee

Pollination

A pair of bumble bees at work inside a male squash flower – hopefully they will later find themselves in a female flower and be able to put the pollen to good use.


  • Aperture: ƒ/2.5
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 21 July, 2021
  • Focal length: 8.8400001525879mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/100s

By |2021-07-21T16:51:09-04:00July 21st, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe, garden, INsect, vegetables|0 Comments
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