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Milkweed Bugs

Milkweed Bugs

A gathering – no social distancing here – of immature Oncopeltus fasciatus  – Large Milkweed Bugs. Quite an impressive collection – the orange sttod out from a distance and I at first thught I was seeing an unusual flower until I got closer.


  • Aperture: ƒ/1.8
  • Camera: iPhone 8
  • Taken: 3 September, 2020
  • Focal length: 3.99mm
  • ISO: 20
  • Shutter speed: 1/287s
By |2020-09-03T15:52:55-04:00September 7th, 2020|Baie-D'Urfe, INsect|0 Comments

End of the Day

In spring and late summer/autumn there is a ten minute moment at the end of the day when the setting sun shines at a low angle between houses across the street and illuminates the trees in our garden. It’s hard to capture thIs transient effect, but this is close to it. Goes well with a glass of something.


  • Aperture: ƒ/2.4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 4 September, 2020
  • Exposure bias: -7/10EV
  • Focal length: 8.8mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/125s

By |2020-09-05T08:02:37-04:00September 5th, 2020|Baie-D'Urfe, garden, light|0 Comments

Vegetables

The Garden and Orchard at Fritz

The larger-than-it-looks plot beyond the young trees is the Garden at Fritz (the young trees are part of the Orchard at Fritz) is a volunteer scheme to grow vegetables for local food banks.  When I am not taking photographs that often where you will find me – a therapeutic and useful activity for older people … younger people too if they would like to join us but sadly, they for the most part (there are exceptions) are not interested in helping the less fortunate members of the community. At least not if it means getting their hands dirty.


  • Aperture: ƒ/1.8
  • Camera: iPhone 8
  • Taken: 27 August, 2020
  • Focal length: 3.99mm
  • ISO: 20
  • Shutter speed: 1/296s

By |2020-08-31T16:50:56-04:00September 4th, 2020|Baie-D'Urfe, Landscape, vegetables|0 Comments

Early Morning Book

Cooling Down

Very early morning beside the river – this town gets lots of sweaty joggers, with or without dogs, which is fine but where’;s the fun?  This young lady plodded past me and then plonked down on the distant bench beside the river to read book – a much better lifestyle balance I think. Reward for effort.


  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: ILCE-7M2
  • Taken: 28 August, 2020
  • Focal length: 35mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/125s

By |2020-08-31T16:44:13-04:00September 3rd, 2020|Baie-D'Urfe, Landscape, people|0 Comments

Forested Field

Maybe a century ago this was cleared farmland as the collapsed dry-stone wall in the foreground indicates. Now it has reverted to typical mixed forest of the region – full of birds and interesting creatures.


  • Aperture: ƒ/2.8
  • Camera: DSC-RX100
  • Taken: 28 August, 2020
  • Focal length: 14.93mm
  • ISO: 160
  • Shutter speed: 1/50s

By |2020-08-31T16:39:23-04:00September 2nd, 2020|arboretum, Landscape|0 Comments

Fall is getting Closer

Rescued

Last year we rescued this wild New England Aster from a nearby roadside just before the verge was cut down to ground level. Planted in the lawn it got its roots down and flowered at just below waist height – about where they usually reach. This year its flowers are level with my eyes so I guess it likes its new home.

A late flowering native plant, attractive to insects but a sign that summer is winding down at last. Still hot out there but fall is not many weeks away.


  • Aperture: ƒ/11
  • Camera: DSC-RX100
  • Taken: 22 August, 2020
  • Focal length: 10.4mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/30s
By |2020-08-27T10:59:55-04:00August 31st, 2020|Baie-D'Urfe, flowers, garden|0 Comments

Memory Sunday #12

Chiracahua Sky Island

Some fourteen years or so ago we visited southern Arizona and took the opportunity to walk up the Chiracahua “Sky Island” in search of birds. These mountains rise from the hot desert floor but as you ascend the climate changes, the air is cooler and every 200 or so feet of height gained puts you into habitat typical of other parts of the continent – at the summit the wildlife and vegetation is closer to that of Canada than the southern deserts. This was the view from the summit … I recall that is Mexico in the distance.


  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: Canon EOS 20D
  • Taken: 17 April, 2006
  • Exposure bias: -1/3EV
  • Focal length: 275mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/500s

By |2020-08-30T07:06:12-04:00August 30th, 2020|Landscape|0 Comments
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