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Memory Sunday #2

Seen from the Bothy

Almost four years ago we spent a couple of weeks in one of the remoter parts of the west coast of Scotland (than which there is no finer) with good friends. An hour or two’s walk up a trail into the hills from where we were staying there was a well maintained bothy where we found shelter from the wind in order to take a bite of lunch. This view from the window of the bothy has become a firm favourite of mine and is the permanent banner on my other website (sparroworks.ca) and my Facebook page.. Shame about the plastic bottle – that came with the property ;)

Good memories.


  • Aperture: ƒ/9
  • Camera: ILCE-7M2
  • Taken: 11 September, 2016
  • Exposure bias: -3/10EV
  • Focal length: 35mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s

By |2020-06-13T14:51:28-04:00June 14th, 2020|Landscape, Scotland|0 Comments

Rosa glauca

Rosa glauca (formerly R. rubrifolia)

We planted three of these roses in the garden a couple of decades ago. One didn’t last long, crowded out by encroaching dogwoods. Two are still with us but overshadowed and so the leaves and flowers are quite high on bare stems. This chap was planted in the front by an ambitious squirrel and after several years of slow growth is now making a good living.

The flowers come only once and last a bare week but are quite gorgeous. The seed-containing hips are apparently some of the biggest of any rose and a red/orange delight in the fall. really though the rose is grown for its beautiful foliage. It is native to the mountains of central and southern Europe, from Spanish Pyrenees east to Bulgaria, and north to Germany and Poland.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4.5
  • Camera: ILCE-7M2
  • Taken: 10 June, 2020
  • Focal length: 97mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/125s

By |2020-06-10T15:05:49-04:00June 13th, 2020|flowers, garden|0 Comments

Vegetables

High Productivity

This is a small part of one of the three newly installed raised vegetable beds we are experimenting with this year – dense plantings of tatsoi, mizuma, aubergines, roquette.

Elsewhere peppers, tomatoes, carrots, chard, peas, bunching onions and few other good things. Coming though just now are germinating bush beans.

Planned succession is the secret.


  • Aperture: ƒ/3.5
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 9 June, 2020
  • Focal length: 31.33mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/125s
By |2020-06-12T10:25:19-04:00June 12th, 2020|garden, vegetables|0 Comments

Yellow Flag Iris

Nice but Undesirable

A gorgeous flower just appearing in a constraining planter on the edge of the garden pond. This is a good place for them to be but they are not natives on this continent and if they get out into the wild they form dense mats on the edges of waterways that crowd all the other riverside/lakeside plants that would otherwise be flourishing there.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 8 June, 2020
  • Focal length: 198.21mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/320s
By |2020-06-13T14:49:41-04:00June 11th, 2020|flowers, garden|0 Comments

Anemone canadensis


Native Anemone

Quite a spreading clump of these lovely late spring/early summer shade-tolerant anemones hiding in a corner of the garden

  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 9 June, 2020
  • Focal length: 58.29mm
  • ISO: 320
  • Shutter speed: 1/160s

By |2020-06-10T11:26:39-04:00June 10th, 2020|flowers, garden, Landscape|0 Comments

Forest Apiery


Entering the Arboretum there is a small apiary off to one side of the road which is now well hidden in long grasses and surrounding trees. Long ago in England I kept bees as a hobby and I always like to check out hives when I pass them. Peaceful places.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 7 June, 2020
  • Exposure bias: -3/10EV
  • Focal length: 64.84mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/200s

By |2020-06-07T15:21:31-04:00June 9th, 2020|arboretum, INsect|0 Comments

Back to the Arboretum

Been a long time

Although the Arboretum has been “tolerating” visitors during the viral shutdown period as the entry could not be manned we have held back from visiting in the hope that the world would leave the place in peace. They didn’t. Harrumph. However it is now open again to members only and although it will be a day or two before we have time to wander around I dropped by for a token ten minutes this afternoon. This is Pines Field just outside the entrance and full of bird song.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 7 June, 2020
  • Focal length: 8.8mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/400s
By |2020-06-08T09:42:40-04:00June 8th, 2020|arboretum, Landscape, trees|0 Comments

Memory Sunday No. 1

England 2019 – Making friends

Henceforth, as a general editorial rule, the Sunday image will be something I particularly like from times past. Memory Sunday.

These lovely cows lived in a Berkshire field and wandered over to chew the cud with me one sunny afternoon on May 2019 when we last visited England.

  • Aperture: ƒ/2.8
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 12 May, 2019
  • Focal length: 12.33mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/125s

By |2020-06-07T10:58:50-04:00June 7th, 2020|England, Landscape, mammal|0 Comments

Refreshment

Chipping Sparrow Bathing

I was wandering the garden trying to photograph a beautiful Eastern Black Swallowtail butterfly that refused to settle on anything, when this smart fellow took a bath.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 4 June, 2020
  • Focal length: 220mm
  • ISO: 640
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s

By |2020-06-07T11:08:03-04:00June 5th, 2020|birds|0 Comments