Blue Jay

Handsome Fellow

Blue Jays are far from being the rarest birds around but they always stand out from the crowd.

I was particularly pleased with the feather detail and the glint in the bird’s eye in this photograph which was taken from the opposite side of the garden, so some considerable distance.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 10 June, 2021
  • Focal length: 219.75999450474mm
  • ISO: 125
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
By |2021-06-13T08:23:21-04:00June 13th, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe, birds|0 Comments

Plant Portrait – Rosa glauca

Rosa glauca

Once known as Rosa rubrifolia … the flowers only appear for about a week but the hips at the end of the year are enormous.

R. glauca is a species rose, which is to say that the variety is unchanged from its original form in the wild. It is native to Europe and thrives in mountainous regions and in climates as frigid as Zone 2


  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: DSC-RX100
  • Taken: 2 June, 2021
  • Focal length: 10.4mm
  • ISO: 125
  • Shutter speed: 1/160s

By |2021-06-06T12:27:44-04:00June 5th, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe, flowers, garden|0 Comments

Meet Scurry the Squirrel

Head Squirrel of the Garden Clean-up Team

Scurry the Squirrel – because he scurries and he is an Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) and with a genus like Sciurius naming him Scurry just fits.

Despite being black(ish) he/she is nevertheless a Gray Squirrel, as are the rather less common cream coloured forms.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 11 May, 2021
  • Focal length: 219.82000757863mm
  • ISO: 320
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
By |2021-05-11T16:31:50-04:00May 11th, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe, garden, mammal|2 Comments
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