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Big Bunch of Flowers

New England Asters

This “bunch” of flowers was rescued from an about to be mown roadside last year (we collected a small friend for it yesterday). In the wild it achieved maybe 2 feet in height – this year it is at least twice that. There are a number of forms of this plant which can vary from one foot to six feet tall – what will it achieve in 2021?


  • Aperture: ƒ/11
  • Camera: ILCE-7M2
  • Taken: 9 September, 2020
  • Focal length: 73mm
  • ISO: 500
  • Shutter speed: 1/80s

By |2020-09-11T17:51:12-04:00September 12th, 2020|Baie-D'Urfe, flowers, garden|0 Comments

Coming in to Land

Monarch Butterfly

Coming in to land on New England Aster flowers – the number of Monarch butterflies have been reduced this year – apparently because of weather problems in central Mexico where they over-winter and then prolonged and cold winds from the north in spring that made sure many never made it back north of the Great Lakes. Some got here though and now the return migration has begun.


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By |2020-09-05T12:24:38-04:00September 10th, 2020|Baie-D'Urfe, Butterfly, garden, INsect|0 Comments

Junior Looks for a Snack

Birds are starting to gather and groups and head south before the cold arrives. This was one member of a group of juvenile American Robins (you can tell their age by the spotty chest) that arrived in one of our rowan trees to flop around and snack on a few berries. Scruffy creature.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 1 September, 2020
  • Focal length: 163.85mm
  • ISO: 640
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s

By |2020-09-04T18:39:28-04:00September 9th, 2020|Baie-D'Urfe, birds|0 Comments

Inkcaps

Hare’s Foot Inkcap

Coprinopsis lagopus – popping up form a heap of wood chippings in town. These fruiting bodies (aka: mushrooms) last only a few hours before dissolving into a black ink. The vague resemblance of the young fruit body to the paw of a white rabbit has apparently earned this species it’s common name. Anyway, eye-catching.


  • Aperture: ƒ/1.8
  • Camera: iPhone 8
  • Taken: 3 September, 2020
  • Focal length: 3.99mm
  • ISO: 20
  • Shutter speed: 1/287s

By |2020-09-03T15:52:17-04:00September 8th, 2020|Baie-D'Urfe, fungi|0 Comments

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

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
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