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Bunny’s-eye View #1

Down where the rabbits are

Experimenting with macro flower photography – but with a 12mm ultra-wide lens that has an amazing short focussing distance. Judiciously cropped of course.

This being Easter weekend, this is how flowers look to the Easter Bunny


  • Aperture: ƒ/6.3
  • Camera: ILCE-7M2
  • Taken: 11 April, 2020
  • Exposure bias: -3/10EV
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/125s
By |2020-04-11T17:34:40-04:00April 12th, 2020|flowers, garden|0 Comments

Winter-worn Grasses

Seed Heads at Evening

We have a stand of ornamental grasses in the garden that we leave through the winter as they have seeds for birds and hollow stems for insects to overwinter in. They will be cut down in a few weeks but this evening the low golden light lit up the seed feathers from within. Beautiful.


  • Aperture: ƒ/20
  • Camera: ILCE-7M2
  • Taken: 31 March, 2020
  • Exposure bias: -1.7EV
  • Focal length: 100mm
  • ISO: 125
  • Shutter speed: 1/100s
By |2020-03-31T17:53:37-04:00March 31st, 2020|garden, light|0 Comments

Evening Snowdrops

Spring is here

Every year we wait for the snows to melt around the end of March and for the snowdrops, that have been waiting below, to emerge and start to flower. Every year, I say that I have enough photographs of snowdrops to last a lifetime and then  …  well, in this case, and then glorious warm evening sublight happens and here are the 2020 snowdrops to enjoy.


  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: DSC-RX100
  • Taken: 27 March, 2020
  • Focal length: 10.4mm
  • ISO: 125
  • Shutter speed: 1/400s
By |2020-03-31T17:50:20-04:00March 31st, 2020|flowers, garden|1 Comment

Eastern Cottontail Rabbit

Bunny or Hare?

The rabbit(s) have been around the garden most of the winter, mostly making use of the brush piles etc we provide for them to shelter in. So far they have not nibbled on the bark of our younger trees and shrubs so as far as we know we have not lost anything yet. These Eastern Cottontail Rabbits don’t burrow but make scrapes in the ground to rest in – rather like the European hares do. This pose very much reminds of the famous painting of a hare by Dürer.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 1 March, 2020
  • Exposure bias: +7/10EV
  • Focal length: 220mm
  • ISO: 1000
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
By |2020-03-03T16:13:59-05:00March 8th, 2020|garden, mammal|3 Comments

Pretty Silly Bird

Mourning Dove

Not for nothing are Mourning Doves commonly known as “Dopes” … they are certainly very attractive birds in a muted sort of way but they are quite ridiculously silly birds. As a species their survival tactics seem to be fly very, very fast and if that doesn’t work try to ensure that you have laid and hatched a suitably huge numbers of eggs so that at least one or two from a clutch make it through to the next breeding season.

We often get groups of up to ten or more at dusk sitting around the rim of the heated water bath we keep – all facing out, tails in the water and mutually pooping to add “body” to the water. Silly birds.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 2 February, 2020
  • Focal length: 132.24mm
  • ISO: 250
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
By |2020-02-02T11:46:17-05:00February 2nd, 2020|birds, garden|1 Comment

Squirrel Appreciation Day

Appreciation

The 21 January each year is Squirrel Appreciation Day … a couple of days later this black form gray squirrel came to appreciate the handily accessible berries on a high-bush cranberry tree.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 25 January, 2020
  • Focal length: 87.11mm
  • ISO: 1250
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
By |2020-01-25T15:08:58-05:00January 25th, 2020|garden, mammal|0 Comments

Winter Bluebird

Unexpected Visitors

A small flock of eight Eastern Bluebirds spent 20 miniutes feeding on rowan berries in the garden on a clear, sunny January afternoon with temperatures of -16C (-27C with windchill). They are “supposed” to be far away to the south in warmer places than this. Gorgeous little birds.

More pictures on our other website at sparroworks.ca


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 17 January, 2020
  • Exposure bias: +7/10EV
  • Focal length: 220mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
By |2020-01-17T15:38:25-05:00January 19th, 2020|birds, garden|1 Comment