Cold Rain on Cold Snow

Nearly the end of March and the snow is gradually fading away but today overnight freezing rain was followed by much plain, old wet rain. On the other hand, this tree was standing tall and caught the eye.

  • Aperture: ƒ/1.6
  • Camera: iPhone 13
  • Taken: 23 March, 2023
  • Exposure bias: -113/128EV
  • Focal length: 5.1mm
  • ISO: 32
  • Shutter speed: 1/2967s
By |2023-03-23T16:25:30-04:00March 23rd, 2023|Baie-D'Urfe, Landscape, trees, weather|0 Comments

Looking north – soon be spring

Needing some exercise I went down by the river – this is looking north-east along the St-Lawrence into Baie-D’Urfé with the temperature just a couple of degrees above zero and the very slow start of a very slow thaw. Willows along the shore are shining with their late winter golden bark.

  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: LEICA Q2
  • Taken: 13 March, 2023
  • Exposure bias: +1/2EV
  • Focal length: 28mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/640s
By |2023-03-13T15:20:55-04:00March 13th, 2023|Baie-D'Urfe, Landscape, trees|0 Comments


It will a few weeks yet, the buds of the Magnolia tree that is touchable from the front door step will release huge flowers come spring. Even now, in a quiet way, they are enjoyable to look at.

  • Aperture: ƒ/2.8
  • Camera: LEICA Q2
  • Taken: 25 February, 2023
  • Exposure bias: +3/10EV
  • Focal length: 28mm
  • ISO: 160
  • Shutter speed: 1/2000s

By |2023-02-25T12:13:37-05:00February 25th, 2023|Baie-D'Urfe, flowers, garden, trees|0 Comments

Minus Twenty

Out this morning doing birdy things at -20C windchill. Mad, yes perhaps but we enjoy it. This tree is on the entrance road to the Arboretum and I have photographed it several times over the years but this is the best, I think. Nothing wrong with my older cameras, nothing at all, but this new one finds colours and details the others can’t really manage. Great 3-D effect too.

  • Aperture: ƒ/4.5
  • Camera: LEICA Q2
  • Exposure bias: +3/5EV
  • Focal length: 28mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/320s

By |2023-02-23T14:10:40-05:00February 23rd, 2023|arboretum, Landscape, Montreal, trees|0 Comments


Sambucus canadensis

Canadian Elder … or whatever common name happens to be used in the area you happen to be

** For anyone interested in photography, this image was composed from seven separate photographs at different stacked focus planes to achieve without any out of focus features
. Some of the new computer tools are simply remarkable.

Two days later Day (1 April, but this is real) – welcome to Canadian spring

  • Aperture: ƒ/4.5
  • Camera: ILCE-7M2
  • Focal length: 100mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/160s

By |2021-04-01T11:38:05-04:00March 30th, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe, garden, plants, trees|0 Comments
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