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An Ancient Lakeshore

Once there was the sea …

A few thousand years ago as the last age was melting, what is now Montreal was mostly at the bottom of a huge sea. Gradually the water levels fell and islands appeared. This bank was once a lakeshore shelving down into the water and this forest is now growing on what was once a sandy beach.

This seashore is in the Arboretum.


  • Aperture: ƒ/2.5
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 16 September, 2020
  • Exposure bias: -3/10EV
  • Focal length: 8.8mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/80s
By |2020-09-18T11:08:33-04:00September 18th, 2020|arboretum, Landscape, trees|2 Comments

“What happened … !!!”

Bleeding Fairy Helmets

On a bit of a fungus  thing at the moment – spent a happy couple of hours in the Arboretum with 25+ species of fungi waving their reproductive organs at us. These are very small and delicate and we just love the common name.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 12 August, 2020
  • Exposure bias: -3/10EV
  • Focal length: 212.77mm
  • ISO: 1600
  • Shutter speed: 1/160s

By |2020-08-12T15:11:53-04:00August 15th, 2020|amphibians, fungi|0 Comments

Field Research

Gender Distinction

I rarely post pictures of people whom I don’t know – these two were working in a field at the arboretum. The chap was doing the technical stuff – that’s a tape measure he is waving about – while the girl was dutifully following behind with a clipboard noting down his observations. Had to smile.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 12 August, 2020
  • Focal length: 219.33mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/400s
By |2020-08-12T15:04:15-04:00August 13th, 2020|arboretum, people|0 Comments

Rich Habitat

Mossy Log

When people fell trees and then chip them to make the place look tidy they lose the opportunity to leave a beautiful mossy log to decay and provide habitat for fungi and insects and the small creatures that eat them.

They look nice too.


  • Aperture: ƒ/9
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 22 July, 2020
  • Focal length: 32.39mm
  • ISO: 1250
  • Shutter speed: 1/100s
By |2020-08-06T16:32:27-04:00August 6th, 2020|arboretum|0 Comments
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