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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

Pause Awhile

Arboretum – Main Trail

The arboretum has a number of memorial benches (good fund raiser) – on hot days they can be exceptionally welcome to the walkers passing by.  This one is in the middle of the oldest (maple) sugar bush on Montreal island.

  • Aperture: ƒ/3.5
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 22 July, 2020
  • Exposure bias: -3/10EV
  • Focal length: 30.5mm
  • ISO: 250
  • Shutter speed: 1/100s
By |2020-07-23T14:13:29-04:00July 28th, 2020|arboretum, trees|0 Comments

White-tailed Deer


We happened upon this well-nourished deer in the arboretum a day or two ago and spent a few minutes staring at each other. It knew we were there but apart from showing a little caution it didn’t really seem unduly worried.

  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 7 July, 2020
  • Focal length: 83.9mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/320s

By |2020-07-07T14:54:43-04:00July 11th, 2020|arboretum, mammal|0 Comments

Mid-Summer Sunset

Golden Light

Three years ago a group of Arboretum volunteers created the “Canada 150 Trail” to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the creation of Canada.Quite by chance it was found this year that the Birch Alley that forms part of the trail is directly oriented towards the setting sun for the few days around mid-summer’s day, the Summer Equinox.

Absolutely NO adjustments to the colour saturation was made in preparing these photographs – these colours are what our eyes saw. Well, what oour eyes saw through the clouds of ravenous mosquitoes, that is ;)

  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: ILCE-7M2
  • Taken: 19 June, 2020
  • Exposure bias: -7/10EV
  • Focal length: 65mm
  • ISO: 250
  • Shutter speed: 1/80s

By |2020-06-20T12:10:55-04:00June 22nd, 2020|arboretum, Landscape, light|0 Comments
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