Monarch on Echinacea

Monarch Butterfly

Monarch’s exploit many plants, not only milkweed. This specimen had just been laying eggs on milkweed leaves and had moved over to this Echinacea to stocky up on nectar.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 24 July, 2021
  • Exposure bias: -7/10EV
  • Focal length: 105.83000183385mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/640s
By |2021-07-24T17:01:19-04:00July 24th, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe, Butterfly, garden, INsect|0 Comments

Squash Bee

Pollination

A pair of bumble bees at work inside a male squash flower – hopefully they will later find themselves in a female flower and be able to put the pollen to good use.


  • Aperture: ƒ/2.5
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 21 July, 2021
  • Focal length: 8.8400001525879mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/100s

By |2021-07-21T16:51:09-04:00July 21st, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe, garden, INsect, vegetables|0 Comments

Face-off …

Weevil Wasp

Facing off on the flowers of a wild carrot plant with an ant. Who will back down first?

I had some difficulty identifying this fellow but with a little external assistance pinned it down as a ‘Weevil Wasp’ … a future contributor to the 1000 Species Project when I have done some more reading up on them.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 10 July, 2021
  • Focal length: 167.97999565123mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/800s

By |2021-07-12T14:22:39-04:00July 10th, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe, garden, INsect|0 Comments

A Wet Summer’s Evening

Interesting Light in the Garden

Photographers often sing the praises of “the golden hour” at sunset or “the blue hour” just after and they are worth making use of. However, I often find that to my eye, maybe not yours, the really interesting light is in the middle of a heavy shower of rain when there are no shadows, the light is diffused and the colours of flowers positively glow.


  • Aperture: ƒ/3.2
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Exposure bias: -7/10EV
  • Focal length: 14.7mm
  • ISO: 1250
  • Shutter speed: 1/40s

By |2021-07-08T20:13:31-04:00July 8th, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe, garden, light|0 Comments

Blue Jay

Handsome Fellow

Blue Jays are far from being the rarest birds around but they always stand out from the crowd.

I was particularly pleased with the feather detail and the glint in the bird’s eye in this photograph which was taken from the opposite side of the garden, so some considerable distance.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 10 June, 2021
  • Focal length: 219.75999450474mm
  • ISO: 125
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
By |2021-06-13T08:23:21-04:00June 13th, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe, birds|0 Comments

Plant Portrait – Rosa glauca

Rosa glauca

Once known as Rosa rubrifolia … the flowers only appear for about a week but the hips at the end of the year are enormous.

R. glauca is a species rose, which is to say that the variety is unchanged from its original form in the wild. It is native to Europe and thrives in mountainous regions and in climates as frigid as Zone 2


  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: DSC-RX100
  • Taken: 2 June, 2021
  • Focal length: 10.4mm
  • ISO: 125
  • Shutter speed: 1/160s

By |2021-06-06T12:27:44-04:00June 5th, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe, flowers, garden|0 Comments
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