Changes are Coming

Merging Websites

I have run this photography-focussed website in parallel to my main web journal at https://sparroworks.ca for some years. After months of dithering and experimenting I have decided to reduce the time it takes and to merge the two sites. From this weekend I will be posting the minimal text, featured photographs on the other site alongside occasional articles about wildlife and gardening for wildlife. There is considerable overlap in subject matter anyway..

This site won’t go away, You can still come here for a gentle browse through the archives if you wish.

For those of you who have subscribed to this site (thank you) and who receive a weekly digest of new posts in your email on a Sunday I would like to invite you to subscribe to the Journal (unless you already do, of course). You can do that via the following link … and thanks for your interest.

https://sparroworks.ca/newsletter/


By |2021-08-07T22:23:27-04:00August 7th, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe, birds, garden|0 Comments

Cracking Hummer

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

I have been lurking near these flowers for several days while Hummers come and go before I can grab the camera. Perseverance works – finally nailed it today as this fellow stayed long enough for his portrait to be taken and allowed retime to fiddle with the camera settings too. Feeling quite proud of this one if I do say so myself ;)

The flowers are Mexican Cigar Plants (Kuphea sp.) and seem to be even more of a Hummingbird magnet than even Monarda.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 1 August, 2021
  • Focal length: 124.94000246396mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s

By |2021-08-01T16:42:26-04:00August 1st, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe, birds, garden|0 Comments

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
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