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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

Vegetables

The Garden and Orchard at Fritz

The larger-than-it-looks plot beyond the young trees is the Garden at Fritz (the young trees are part of the Orchard at Fritz) is a volunteer scheme to grow vegetables for local food banks.  When I am not taking photographs that often where you will find me – a therapeutic and useful activity for older people … younger people too if they would like to join us but sadly, they for the most part (there are exceptions) are not interested in helping the less fortunate members of the community. At least not if it means getting their hands dirty.


  • Aperture: ƒ/1.8
  • Camera: iPhone 8
  • Taken: 27 August, 2020
  • Focal length: 3.99mm
  • ISO: 20
  • Shutter speed: 1/296s

By |2020-08-31T16:50:56-04:00September 4th, 2020|Baie-D'Urfe, Landscape, vegetables|0 Comments

Early Morning Book

Cooling Down

Very early morning beside the river – this town gets lots of sweaty joggers, with or without dogs, which is fine but where’;s the fun?  This young lady plodded past me and then plonked down on the distant bench beside the river to read book – a much better lifestyle balance I think. Reward for effort.


  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: ILCE-7M2
  • Taken: 28 August, 2020
  • Focal length: 35mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/125s

By |2020-08-31T16:44:13-04:00September 3rd, 2020|Baie-D'Urfe, Landscape, people|0 Comments

Dawn on the Bay

Early morning driving east along the edge of the bay in town I happened on this glorious scene. I feel I have not done full justice to it as I only had my iPhone with me and no proper camera, but for all that I am quite pleased with the result.


I shared this image with the town’s community Facebook group and, to my surprise, I started getting enquiries about obtaining prints – in one case, someone was wondering even asking about a jigsaw made from the photo.

Anyway – I don’t do photography to make money (always open to offers, of course) so I set up an easy way for you to download FREE copies – maybe I thought someone here might be interested too? Head over to https://sparroworks.ca/product/baie-durfe-morning/ and have a look. All free other than some minor copyright restrictions about personal use only.


  • Aperture: ƒ/1.8
  • Camera: iPhone 8
  • Taken: 27 August, 2020
  • Exposure bias: -2EV
  • Focal length: 3.99mm
  • ISO: 20
  • Shutter speed: 1/12048s

By |2020-08-30T07:16:52-04:00August 28th, 2020|Baie-D'Urfe, Landscape|0 Comments

Memory Sunday #11

Dawn on the Lake

Kenauk again, and a few years ago. Early September – the sun was rising across the mist-shrouded lake. The disc was still hidden behind the trees on either side of a channel through to the main Lac Papineau and for just a couple of minutes this happened.


  • Aperture: ƒ/10
  • Camera: Canon EOS 20D
  • Taken: 14 September, 2007
  • Exposure bias: -1/3EV
  • Focal length: 100mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/400s

By |2020-08-20T15:59:23-04:00August 23rd, 2020|Landscape, light|0 Comments

Red Chair

After Parks Canada

Parks Canada have a “thing” about placing a red Adirondack chair in national parks at suitable viewpoints. This one is at the back of the milkweed garden in Baie-D’Urfé … not quite a national park but relaxing for all that.

Milkweed nearest the camera, a line of golden rod and then spires of indian grass


  • Aperture: ƒ/6.3
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 16 August, 2020
  • Focal length: 51.14mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/160s

By |2020-08-17T10:08:58-04:00August 19th, 2020|Baie-D'Urfe, Landscape|0 Comments

Memory Sunday #10

Loch Arienas

This valley just north of Ardtornish on the (very) west coast of Scotland is a wonderful place to walk with deer, abandoned villages and Golden Eagles overhead. This view in particular strikes me as being very “Victorian” and I expected to see Buchan’s John Macnab in his tweeds coming towards me.


  • Aperture: ƒ/3.5
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 22 September, 2016
  • Focal length: 28.91mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/160s

By |2020-08-15T15:45:31-04:00August 16th, 2020|Landscape, Scotland|0 Comments

Community Centre with Flowers

I usually cringe at the sight of neon-bright “parks floral arrangements” but in mid summer it works quite well in front of the town’s Fritz Farm community centre.


  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: DSC-RX100
  • Taken: 5 August, 2020
  • Focal length: 14.23mm
  • ISO: 125
  • Shutter speed: 1/500s

By |2020-08-05T12:17:38-04:00August 8th, 2020|Baie-D'Urfe, flowers|0 Comments

Time for Some Music

After the storm …

A few days ago we saw the passage through this area of what started down in the Carolinas as a Tropical Cyclone – bringing high winds and prolonged and torrential rain. The next day, a friend (professional French Hornist) was in the town bandstand rehearsing with colleagues. Added to our morning constitutional.


  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: DSC-RX100
  • Taken: 5 August, 2020
  • Focal length: 20.41mm
  • ISO: 125
  • Shutter speed: 1/640s

By |2020-08-07T08:20:56-04:00August 7th, 2020|Landscape|0 Comments
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