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Down the Path

A short path connecting our road to the neighbouring one – pleasant strolling


  • Aperture: ƒ/4.5
  • Camera: DSC-RX100
  • Taken: 4 June, 2020
  • Focal length: 10.4mm
  • ISO: 125
  • Shutter speed: 1/40s

By |2020-06-29T14:27:21-04:00July 2nd, 2020|Landscape|0 Comments

Memory Sunday #4

Midnight Sun

A few years ago we spent a fabulous couple of weeks touring Iceland and birding, finding wonderful arctic plants and drinking really expensive beer. This photograph was taken near midnight in the very far north of Iceland just outside Akureyri.


  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: ILCE-7M2
  • Taken: 4 July, 2015
  • Focal length: 35mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/125s

By |2020-06-25T12:42:19-04:00June 28th, 2020|Landscape, light|0 Comments

After the Rain

“Luvverly Drop O’Rain”

Apparently we have had only about one month’s rain in the past three months and the last few weeks have been abnormally dry and hot. A couple days ago they forecast the possibility of some showers but what we got was a drenching storm … so much appreciated.

Here is a part of the no-mow lawn (the “mead”) looking at it’s best under a torrential downpour. You can see why the wildlife likes living here with us … not your typical suburbia.


  • Aperture: ƒ/2.8
  • Camera: ILCE-7M2
  • Taken: 23 June, 2020
  • Focal length: 35mm
  • ISO: 320
  • Shutter speed: 1/60s
By |2020-06-26T07:25:11-04:00June 26th, 2020|garden, Landscape|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

Memory Sunday #3

Kenauk – Early Morning

For the first 16 or so years we were in Canada we would rent Chalet Hidden at Kenauk for a few lakeside days of peace, quiet and trout fishing in early September. It was, probably still is, a magical place and we only stopped going because we felt it was best to leave with the best memories intact … though maybe one day (if we save up enough) we will return. half the land is now owned by the Nature Conservancy of Canada while the vacationing is in the hands of a private company that markets itself to very rich people.

Anyway, in front of the cabin was a stream running from a waterfall into the big lake – early one misty morning I wandered along the peninsula this juncture made and looking back saw the line of trees holding separate the mist on the lake with clear air over the stream to the right. Always a favourite picture. Taking canoes out on the lake to fish or to watch beavers at work and listen to Loons calling are memories to hold on to.

Click here to see a “movie” of the lakeside where this image was taken and inside the cabin

Click here to get a video taster of Kenauk as a whole – it’s about two hours from home


By |2020-06-17T18:08:21-04:00June 21st, 2020|Landscape|0 Comments

Morning Light

Early Light on Sliding Hill

Took a moderately early stroll to the Arboretum to see what the low, warm light could do.


  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: ILCE-7M2
  • Taken: 16 June, 2020
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/500s

By |2020-06-16T17:15:51-04:00June 20th, 2020|arboretum, Landscape, light|0 Comments

Memory Sunday #2

Seen from the Bothy

Almost four years ago we spent a couple of weeks in one of the remoter parts of the west coast of Scotland (than which there is no finer) with good friends. An hour or two’s walk up a trail into the hills from where we were staying there was a well maintained bothy where we found shelter from the wind in order to take a bite of lunch. This view from the window of the bothy has become a firm favourite of mine and is the permanent banner on my other website (sparroworks.ca) and my Facebook page.. Shame about the plastic bottle – that came with the property ;)

Good memories.


  • Aperture: ƒ/9
  • Camera: ILCE-7M2
  • Taken: 11 September, 2016
  • Exposure bias: -3/10EV
  • Focal length: 35mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s

By |2020-06-13T14:51:28-04:00June 14th, 2020|Landscape, Scotland|0 Comments

Memory Sunday No. 1

England 2019 – Making friends

Henceforth, as a general editorial rule, the Sunday image will be something I particularly like from times past. Memory Sunday.

These lovely cows lived in a Berkshire field and wandered over to chew the cud with me one sunny afternoon on May 2019 when we last visited England.

  • Aperture: ƒ/2.8
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 12 May, 2019
  • Focal length: 12.33mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/125s

By |2020-06-07T10:58:50-04:00June 7th, 2020|England, Landscape, mammal|0 Comments

Woodpecker Township

We are having to a do a lot of very local walking during these socially distant months – this is just down the road on the other side of the small neighbourhood park. It’s a narrow strip of trees on either side of this seasonal stream and seems very popular with several species of Woodpeckers, especially thr Pileateds, for nesting opportunities.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX100
  • Taken: 4 June, 2020
  • Focal length: 21.08mm
  • ISO: 125
  • Shutter speed: 1/100s
By |2020-06-04T12:18:05-04:00June 4th, 2020|Landscape, trees|0 Comments