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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

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

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

Winter-worn Grasses

Seed Heads at Evening

We have a stand of ornamental grasses in the garden that we leave through the winter as they have seeds for birds and hollow stems for insects to overwinter in. They will be cut down in a few weeks but this evening the low golden light lit up the seed feathers from within. Beautiful.


  • Aperture: ƒ/20
  • Camera: ILCE-7M2
  • Taken: 31 March, 2020
  • Exposure bias: -1.7EV
  • Focal length: 100mm
  • ISO: 125
  • Shutter speed: 1/100s
By |2020-03-31T17:53:37-04:00March 31st, 2020|garden, light|0 Comments

Evening Snowdrops

Spring is here

Every year we wait for the snows to melt around the end of March and for the snowdrops, that have been waiting below, to emerge and start to flower. Every year, I say that I have enough photographs of snowdrops to last a lifetime and then  …  well, in this case, and then glorious warm evening sublight happens and here are the 2020 snowdrops to enjoy.


  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: DSC-RX100
  • Taken: 27 March, 2020
  • Focal length: 10.4mm
  • ISO: 125
  • Shutter speed: 1/400s
By |2020-03-31T17:50:20-04:00March 31st, 2020|flowers, garden|1 Comment

MOTUS Tower

This old windmill water pump has been repurposed and now holds some high tech equipment for tracking migrating birds that have been fitted with responders – modern bird banding


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 19 March, 2020
  • Exposure bias: +7/10EV
  • Focal length: 39.42mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/500s
By |2020-03-19T12:10:32-04:00March 19th, 2020|Landscape|0 Comments

Birch Alley

Paper Birch Tree

In the arboretum there is a long line of birch trees originally collected from each of the Canadian provinces and territories. Ostensibly all the same species they exhibit interesting differences.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 7 March, 2020
  • Exposure bias: +7/10EV
  • Focal length: 38.04mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/320s
By |2020-03-07T14:29:40-05:00March 7th, 2020|arboretum, Seasons, trees|0 Comments