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Feeding the Birds

There is a growing awareness (still a long way to go) that tidying the garden as we go into winter is a bad thing to do. Leaving our garden “scruffy” until spring means that birds like these American Goldfinches can find something to eat without needing to rely on our feeders.

These birds were eating seeds from a small-flowered form of sunflower.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 22 November, 2020
  • Focal length: 183.43mm
  • ISO: 800
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
By |2020-11-22T11:35:43-05:00November 22nd, 2020|Baie-D'Urfe, birds, garden|0 Comments

Memory Sunday #15 – The Paps of Jura

The Paps of Jura

This was 1988 on an island-hopping vacation off the west coast of Scotland. We were based on Islay where all the wonderful whisky originates. Jura is the island to the north where only one whisky is made, but a very good one.

Thirty years ago – gosh. Interesting colours from old film stock – how I wish we had digital cameras back then.


By |2020-09-20T08:23:06-04:00September 20th, 2020|Landscape, Scotland|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

Memory Sunday #6

People used to live here

This dates back to 2016 when we walked a long and beautiful trail on the west coast of Scotland to the site of one of the infamously “cleared” Highland villages. Down by the shore of loch where the cattle are there used to be a community – there are still the remnants of stone walls a couple of feet high to mark the spot.


By |2020-07-19T16:41:59-04:00July 19th, 2020|Landscape, Scotland|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
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