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“Blatter”

Fans of the Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy will be familiar with the lorry-driving rain god and his 92 words for types of rain constantly poured on his head by all the clouds that simply “wanted to water him”. This was the rain type known as heavy blatter.

Quite something.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 2 August, 2020
  • Focal length: 60.29mm
  • ISO: 1600
  • Shutter speed: 1/200s
By |2020-08-03T17:50:27-04:00August 4th, 2020|Landscape, weather|0 Comments

Black Gray Squirrel on White

Looking like a White Christmas

Snowing today and this should stay until Christmas – meanwhile this little guy came to the heated bird bath for a good drink.

For our Euro friends, this black squirrel is actually a gray squirrel. They also come in cream.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 17 December, 2019
  • Focal length: 117.29mm
  • ISO: 1250
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
By |2019-12-17T15:32:00-05:00December 17th, 2019|mammal, Seasons|0 Comments

Ice Petticoats

Getting Colder

Temperatures along the riverside have been up and, mostly, down for a while now. The river has yet to become cold enough to freeze over, but already ice is forming in the splash zone.  Lace petticoats on the rocks.


  • Aperture: ƒ/1.8
  • Camera: iPhone 8
  • Taken: 23 November, 2019
  • Exposure bias: -2EV
  • Focal length: 3.99mm
  • ISO: 20
  • Shutter speed: 1/2088s
By |2019-11-23T13:05:48-05:00November 24th, 2019|Seasons|0 Comments

Serendipity

Birch Bark with Rowan Berries in the Rain

It’s showery here this Thanksgiving Monday and looking out of the window, as one does, i was struck by the combination of birch tree trunks and golden birch leaves forming a backdrop to a berry-rich rowan tree that has begun to lose it’s leaves, thus revealing the birch. A gorgeous combination – made all the richer in the subdued light of a rainy day – sunshine rarely makes for the best photographs.

BUT – see the picture below.

  • Aperture: ƒ/13
  • Camera: ILCE-7M2
  • Taken: 14 October, 2019
  • Focal length: 75mm
  • ISO: 1250
  • Shutter speed: 1/80s

BUT THEN …

… an hour later the sun appeared and the leaves were lit, seemingly from within. I still prefer the original in the more diffuse lighting as I find this a bit “chocolate-boxy” but what do you think?

Comments below please.


  • Aperture: ƒ/13
  • Camera: ILCE-7M2
  • Taken: 14 October, 2019
  • Exposure bias: +7/10EV
  • Focal length: 105mm
  • ISO: 1250
  • Shutter speed: 1/125s

By |2019-10-14T16:35:13-04:00October 20th, 2019|flowers, garden, light|0 Comments

Cold morning sunlight

Cold sunshine

There were white roofs down the road this morning and a low, bright dawn sunshine illuminating these wild carrot seed-heads. The average day for first, albeit light, snowfall in Montreal is barely a month away.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 5 October, 2019
  • Exposure bias: -7/10EV
  • Focal length: 139.53mm
  • ISO: 640
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
By |2019-10-06T08:13:02-04:00October 6th, 2019|flowers, garden, light|0 Comments

Summer Rain

Happy God and Song Sparrow

A heavy summer rainstorm was followed by bright sunshine and the Song Sparrow family came out to play, watched over by Happy God.

The Happy Buddha, or Laughing Buddha, is based on a wandering monk who walked throughout ancient China. His likeness is symbolic of joy, mirth and contentment, and it is said that rubbing the head or belly of a Happy Buddha statue brings good luck and fortune.


  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: DSC-RX100
  • Taken: 10 August, 2019
  • Focal length: 37.1mm
  • ISO: 125
  • Shutter speed: 1/320s
By |2019-08-10T16:20:10-04:00August 11th, 2019|birds, garden|0 Comments
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