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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

Winter Bluebird

Unexpected Visitors

A small flock of eight Eastern Bluebirds spent 20 miniutes feeding on rowan berries in the garden on a clear, sunny January afternoon with temperatures of -16C (-27C with windchill). They are “supposed” to be far away to the south in warmer places than this. Gorgeous little birds.

More pictures on our other website at sparroworks.ca


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 17 January, 2020
  • Exposure bias: +7/10EV
  • Focal length: 220mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
By |2020-01-17T15:38:25-05:00January 19th, 2020|birds, garden|1 Comment

Winter Sculpture

Seed-head under snow

As well as benefiting birds by providing seeds for food, leaving seed-heads to stand through the winter enables snow to form delightful “sculptures” for us to enjoy.  A few months ago this was an  inflorescence on a wild, carrot plant that was abuzz with insects.


  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: ILCE-7M2
  • Taken: 8 January, 2020
  • Exposure bias: +7/10EV
  • Focal length: 105mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
By |2020-01-08T12:55:07-05:00January 8th, 2020|plants, Seasons|0 Comments

River in January

Snow on the water

The confluence of the St-Lawrence and Ouatouais Rivers at Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue early in January with a light snowfall obscuring the Ile-aux-Tortes bridge carrying the Trans-Canada Highway. Cold.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4.9
  • Camera: DSC-RX100
  • Taken: 6 January, 2020
  • Exposure bias: +7/10EV
  • Focal length: 37.1mm
  • ISO: 160
  • Shutter speed: 1/800s
By |2020-01-06T11:55:23-05:00January 6th, 2020|Landscape, Seasons|1 Comment
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