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Ice coating everything – Sparkly

Yesterday there was a lot of freezing rain falling and coating the world in sparkly ice. Being sensible people we stayed indoors, exercised in the basement, and ventured forth this morning to see the world glittering. Freezing rain is a pain, and potentially dangerous, for anyone who has no options but to go [...]

2023-01-06T14:09:27-05:00Friday, January 6, 2023|Baie-D'Urfe, Landscape, light, winter|

Snow Fog and Bluebirds

This post is really about interesting atmospheric conditions but birds do creep in, inevitably. Every year we do “our” route in the annual Christmas Bird Count centred on Hudson in Quebec, just west of Montreal. We have been censusing birds on this same route for at least 20 years now - it isn’t [...]

2022-12-30T17:20:38-05:00Friday, December 30, 2022|birds, Landscape, winter|

The Bay in Fall

Quite a glorious day - this afternoon was a pleasant 14C temperature and warm sunlight to take the edge off. J was on duty at the library so I wandered down with her and then enjoyed the riverside which simply looks at its best in October. There are worse places for a chap [...]

2022-10-11T19:14:59-04:00Tuesday, October 11, 2022|Baie-D'Urfe, Landscape|

Mine is the Morning

There is something about the garden's very early morning light at this time of year, as summer starts to fade and autumn waves enticingly from the wings, that really starts a day off well. All the more so with a mug of tea.  It doesn't get much better than this.   Verse [...]

2022-08-20T09:07:36-04:00Saturday, August 20, 2022|Baie-D'Urfe, Garden, Gardening, Landscape, light|

Winter Woodland Wandering near Woodpeckers (video)

Strolling in Winter near Montreal We were out a few days ago counting winter birds and thought a couple of minutes strolling through the snowy forest with us might be calming for your soul. Immediately by the start off this short walk there were four different species of Woodpecker in the trees [...]

2022-01-08T17:37:25-05:00Friday, January 7, 2022|arboretum, birds, Landscape, winter|

Sunset on the River – December

Approximately this date but taken ten years ago at the end of the road - resurfaced from the archives. Never throw anything away, one day it will be of use. Last night there was a pretty violent wind storm with gusts up to 100km/hr and power outages all over the province ... thank goodness [...]

2021-12-12T11:54:44-05:00Wednesday, December 8, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe, birds, Landscape|

Adding Light

This photo was taken in a forest on the west coast of Scotland about five years ago and was remarkable for the mossy layer covering around and bark - extraordinarily atmospheric. More recently, I happened to be reminded of Terry Pratchet's "Wee Free Men" and for some reason this image bubbled to the surface [...]

2021-11-11T14:37:02-05:00Thursday, November 11, 2021|environment, europe, Landscape, light, scotland|

Calm River

Early in the week we decided to take the now three month old EV for a longer run to see how the batteries behaved under greater stress than going to the supermarket involves. We crossed into Ontario and spent a happy half day walking the trails in the Cooper March nature reserve. We [...]

2021-08-08T07:51:23-04:00Wednesday, August 4, 2021|Birding, birds, conservation, Landscape|
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