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The Bay at Night

Baie-D'Urfé well after dark Inspired by some work of a photographer friend I have started to experiment with night-time photography. To get the classic star shots I need (a) an area of dark sky, no chance of that near the city and (b) the right time of year for the milky way to be [...]

2018-10-14T18:51:17+00:00Sunday, October 14, 2018|

Morning sunlight (garden)

Low sunlight this morning illuminated our neighbours trees EXIF data Copyright © All images are made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada (CC BY-NC-ND 2.5 CA) License … which really just means that you are very welcome to share and use any of these images, but [...]

2018-10-14T10:26:04+00:00Sunday, October 14, 2018|

Saturday lunchtime in the garden

Walking about ... Spent several hours this morning working in the town park just down the road to help with the planting of 224 new trees from some 33 different native species to enhance and extend the wooded area already there. Feeling rather stiff this afternoon I took the camera for a walk around [...]

2018-10-13T13:18:43+00:00Saturday, October 13, 2018|

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

A "Whaaat the heck is that ... ??!" Moment We have been extraordinarily lucky, helped by cunning garden design and planting, over the years to get the high garden bird count that we have amassed but this afternoon we were sitting quietly having a cup of tea when J  grabbed her binoculars and called "Whaaat [...]

2018-10-11T15:59:05+00:00Thursday, October 11, 2018|

White-throated Sparrow

The upgraded waterfall had a visitor ... White-throated Sparrow, a spring and fall visitor during migration seasons. All gardens should have waterfalls. EXIF data Copyright © All images are made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada (CC BY-NC-ND 2.5 CA) License … which really just means [...]

2018-10-09T13:29:55+00:00Tuesday, October 9, 2018|

New Bird Sanctuary – “Biggarnuff” for All

Montée Biggar Bird Sanctuary Getting away from the garden this morning I visited a new bird sanctuary in southern Quebec that has been purchased by my very good friends at Bird Protection Quebec (declaration of interest - I was on the board for ten years, President for three and still run the grants and [...]

2018-10-06T14:40:44+00:00Saturday, October 6, 2018|

On Gardening …

The Glory of the Garden Thanks to a good gardener friend in England, Penny, for drawing our attention to this excellent piece of Kiplingiana ... the plaque in the featured image is to be found at Gunby Hall, a National Trust property in Lincolnshire. OUR England is a garden that is full of stately views, [...]

2018-10-05T18:00:37+00:00Friday, October 5, 2018|

Solomon’s Seal

Autumn colour ... Makes a change from all the golden tree leaves ;) Copyright © All images are made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada (CC BY-NC-ND 2.5 CA) License … which really just means that you are very welcome to share and use any of [...]

2018-09-29T14:00:42+00:00Saturday, September 29, 2018|

Upgrading the (Famous) Bird Pond

Making the pond more attractive ... to birds as well as ourselves Almost as long as J and I have been gardening here, say 20 years, we have had a pond. My back still remembers digging the hole one very hot and dry summer at a rate of about ten shovels-full a day after [...]

2018-09-30T13:21:58+00:00Thursday, September 27, 2018|

Inky Cap Fungi – Fairy parasols

Pleated Inkcap A small group of these tiny fungi appeared on the lawn this morning. I am suggesting Parasola plicatilis, the Pleated Inkcap, as the species because (a) it appears to have the necessary field features and (b) this is the commonest species of the Coprinoid (Inky Cap) group of fungi in this area. Having [...]

2018-09-19T10:22:36+00:00Wednesday, September 19, 2018|