14 10, 2018

The Bay at Night

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

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 [...]

14 10, 2018

Morning sunlight (garden)

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

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 [...]

13 10, 2018

Saturday lunchtime in the garden

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

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 [...]

11 10, 2018

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

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

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 [...]

9 10, 2018

White-throated Sparrow

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

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 [...]

6 10, 2018

New Bird Sanctuary – “Biggarnuff” for All

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

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 [...]

5 10, 2018

On Gardening …

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

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, [...]

29 09, 2018

Solomon’s Seal

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

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 [...]

27 09, 2018

Upgrading the (Famous) Bird Pond

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

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 [...]

19 09, 2018

Inky Cap Fungi – Fairy parasols

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

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 [...]