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The best images are posted as individual featured journal entries. Alongside these we showcase some small themed collections (12-20 photographs max). Short comments, not many words.  Mostly Plants, Wildlife and Landscapes.

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The journal posts have more words, usually accompanied by photographs. Originally about Gardening with Wildlife – now we write about other subjects too … always something interesting, of course. Frequently related to wildlife.

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3010, 2018

Going a bit “Middle Earthish”

By |Tuesday, October 30, 2018|Categories: arboretum, photography|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Elves or Gnomes? Looking south from the path beside the "Bobolink Field" in the arboretum. Always a bird-rich and interesting part of the trail system. 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 [...]

3010, 2018

Late Autumn Colour in the Arboretum

By |Tuesday, October 30, 2018|Categories: arboretum, autumn, trees|0 Comments

Still some wonderful colour Spent a couple of hours in the arboretum this morning, just poking around on the trails. I had deliberately not taken a camera with me as to be honest I expected the best of the colour would now be behind us and I wanted to concentrate on the birds.  Well, I was quite wrong. We [...]

2410, 2018

Homes for Gnomes

By |Wednesday, October 24, 2018|Categories: arboretum, fungi|Tags: , |0 Comments

Fly Agaric Fungi + Wild Parsnip Found these two species (I would have said 'two plants' but these days, and for good reasons, fungi are no longer plants but a separate 'kingdom' altogether  - see note below) in close association at the arboretum about a week ago. The tall green plant is wild parsnip which is generally worth avoiding [...]

2310, 2018

The Victorian Internet

By |Tuesday, October 23, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Steampunk iPad For a couple of years now I have been making occasional use of this Victorian photographer's studio portrait but it was only today that I noticed that he has what can only be a prototype steam-powered iPad propped against the feet of his tripod. Who knew our ancestors were so advanced? Copyright © All images [...]

2110, 2018

Tree glows in the dark

By |Sunday, October 21, 2018|Categories: Baie-D'Urfe, Garden, light, photography, trees|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Katsura tree The garden Katsura tree always seems to glow in low light at this time of year once the leaves turn to golden yellow. This evening I tried to capture some of the effect. EXIF data Copyright © All images are made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada (CC [...]

2110, 2018

Cranbuck Bread – version 2

By |Sunday, October 21, 2018|Categories: bread|Tags: , |0 Comments

Really good fruit bread Time for another bread recipe. Some while back I shared a recipe for sourdough Cranbuck Bread ... but it's now got even better after some modifications to the recipe. This bread was created to minimise the FODMAP content of the loaf for people with a wheat intolerance. It's not gluten free but it is low [...]

2010, 2018

Hermit Thrush

By |Saturday, October 20, 2018|Categories: Baie-D'Urfe, birds, Garden|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Hermit Thrush - probably, but ... The garden is throwing up some interesting birds this week. Today's offering is a Thrush that spent some time around the pond late afternoon Saturday.    It's "rusty" tail and clear white eye-ring makes this pretty certainly a Hermit Thrush ... but I was distracted bya fine white wing bar and, well, grayish [...]

1910, 2018

First Winter Finches

By |Friday, October 19, 2018|Categories: Baie-D'Urfe, birds, Garden|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Pine Siskins Predictions have been that winter finches of several species are going to be coming south in some numbers this year due a poor cone crop in the boreal forests - well, it's started very early indeed with the arrival in the garden of a half dozen Pine Siskins (accompanied by a not so unusual Yellow-rumped Warbler and [...]

1410, 2018

The Bay at Night

By |Sunday, October 14, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 visible. Neither apply at the [...]

1410, 2018

Morning sunlight (garden)

By |Sunday, October 14, 2018|Categories: Baie-D'Urfe, Garden, light|Tags: , |0 Comments

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 for non-commercial purposes only and [...]

1310, 2018

Saturday lunchtime in the garden

By |Saturday, October 13, 2018|Categories: Baie-D'Urfe, birds, Garden|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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 the garden ... at one [...]

1110, 2018

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

By |Thursday, October 11, 2018|Categories: Baie-D'Urfe, Birding, birds, Garden|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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 the heck is that ... [...]

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