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The Weekly Views (1-6 January 2018)

Some interesting photographs from the period 1-6 January 2018 (click any thumbnail to see the images at full size) This weeks views ... Snow cushioned in the divided trunk of a paper birch tree Cat-tails backlit by a winter sun This and image #4 are two pictures of the [...]

2018-01-04T12:34:01-05:00Saturday, January 6, 2018|

Boxing Day – Have a Rest

Christmas Day brought with it a rather splendid snow fall (just as it is supposed to) ... time now to put your feet up with a good book and a cup of coffee/tea

2017-12-26T10:24:52-05:00Tuesday, December 26, 2017|

Merry Christmas … from the Garden People to the Garden People

You will be receiving this on Christmas Eve … whether you pause to read it immediately is another matter but whether you do or not Jean and I wish you all, gardeners, wildlife gardeners or just occasional visitors, all the best for Christmas and the days and months that follow. Apart from one faithful [...]

2017-12-24T13:14:07-05:00Saturday, December 23, 2017|

Now the Days get Longer

11:28 am Thursday 21 December is the exact time of the Winter Solstice after which the daylight hours gradually increase day by day until suddenly it will be spring. Something to celebrate. "Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a [...]

2017-12-20T14:19:36-05:00Thursday, December 21, 2017|

A Brown Week and some Planning Ahead

Rather a short journal entry this week, we fear. Quiet, getting colder, lots of shades of brown and still leaves hanging on determinedly to some of the trees. The only stand-out colour comes from the red berries on the Viburnum and the new plantings of Ilex verticiliata- featured image above -  at the back of [...]

2017-12-09T14:35:24-05:00Saturday, December 9, 2017|

High Water (still)

Back in May there were bad floods around the island - waters are still high over six months later due to summer long attempts to lower levels back in the Great Lakes, in fact they have been rising again in the past week or two. Sony RX10m3 camera lens 80mm ISO 100 1/500s [...]

2017-12-09T18:02:12-05:00Wednesday, December 6, 2017|

Strange happenings with trees this winter

Early in the week the garden we enjoyed a light snowfall - didn’t last long - that prettied-up the leaves and branches for a while. Our Northern Cardinals were still moving around in their small same-sex groups and all six House Finches spent time squabbling over the food we provide alongside a couple of [...]

2017-12-03T09:31:03-05:00Saturday, December 2, 2017|

December Comes to Town

It's the first day of December and the seasonal lights are starting to be switched on in Baie-D'Urfé ... only another 20 days to the Winter Solstice. This is our town hall ... a very impressive show for 2017. Aperture: ƒ/2.8 Camera: Sony alpha 7m2 Focal length: 35mm ISO: 1600 Shutter speed: 1/10s (handheld [...]

2017-12-08T15:03:02-05:00Friday, December 1, 2017|

Birds and Berries

At the start of the week we noticed that despite temperatures barely rising above freezing for several days and, in fact, achieving a record low temperature for the date in this area, the Japanese Acer still has most of its leaves, although they do look somewhat crumpled. The regenerated Euonymus disappointingly has shown no [...]

2017-11-18T16:34:28-05:00Saturday, November 18, 2017|

Cold at Last

The week began with warnings that “winter is coming” and ended with it being here in spades. At least we had a warning and were able to spend time doing final garden winterizing. An early frost had finally killed the pansies in pots as well as a beautiful heliotrope and so the last of [...]

2017-11-11T16:56:54-05:00Saturday, November 11, 2017|