Artistic endeavours

As luck would have it ... This Thanksgiving Monday it was cool and showery looking out of the window, as one does, I was struck by the combination of birch tree trunks and golden birch leaves forming a backdrop to a berry-rich rowan tree that has begun to lose it's leaves and thereby [...]

2019-10-14T18:03:07-04:00Sunday, October 20, 2019|

Not Much to Report

Nothing to report this week, too weary to comment on politics, though I surely will once we know (around 11pm on 31 October) where Brexit is going. On the other hand I am now successfully the other side of another birthday and still fit and firing on all guns. So I will simply [...]

2019-09-14T18:47:13-04:00Sunday, September 15, 2019|

Vintage Pictures

Pictures From a Different Age For reasons I won't bore you with I have been evaluating a couple of software packages for "digitally developing" RAW format photos from my cameras.  One of the test pictures I have been working with was taken in May of this year in England when, with friends, we [...]

2019-09-08T12:05:49-04:00Sunday, September 8, 2019|

Rather Old Camera

How good are old cameras? Rootling in the basement last night I happened upon an old digital camera - the first I had owned and purchased back in 2011/2012. It was, still is for that matter, a Nikon Coolpix 995 and was my faithful digiscoping companion for  a few years before I moved [...]

2019-09-02T17:45:48-04:00Sunday, September 8, 2019|

Rogues Gallery of Cats

A Baker’s Dozen of Cats in 46 Fun-filled Years Everyone posts cat pictures at some time. but we don’t do it often … recently, though, a blog post from 2013 accidentally surfaced on this website and, this being far too hot and humid a day to be outside, it seemed a good opportunity [...]

2019-07-29T14:41:04-04:00Monday, July 29, 2019|

Pictures of the Week (9 Dec 2018)

** Perhaps a few too many posts here recently of multiple, featured photographs ... henceforth they will be displayed in a single post that's quick to scan and only takes one click to open. In Town Tonight The Baie-D'Urfé town hall lit up for the 2018 Winter Solstice [...]

2018-12-06T18:07:49-04:00Sunday, December 9, 2018|

Splash …

Blue Jay Blue Jays are like teenagers, always flopping about and shouting. They also like very much to take regular baths and showers and as we provide a heated water bath for them in cold Québec winters, how could this smart fellow refuse the opportunity. Metadata Copyright © [...]

2018-12-01T16:51:03-04:00Saturday, December 1, 2018|

Spring is coming … eventually

We have buds ... As temperatures dive and the depth of snow and ice increases it's good to know that our two thriving magnolia trees are covered in buds that will open to glorious flowers when spring finally arrives. Metadata Copyright © All images are made available under [...]

2018-11-30T14:28:07-04:00Friday, November 30, 2018|

Close Encounters

The Third Man ... ? This is Place Jacques-Cartier in Montreal with the town hall at the top of the hill. It was strangely calm and quiet after the alien mothership had beamed up all the tourists and buskers. There were only two people in the whole square, sitting on that bench to the [...]

2018-11-09T16:41:18-04:00Friday, November 9, 2018|

Northern Flicker

An early feeding trip for a local family of Northern Flickers brought three of them together into the garden this week. They were especially interested in insects lurking amongst the stones on "the beach". Flickers are, for whatever reason, exceptionally nervous birds that fly away if anyone comes closer to them than they deem [...]

2018-07-27T08:50:58-04:00Friday, July 27, 2018|