Bear and Musicians

Around 90 years ago, my grandfather would travel to pre-war Germany "doing business" and on one of his trips he brought back a bear. A very fine bear that as a rather small child I used to admire immensely. As is the way of these things, it eventually came to live with me [...]

2023-03-10T13:41:50-05:00Friday, March 10, 2023|Art, europe, morris dance, photography|

Little Green Men

Mid-morning I was down by the river taking photographs of the Fritz Farm community building in beautiful bright sunlight ... as I stood there a hush descended over the bay and dark clouds covered the sun. Suddenly a beam of light broke through and illuminated the building. A small green creature descended [...]

2023-03-03T14:08:14-05:00Friday, March 3, 2023|Baie-D'Urfe, light, photography|

Lichening with a New Camera

Sixty-some years ago I had inherited a black-and-white roll-film Box Brownie camera and was the envy of my friends ... sometimes I even had enough pocket money saved to put a 12-shot roll of film in it and sometimes my parents paid to have it developed. This was high technology on the opening [...]

2023-02-16T18:47:26-05:00Thursday, February 16, 2023|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, Landscape, photography|

Utherdale Tales – Girl Power 1925(ish)

Winnie Minion - A Flapper This young lady was a well-liked cousin of my aunts who were born in 1906 and 1910 respectively … judging by her clothing this photograph was taken in the twenties. Let’s say 1925 and that she was more or less contemporaneous with the aunts making her what, [...]

2023-01-28T13:40:55-05:00Friday, January 27, 2023|Family History|

Rescued Photographs

Over a long lifetime I have gathered (moss and rolling stone etc) odd items from aged relatives. Now I am an aged relative myself, I have looked out a couple of old photograph albums that came to me from relatives in Leeds and which have gathered dust and been unopened for maybe [...]

2023-01-30T15:32:09-05:00Wednesday, January 25, 2023|England, Family History, photography|

Rising from the Ashes

Just a brief post today ... Alongside this website, for several years I also ran a second site that was just for my "best" photographs. While I was working on my book, "1001 Species: A Natural History of a Small Town" (, I let it languish unattended and unloved. The time has come [...]

2023-01-21T22:10:34-05:00Saturday, January 21, 2023|photography|

Bleached Bones

Along one stretch of shoreline in  the Iles-de-la-Madeleine last month the sandy shoreline was being eroded and fallen trees had been washed by the saltwater. Interesting shapes.

2022-07-09T18:12:58-04:00Saturday, July 9, 2022|photography, Quebec|

Prague Light.

Nine years ago we were birding and botanising in Austria and the Czech Republic with a pause for history and culture in Prague. I was especially struck by the interplay of light on the stone columns in this medieval cathedral.

2022-06-02T21:50:34-04:00Thursday, June 2, 2022|Art, europe, light|

Creatures of the Night

New ventures in neighbour-watching ... four footed, furry neighbours. A member of an on-line naturalist group from Ontario recently posted some splendid trail-cam images of deer and other wildlife at a vernal pool. Inspiration was sparked. A few years ago, ten perhaps, we had purchased a trail-cam to watch birds visiting our garden [...]

2022-05-22T09:18:25-04:00Sunday, May 22, 2022|1000 Species, animals, Baie-D'Urfe, Garden, Trailcam|

Nostalgia – Origins

This will be the third year we have not travelled abroad and next year it will be four when (we hope) a safe visit to chums and relatives in England might just be possible ... sorting out old photographs I happened on a few nostalgic images from (relatively) recent visits. [...]

2022-02-02T19:05:32-05:00Wednesday, February 2, 2022|England, europe|
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