Birds & Bees … and other stuff


Recently, I had the opportunity to spend a week at the home of some friends who live in the countryside of Eastern Ontario. During one of my days there, I walked around the property with my camera and telephoto lens and was able to take photos of some busy bees and hummingbirds, as well as some flowers that I liked, a few dragonflies, one of my favourite members of the insect world and some butterflies and a ladybug.

I also came across this flower. I have no idea what it is, but the shape made me wonder if it originated on the Muppet Show.

Wild Flower

A Day in the Country – August 25, 2017


Spending some time at the country home of some friends – some photos I took while wandering around and near the property. Enjoy …

The Birds, Bees & Wakefield Covered Bridge


I recently visited a good friend at her home north of Gatineau, Québec, with the sole purpose of parking myself and my camera on her porch to see if I could capture a photo of a hummingbird feeding. This was my second attempt at trying to photograph a hummingbird, and with a few tricks I learned, the results improved. However, I still have a long way to go … need to learn some more tricks of the trade.

Hummingbird Feeding

Hummingbird Feeding

On the way back home, I decided to take a look at the covered bridge and Gatineau River just outside the town of Wakefield, Québec.

And while there, I came across this cute wee critter …

Honey Hunting

Honey Hunting

New Brunswick – Days 1 & 2


I arrived yesterday, August 8, at the St Martins Country Inn in the town of St Martins, New Brunswick. I will be here for the next week attending a photography course given by Freeman Patterson and André Gallant. I used yesterday afternoon and most of today exploring the area and taking photos. First stop, yesterday, was the beach just on the eastern edge of the town of St Martins. And by coincidence, I arrived there during the low tide. Given that St Martins is on Fundy Bay, there is a huge difference between low and high tide.

And today I explored the Fundy Trail by car and on foot. I parked at one of the parking lots near the entrance, and from there I hiked on one of the trails to Melvin Beach. I was keeping an eye on the clock so that I could arrive just before the end of the low tide. Yesterday at the St Martins beach I was amazed at how quickly the tide came in and I came a wee bit too close to experiencing the Atlantic Ocean around my ankles.

After the hike, I stopped in at the interpretive centre for something to drink, and while relaxing outside I was entertained by these cuties.

Unitarian Memorial Garden, Ottawa


I wanted to take some photos of bees at the Unitarian Memorial Garden in Ottawa, so I headed over there early one morning before the heat set in. It wasn’t early enough – I suspect that all the bees found themselves an air conditioned hive. So it wouldn’t be a complete loss, I took photos of some of the flowers and the few insects who did show up for my photo shoot.

I also came across this beautiful, friendly Siamese cat, who appeared to be doing a bit of hunting.

Unitarian Memorial Garden (July 20, 2015)  [_DSC5295-00510].jpg

An Abandoned Farm & Some Nature Photos


On July 3rd my friend Sue and I went out for a combination hike and photo shoot of two abandoned farms. I have two good Nikon cameras, so I set one of the cameras on auto-mode with a wide-angle lens and gave that to my friend so she could take photos of things that caught her fancy. The first abandoned farm we visited was overgrown but accessible, so that was our first stop.

Next stop was a quick visit to the Pakenham Five Arches Bridge. Sue had never been there and given that we would drive right past it on the way to the second abandoned farm, why not stop and take a look around.

Five Arches Bridge

And then it was off to the other abandoned farm. I knew we had a walk to get to this farm and what I didn’t know was that the walk was through a large swamp. So, cancel that idea. Instead we took some photos of the swamp, or as we referred to it, the “mosquito hatchery”.

While there we came across this wee creature trying to make itself as inconspicuous as possible. When I came too close it folded its wings up and turned itself into a dead leaf. Fascinating! And would any of the viewers know what kind of butterfly this is? I know nothing about butterflies except that they are fascinating wee creatures and quite beautiful.

Mud Lake & Deschênes Rapids, Ottawa


This past Friday a friend and I visited Mud Lake near the Deschênes Rapids. It was a perfect day for hiking – sunny and cool enough to keep the bugs away. My friend, being a patient person, put up with me stopping from time-to-time to take some photos of the abundant wildlife on and around this small lake.

While we were there, we decided to make a wee side trip to see what the Ottawa River was doing at the Deschênes Rapids. We were able to get close to the river bank, but because of the high water we were limited as to how much we could see. These are two photos of the river taken last Friday, May 22/2015 …

Not really all that exciting, unless of course you compare it to the following photos that I took around this same location on July 2012 when we were experiencing a bad drought …

All of the locations in the above photos were completely under water last Friday. The people walking in one of the above photos were actually walking across the Deschênes Rapids, and the rock where the two people are sitting was completely under fast-moving water in 2012. And the duck? Well over her head last Friday!