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

Sunday Drive – Renfrew & Burnstown (August 14, 2016)

On Sunday, August 14, 2016, my friend Elizabeth and I went for a drive through the Renfrew county countryside – she was prospecting for interesting minerals, and I wanted to take pictures. Our first stop was at the Renfrew town suspension bridge, so that we could poke among the river rocks. Because of the recent drought, we were able to walk on the large boulders in the middle of the river, and I was able to get these photos from a location, which is typically covered by water.

From Renfrew, we drove to the large rock cut just east of the bridge in Burnstown. While Elizabeth looked for minerals in the rock face, I snapped these photos of the Madawaska River.

It was one of those cool, dull and overcast days, but the day wasn’t without colour …



Spurge Hawkmoth Caterpillar

I discovered this wee beastie making its way across some concrete and gravel, and couldn’t resist taking its photo.

Spurge Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Spurge Hawkmoth Caterpillar

I later discovered that it is the caterpillar for the Spurge Hawkmoth. This moth was introduced into North America from Europe because it liked to eat spurge. Now spurge is a noxious weed that was introduced into North America from Europe.

You think we would learn to stop trying to do Mother Nature’s job?

Casino du Lac-Leamy’s Sound of Light – Estonia (August 13, 2016)

Estonia’s contribution to the 2016 Casino du Lac-Lemy’s Fireworks Competition

Odds & Sods … again …

As soon as spring comes, I want to be out and about, with and without my camera. When I have my camera with me I tend to take a lot of photos. But during spring, summer and fall, since I want to be out, I don’t spend a lot of time processing the photos I take. Every once in a while, I do find some quiet time and I catch up and publish the photos that I like.

So, enjoy …

Casino du Lac-Leamy’s Sound of Light – China (August 6, 2016)

China’s contribution to the 2016 Casino du Lac-Lemy’s Fireworks Competition

Crashing Water Drops (June 26, 2016)

I attended a one-day course on high-speed photography at SPAO and spent an amazing day learning how to take photographs of water drops. But is wasn’t just a lone water drop – the trick was to catch a water drop crashing into the previous drop, and stopping the motion of the crash with the help of an off-camera flash.

When a drop of water falls into a tray of water, it first creates a depression in the water, which quickly fills up to create a small column of water. Then the second drop crashes into this column to create different shaped patterns of spray. We used a small computer chip connected to a laptop, the flash and a solenoid valve that released the drops. Variables in the computer program determined when to release the drops and fire the flash.

I do not consider myself to be a technical person, and at the start of the course, when presented with the technology, all I could think about was how to run away and hide – it was literally over-whelming for me, especially considering that there were two engineers on the course who were speaking in a engineer-tongue.

However, after eight hours of learning and experimenting, I did not want to leave. I was hooked!

One really neat thing I discovered was that, no matter how much you tried to take the same shot, the smallest change to the environment would create a different water drop pattern. Things like the level of water in the tube from which the water drops originated, a slight breeze from the air conditioner, the level of water in the tray, people moving around in the room … any of these could dramatically change the final pattern.