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

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?

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

A Day at Ferme la Machine


I had an opportunity to spend a day at a delightful farm in the town of Montpellier, Québec. The farm is owned by a lovely couple who made me feel welcome as I spent the day walking around taking photos of anything that appealed to me. These are some of the images I took that day.

For additional information on the farm please feel free to visit their website at http://www.fermelamachine.com.

Trying Out My New Lens


Several years ago, I had this zoom telephoto lens that I enjoyed using – so much so that it became a regular fixture on my camera. And then one day, while I was driving a rented car out in Alberta, someone cut me off and I slammed my left foot on the clutch. Oops, that was the brake! I was not driving my standard and the car came to a very abrupt stop. Unfortunately I neglected to hang the camera strap over the head rest of the passenger seat. End result: one badly damaged zoom telephoto lens!

I tried doing without and after two years I broke down and replaced the lens and started trying it out about a week ago. These photos are some of the results from a few places I have visited in the past week with my camera. Enjoy!