Winter Berry


I believe what you’re looking at is a Buckthorn branch with its black berries.  This photo was taken on February 26, 2018 near my house.  One time I saw a robin eating these berries.  A few weeks after I took this photo, I came back to this same spot and all the berries were gone.  They were probably all eaten up!


On the Ground


This photo depicts a robin on a somewhat snowy ground.  It was taken on February 26, 2018 near my house.  This rather plump robin let me get pretty close to it so that I could take this close up shot of it.  It also remained stationary for quite some time, letting me capture multiple pictures of it.  I have to say it was a fantastic model!



This photo depicts an arched tree covered with snow.  It was taken on February 8, 2018 near my place.  I have converted the photo to black and white to enhance the lines and shape of the tree.  I think the photo looks kinda neat!

A Touch of Red


Seen here in profile is a woodpecker.  This photo was taken on January 24, 2018 in a woodland near my house.  It was one of my better shots.  Most of the others were out of focus. In this photo, you can just barely see the red marking on its head.  What a fascinating creature!



I believe what you’re looking at is Goldenrod.  This photo was taken on January 24, 2018 in a wooded area near my place.  I particularly like the background in this photo.  You can see that there is a gradient from top to bottom.  There is black at the top, brown in the middle and white at the bottom.  Makes for a pretty radical photo.

Tree Lines


TreelinesThis photo shows a collection of tree trunks.  It was taken on January 10, 2018 in a wooded area in my neighbourhood.  I like all the lines, from thick to thin, created by the tree trunks.  They form a very interesting pattern almost like a barcode.

Hard Headed


I believe what you’re looking at is a Downy Woodpecker.  This photo was taken on January 19, 2018 in a wooded area near a park in my neighbourhood.   I’ve recently started getting into photographing birds.  For this photo, I used my 70-300mm telephoto zoom lens.  As you can see it still wasn’t powerful enough to get a close up shot of the bird high up in the tree.  In any case,  it’s really fun taking photos of local birds.  It can takes some patience to find them though.  And some birds are quick and move around a lot so that means you have to be fast as well.  I’m always so happy when I can snap some photos of them.



I believe this photo shows a dormant beech tree, but I’m not 100% certain.  It was taken on January 10, 2018 at a park in my neighbourhood.  I love the colours in this photo: the soft blue and the orangey brown.  It’s nice to see colour in the dreary winter months.



Pictured here are layers of snow found at the end of someone’s driveway.  This photo was taken about a week and half ago in my neighbourhood. I converted it into black and white because the actual colours are pretty dirty.  I also wanted to highlight the textures.  The photo has an abstract quality and almost reminds me of granite or marble.  Not bad for plain old snow.

Complex Cluster


If you have been following me over the last year, you would know that I do critiques of my own photos.  I have been doing this for nearly a year now.  A brand new year ushers in a major change.   Starting today I will not be doing photo critiques.  Instead, I will just share my photos with you and give a brief description.   Here’s the first photo of the 2018!

This photo shows a dead wild carrot plant with snow in the background.  It was taken last Tuesday at Lemoine Point.   Lemoine Point is a conversation area at the west end of Kingston.  It has 136 hectares of forest, field and marsh, and a wonderful waterfront.  On the day that we were out, the weather was quite nice, not too cold and partly cloudy.  We saw an owl in the wooded area, but I didn’t have my telephoto zoom lens to capture it.  I did take this photo of an intricate wild carrot though.