After the rain

Thirsty lupin foliage collects tiny droplets in tidy rows guiding moisture down into the center.

Lupin drink

This image was my first attempt at ‘stacking’ shots. With a long lense, it is not possible to get the whole image in focus. I took several shots adjusting the focus each time. The images are stacked in Photoshop and parts of each are masked to reveal the clearest part. A greater amount of the overall image is then in focus.

It is essential to use a tripod. The slightest movement becomes evident in post processing. I tried to reduce movement by shooting with the 2 second self-timer. There was still some movement between shots as the shoot took place in the ditch along side the highway and passing vehicles created an unavoidable draft .

Two of the 4 shots used were overexposed and needed to be adjusted to match the other two. I will have to look into where the exposure lock is on my camera and how to use it!

Not your typical blue sky

wpid4493-20141007-4526.jpg
A late day combination of rain, snow, sun and cloud make for unusual hues of blue. The yellow of fall birch is enhanced by low sun on the moist leaves.

October 2014

This fall we have been experiencing the most colourful and vivid fall shades we seen in a number of years. Having had two harsh frosts may have contributed to this unusual condition. Because of the lack of maples here, we typically see only the yellows of birch, poplar and tamarack mixed with the greens of pine, spruce and cedar. Any orange and red is usually proved by low berry bushes in the undergrowth. This season, the random maple is gloriously evident. Even a dreary day like the day these photos were taken, can be aglow.fall colours on lake shore

So for the October desktop calendar, I chose a back road scene with the full range of this season’s colour. Enjoy.free desktop calendar October 2014_1440x900

lower Raleigh Falls

This sequence of shots just a little down stream were taken quite late in the day. I wanted to take advantage of less light for slower shutter speeds to give me the silky water look.

6.0 sec exposure, f/8.0, ISO 320
4.0 sec exposure, f/3.2. ISO 320

I love how purple the rock in the foreground came out in the shot.

6.0 sec exposure, f/8.0 ISO 320

Photo tip: when shooting at or after sunset, be sure to have a flashlight along to find your way home!

September 2012 desktop

Ah, the crisp fall morning; mist dancing on the water chased by the promise of warm daytime sun.

For specific screen resolutions, go here.


de Havilland Beaver C-GZBR at Ignace Outposts’ Hilltop Lake cabin.

first flowers

Leatherleaf appears as first forest flowers of spring in my backyard! These delicate little blossoms are very similar in shape to blueberry blossoms. They differ in their arrangement on the branch, however, strung like patio lights.


baby green

You know that colour I mean; that fresh bright green of spring when trees come alive again…love that colour!!