Pink fluff seed heads of a ligularia plant in my garden. When the plant is in flower the petals area bright yellow, but it’s these delicate rosy seed heads of autumn that truly catch my eye.

© Karen McRae, 2015

The Spirited Ones


InandOutof-the-Hand11Tiny chickadees in and out of the hand. I feel these images may give a sense of the sensations; the whirr of the wings at your ear and the ever-so-gentle touching down on your fingertips. A quiet joy.

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The River's Edge
At River’s Edge, end of day.

© Karen McRae, 2015

Flight Patterns



FlightPatterns_Gulls3Part of the rhythm of autumn; skies interspersed with migratory birds, punctuation marks of the shifting seasons.

[Longish exposures of Canadian Geese, and a lone seagull]
© Karen McRae, 2015

While Waiting on the Tide…

RedFox_ParcBic_1Hiking the shoreline of Bic National Park (parc national du Bic) in Quebec, waiting for the water to push out a little further so we are able to pass around boulders and cliffs that are only passable during low tide. While stopped and listening to gently crashing waves and breathing in salty air this little red fox appears from the scattered boulders waiting with us until the water will recede enough for the hike to continue.

FleuveSaint-LaurentLandscape_ParcBic1 We are walking beside the immense St. Lawrence River (Le fleuve Saint-Laurent) as it opens up to the Gulf of St Lawrence, which then flows into the North Atlantic Ocean. The river becomes tidal somewhere around Quebec City, about 300 km upstream of where we are walking and it does feel like being on the cusp of the ocean.

RedFox_ParcBic_6September might be the best month to take a vacation. The best time for missing the summer crowds and peak insect season while still basking in (mostly) gorgeous weather.

© Karen McRae, 2015

Evening Aria


EveningSong2In-camera multiple exposures of the mutable river and sky ~ intimate and still, wide open and wild. The summer heat sends the mind (and perhaps the body) to the water.

© Karen McRae, 2015