High ISO / Ashbridge’s Bay: November 26, 2018

If you take a lot of photos, you probably know all about ISO (which stands for International Organization of Standardization which the main governing body that standardizes sensitivity ratings for camera sensors).

The general rule is to keep your ISO at around 100. As you climb up and up (and my camera goes to 12,800), your images get grainier and grainier. Photographers call this “noise”.

Because the light was so dim this morning, I had to shoot at very high ISO’s. A challenge and you will be able to see the “noise”.

Here are some views of Ashbridge’s Bay in the rain:

Some of the plants:

Great Burdock (Arctium lappa)

Red Oak leaves (Quercus rubra)

a Norway Maple bud (Acer platanoides)

Queen-Anne’s-lace (Daucus carota)

A few birds were close enough to be photographed:

Mallard (female)

Mallard (male)

Ring-billed Gull

and, as usual, the hungry (and soggy) chickadees made a pleasing appearance:

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadees

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

The question likely will occur to you. Did anyone show up on this rainy, windy morning or will I be posting a “selfie”?

Miles Hearn

                                              NATURE POETRY

The Old Apple Tree

The sentinel of the winter

When snow falls all around,

She stands in haunted silence

Her cold feet in the ground.


When spring comes she will blossom

Her perfume fills the air

A wondrous gift for all to see

For everyone to share.


At harvest time, the apples red

We pick them all with care.

She proudly gives us all she has

Her bounty she must share.


In summer, winter, spring and fall

And weather dark and clear

It matters not, the apple tree

Stands guard throughout the year.

– Brian Whitefield (1949- ) written in Grade 9

Brian is second from the right in the above photo.


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