Saturday, October 31, 2015

More Photos From RBG

            There were lots of beautiful views of landscape and flowers in the Royal Botanical Gardens Arboretum wild areas yesterday.

Cootes Paradise from Capt. Coote's Trail

One Beech tree by Hemlock grove

One Calico Aster flower

Heart-leaved Aster

Sulphur Butterfly



Fall Leaves at Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton


Thursday, October 29, 2015

November Flowers

It's again be a while since I added to my blog. Time passes.

Just for the record, the following is a newsletter that I just sent out to a group of people that follow Fleur-Ange and me on occasion on wild flower walks.


Hello from Dean and Fleur-Ange,

We have one wild flower walk coming up this weekend. We will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 31st at the Princess Point parking lot and walk part of the Waterfront Trail. We have been doing this hike for a few years now at this location. 

If I remember correctly, this is Dean’s 34th wild flower walk on the weekend closest to the October/November month change. In 1981 we saw 9 wild flowers in bloom on the hike and I saw another 10 species as I walked a few kilometres to and from the hike for a total of 19 for that day. I wonder how many we can find this year.

Following is the list of species I have found blooming during November between 1981 and 2015. The list is currently 209 species long:

Alfalfa *
Alkanet *
Alyssum, Hoary *
Aster, Amethyst
Aster, Arrow-Leaved
Aster, Azure (Sky Blue)
Aster, Calico (Starved)
Aster, Flat-Topped
Aster, Frost
Aster, Heart-Leaved
Aster, Heath
Aster, Large-Leaved
Aster, New England
Aster, Panicled
Aster, Smooth
Avens, Catling's *
Avens, White
Avens, Wood *
Avens, Yellow
Balsam, Himalayan *
Basil, Wild
Bedstraw, Sweet Scented
Beggar Tick
Beggar Tick, Tall
Bellflower, Creeping *
Bindweed, Black *
Bindweed, Hedge
Bittercress, Hairy *
Black-Eyed Susan
Bouncing Bet *
Buckwheat, Climbing False
Bugleweed, Northern
Bugleweed, Rough
Bugloss, Viper's *
Bur-Marigold, Nodding
Burdock, Common *
Burdock, Great *
Butter-And-Eggs *
Buttercup, Tall *
Campion, Bladder *
Campion, Red *
Campion, White (Evening Lychis) *
Catchfly, Night Flowering *
Catnip *
Celandine *
Chamomile, Scentless *
Charlock *
Chickweed, Common * 
Chickweed, Mouse-Ear *
Chicory *
Cinquefoil, Common
Cinquefoil, Dwarf
Cinquefoil, Rough
Cinquefoil, Rough-Fruited *
Cinquefoil, Silvery *
Clotbur, Common
Clover, Alsike *
Clover, Hop *
Clover, Red *
Clover, White *
Clover, White Sweet *
Clover, Yellow Sweet *
Comfrey, Common *
Coneflower, Tall
Coneflower, Thin-Leaved * 
Cress, Marsh Yellow
Crowfoot, Cursed
Crown-vetch, Purple (Crown Vetch) *
Cucumber, Wild
Daisy, Oxeye *
Dandelion, Common *
Dandelion, Red-Seeded *
Dead-Nettle, Purple *
Dead-Nettle, Spotted *
Dogwood, Red-Osier (S)
Dogwood, Silky (Pale)(S)
Elderberry, Red
Evening Primrose, Common
Feverfew *
Flax, Common *
Fleabane, Daisy
Fleabane, Lesser Daisy
Forget-Me-Not, Smaller
Forget-Me-Not, True *
Galinsoga *
Galinsoga, Small-Flowered
Goatsbeard, Yellow *
Goldenrod, Blue-Stemmed
Goldenrod, Canada
Goldenrod, Gray
Goldenrod, Lance-Leaved
Goldenrod, Tall
Goldenrod, Zigzag
Ground Ivy *
Groundsel, Common * 
Groundsel, Sticky * (S.Ragwort)
Hawkweed, Field *
Hawkweed, Smooth*
Hemlock, Poison *
Henbit *
Herb Robert *
Honeysuckle, Northern Bush (S)
Horehound, Black
Horehound, European *
Horehound, Water
Hyssop, Yellow Giant (Catnip, G.H.)
Johnny Jump-Up *
Knapweed, Brown *
Knapweed, Spotted *
Knapweed, Tyrol
Knotgrass, Common *
Knotweed, Japanese *
Knotweed, Pink
Lady's Thumb *
Leafcup, Small-Flowered
Lettuce, Wild
Mallow, Common(Cheeses) *
Mallow, Indian * (Velvetleaf) *
Mallow, Musk *
Marjoram, Wild *
Mayweed *
Medick, Black *
Medick, Hyrid *(Yellow Alfalfa)
Mint, (Unidentified)
Mint, Wild
Motherwort *
Mountain Mint, Virginia
Mugwort, Common * 
Mullein, Common *
Mullein, Dark *
Mullein, Moth *
Mustard, Black *
Mustard, Dog *
Mustard, Field *
Mustard, Garlic *
Mustard, Hedge *
Mustard, Tumble *
Mustard, Wormseed *
Nettle, Tall
Nightshade, Bittersweet *
Nightshade, Eastern Black
Nipplewort *
Pennycress, Field *
Peppergrass, Wild
Periwinkle *
Pigweed *
Pineapple Weed *
Pink, Deptford *
Plantain, Common *
Plantain, English *
Queen Anne's Lace *
Ragweed, Common
Raspberry, Wild Red (S)
Rocket, Dame's *
Rocket, Sea
Rocket, Yellow *
Rose, Rugosa *
Saint Johnswort, Common *
Scorpion-Grass, Blue *
Shepherd's Purse *
Smartweed, Nodding
Smartweed, Water
Snakeroot, White
Snapdragon, Dwarf *
Snow-On-The-Mountain *
Sow Thistle, Common *
Sow Thistle, Field *
Sow Thistle, Spiny-Leaved *
Speedwell, Persian *
Speedwell, Slender *
Speedwell, Thyme-Leaved *
Spurge, Leafy *
Spurge, Petty *
Storksbill *
Strawberry, Field
Summer-Cypress *
Sunflower, Common *
Sunflower, Tall (Giant)
Tansey *
Tearthumb, Arrow-Leaved
Teasel *
Thistle, Bull *
Thistle, Canada *
Thistle, Nodding *
Touch-Me-Not, Pale
Touch-Me-Not, Spotted
Trefoil, Birdsfoot *
Valerian, Garden *
Vervain, White
Vetch, Cow * (Tufted V.)
Vetch, Narrow-leaved *
Violet, Canada
Violet, Common
Wall-Rocket, Narrow-Leaved * 
Wallrocket *
Watercress *
Witch Hazel
Wood Sorrel, Creeping
Wood Sorrel, Yellow
Wormwood, Sweet *

Yarrow, Common *

The * means that the plant is not native.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Tiny Spiders and Tiny Webs

            I have no idea how many tiny spider webs I have noticed in the grasses and low plants over the years. They seem to be most numerous in the fall or I seem to notice them more in the fall. 

            Anyway, this morning I had a closer look. There seem to be tiny spiders  under the webs. How could I have not noticed until this morning. I took several photos. This one seemed to be the best.

            I believe it is one of the "Sheetweb Weavers," and   possibly the spider called the Filmy Dome Spider (Neriene radiata).

Monday, September 21, 2015

The Three-Generations-Run

            I have been waiting, and hoping, for years for a three-generation-run. Sunday, September 20, 2015 was the day. Fleur-Ange and I drove up to Kingston, where my daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter live last Friday in preparation for the Sunday run. Sunday was the Terry Fox Run in Canada and we had, as I remember, 5 different Terry Fox Runs in the Kingston area to choose from with distances of 2,3,5, and 10 kilometres to choose from. Rosalee, my granddaughter, made the choice of a 5 kilometre run. That run was on Howe Island.

            Howe Island is the fourth largest of the "Thousand Islands" group that is at the end of Lake Ontario and the beginning of the St. Lawrence River. The island is almost 13 km long and 5 km wide.  At the western end of the island is Spithead Road with a loop at the  end. It is almost exactly 5 km to run to the end of the loop and back to the start. (It's in yellow on the map below.)


                                Danielle, Eric, Rosalee, Dean before the run.

            My granddaughter, Rosalee, and I left Danielle and Eric behind early in the run but Danielle was determined to catch up.

            Danielle caught up with us just where Fleur-Ange was taking photos at about the 3.5 km point in the run. Danielle stayed with us for about a kilometre but dropped back as Rosalee put on a burst of speed at the end of the run. I was just able to keep up with Rosalee until the last ten metres when she put on a final spurt that left me a bit behind her. (Actually, we had passed the 5 km point according to my Garmin but she did not know that.) My Garmin sports watch recorded us as finishing the 5 km at 35:37.0 in a pace of 7:07/km. I think that is an excellent run for a 7 year old and not too bad for a 72 year old either. Danielle came in about 45 seconds behind us.