Last season this plant started blooming in February and bloomed until April.
In 2007 I found it blooming on January 7th.
I think this is the earliest that I have ever found this plant blooming. I don't know if it will continue now that it's cold again.
I also found 4 other species blooming during the warm days of the weekend: Hairy Bittercress, Common Chickweed, Common Groundsel and the native Witch Hazel. The weather is doing strange things to plants.
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Last season this plant started blooming in February and bloomed until April.
Monday, December 29, 2008
The place where this Woolly Bear was crossing the dry, sunny sidewalk today was buried in over 60 cm of snow just a few days ago. The warm weather, rain, and high winds made most of the snow disappear in two days and not only did I find this caterpillar wandering about but I also found 5 species of wild flowers in bloom this morning.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
I've been looking for weeks and months for the photo of my first car and finally found it today while looking for something else. (Well, OK, it was my dad's first car but I got to drive it when I was young too.) Meanwhile, some of the other old, old, old photos of my grandfather are still missing.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
I wonder why my legs, back and arms are so sore. I have only shoveled this lane way twice in the last three days . . . and what is that white stuff coming down outside? (Yes, we could pay for a snow plow truck to come through but as long as I am able and still kind of enjoying it, I shall shovel. It means I can eat more for supper.)
Deep snow makes flower hunting difficult. I hope to find at least one species today in some bush but meanwhile, here are the remains of seeds and stalks of the White Avens. I put some in my pocket for a macro at home but forgot and put my mittens in too and ruined the specimen. Maybe later I can try again. They grow in several places on our property but not close to the house.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
My view to the east at 7:04 this morning.
For those of you in or near Canada, the special CBC2 "Joy to the World" Christmas music program in on from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. today. It plays not so traditional Christmas music from various locations. If you can't get CBC2 on your radio try the internet. Here is a brief description of where the music is coming from this year from the CBC blog:
"There are fourteen concerts broadcast in total, from the following places: Reykjavik (Iceland), St-Pölten (Austria), Lisbon (Portugal), Sofia (Bulgaria), Helsinki (Finland), Palo Alto (California, United States), Græsted (Denmark), Prague (Czech Republic), Oslo (Norway), Pécs (Hungary), Stockholm (Sweden), Warsaw (Poland), St-Arnual (Sarrebruck, Germany) and Quebec (Canada)."
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Last week Friday, December 5th, after spending at least 10 minutes scraping frost off of my car windows and then starting to drive down the road I saw an insect flying about inside my car. Yes, a mosquito. After doing some internet and book research I found its name: Anopheles punctipennis [anna-fo-leez ...punkt-ee-PENN-iss]. These mosquitoes live all over the U.S. and southern Canada and survive all winter as adults. They are most active in early spring and late fall. Sigh!
I am still waiting for the official results for this race. Meanwhile, this was how the start looked. I was at least 1200 Santa's back from the start as I did not want to get run over. As it turned out, I was too far back and spent a lot of time passing slower walkers and runners. It felt nice to be passing instead of always being passed however.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Tomorrow I get to run, with about 1500 other Santas. This evening I am trying to make the suit fit so I can run in it. (I can just see the problems of pants falling down in the middle of the race.) We all got jingle bells to put on our shoes too. Should be a bit of a giggle.
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
I took this photo last Friday before we had the snow. That being said, this flower will still be blooming today under the snow. i have found this flower blooming late into the winter whenever the snow melts and even under the snow. It is Common Groundsel or Senecio vulgaris.
Monday, December 08, 2008
Yesterday I aimed the camera east, today west. Reading left to right, the three evergreens are White Spruce, Colorado Blue Spruce, and White Cedar. The snow continues but the temperatures are going up and there is rain in the forecast for tomorrow so we will probably loose our snow. Meanwhile, I am enjoying the snow as it falls this morning.
Sunday, December 07, 2008
We finally have some snow on the ground. There is not a lot, compared to further north, but at least the ground is covered. This was taken from our upstairs window looking toward our east pond in the willows. In the lower left of the photo one can see our weather rock. White on top = snow !!!
Saturday, December 06, 2008
Thursday, December 04, 2008
These are very tiny flowers and hard to photograph. I really need to bring some home to put under the microscope. They are annuals growing only from seeds and bloom very late in the season. They are not native but come from Europe. I am almost certain that I saw them in Tuscany, Italy when I was there a few years ago and, I think, near the Venice airport too.
Saturday, December 6
I brought home part of this plant yesterday and found that I had misidentified it as Petty Spurge (Euphorbia peplus). It is really a Sun Spurge (Euphorbia helioscopia). It appears that I need to do a lot of record changing in my data base. Sigh! The previous comments are still true except I now do not know which spurge I saw in Tuscany, at the Venice airport, and here in southern Ontario. The genus, Euphorbia, is correct but the species name is in question.
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Monday, December 01, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Yes I wanted the horizon on a tilt.
These Tall Goldenrods are growing and blooming at the edge of the Hamilton Harbour and beside the Waterfront Trail. Special "Thank you," to the city of Hamilton for putting in this wonderful trail beside the harbour!
Photo was taken Friday, November 28, 2008. I also found 14 other late wild flower species while out walking on Friday.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
I took this yesterday, Friday, Nov. 28, before the snow began to fall again.
These Henbit buds will probably just wait for a sunny day to melt the snow and then, if the sun continues to shine, the buds may open for another late flowering. Meanwhile, I like the colour and details on the flower buds too on this late November day.
This is another alien plant that came over from Europe and western Asia.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
So today I learned that it would be better to order 10 bales of hay and have them delivered in the driveway about 75 metres away from the barn and then carry the bales, or use my little red wagon, to get them to the barn on six occasions rather than order 60 bales of hay and have the truck back down to the barn and get stuck and force about 2 hours of looking for a tractor to pull the truck out and still have 60 bales to carry into the barn to stack.
On the other hand, if we decide to get some ducks I do now have some long narrow ponds almost ready.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
OK, OK! It was my fault. I did not get the goats stall door closed properly and I forgot to shut the door that led into the hay and apple stores so Gerturde and Alice helped themselves to about 6 dozen apples that were supposed to be about a two months supply of Apple-a-day treats for the donkey. Sigh!
Oh yes, it snowed last night so the rest of the windfall apples are out of sight now.
I did manage to find a few apples before the snow got too deep.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Some people call this Burning Bush. (I wonder why.) It adds a lot of colour to our west meadow in November. It's real name is European Eunonymus or European Spindle Tree (Euonymus europaeus. [Fusain d'Europe in French]
Actually, in November of 2007 it did not have too much colour. I suspect it was because of heavy insect damage in the spring and a very dry summer. This year it is back to normal.
Monday, November 17, 2008
This Storksbill flower was one of sixty-three different species that I found blooming in and along the edges of Hamilton, Ontario last Friday, November 14. I think being in a low area, below an escarpment, and next to Lake Ontario keeps flowers blooming longer in this area. Also, there is a paved trail with street lights that goes next to the harbour. I think the combination of pavement heat, streetlights, and lake water also help keep the area warmer.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Really I had been meaning to finish digging the potatoes but somehow . . . the beginning of a snowfall moved me a bit faster. (Those of you who live in the city probably don't have to worry about this little chore but then do you know where your potatoes come from and what was put on them to make them grow?) This is local food that is really local. It was grown about 30 metres from the kitchen and fed with compost made from kitchen scraps.
This is the full sculpture that I disguised yesterday by taking a close up from the side. Actually, when I took the detail I did not realize what it would look like turned 90 degrees. I liked the result.
Yesterday's photo was taken from the left side of the sculpture looking behind the bent cattail leaves with shadows showing against the white wall.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
"Logie's Creek tumbles 41 metres [135 ft.] over the escarpment to form Tews Falls, just a few metres less in height than Niagara Falls. "
Information from the following site:
This is on one of my favourite walks in our area. I have been there several times a year for over 40 years now but it was just today that I found out the name of the creek that goes over the falls.
Monday, November 10, 2008
I don't like driving at night any more. I also don't like driving in, or near, Toronto. This was a modest bit of 8 lane highway. There are places on the 401 highway on the north side of Toronto where I have counted 20 lanes, 10 going each way. I prefer country roads where the grass grows down the middle but not I've not seen any of those for a few years.
Thursday, November 06, 2008
I was helping Eglantine hang her photo art show in Toronto yesterday and it took a lot longer than expected. We got to watch the sunset over the Toronto harbour area as we drove toward home. We drove west on Lakeshore Blvd. to get out of the centre of Toronto before hitting the Queen Elizabeth Way. Traffic was heavy for much of the way home so I got to take some photos from the slow moving car.
Monday, November 03, 2008
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I went to visit a donkey sanctuary today. There are currently 54 donkeys living there of all sizes and colours. It was a wonderful farm full of very friendly, happy donkeys plus a few mules, goats, sheep, a dog and a few humans too.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Not as good as a dragon but easier to find. Lycoperdon pyriforme or Pear-shaped Puffball is what it looks like in my Mushrooms of Ontario and Eastern Canada book by George Barron.
They usually come in multiples of 5 to 50 or so. I found this one on its own not far from a group of 8 and a few other singles and doubles.