Saturday, May 31, 2008


Opening, originally uploaded by Ontario Wanderer.

Both Meadow Goatsbeard (Tragopogon pratensis ssp.pratensis) and Yellow Goatsbeard (Tragopogon dubius) have opened in the last two days in our area of southern Ontario. This photo of Meadow Goatsbeard was taken May 30 in our west meadow.

Friday, May 30, 2008


Flight, originally uploaded by Ontario Wanderer.

We found this hawkmoth on our quince bush yesterday. It was perched for the day and did not move as I took several photos.

Saturday, May 24, 2008


Inspiration, originally uploaded by Ontario Wanderer.

Églantine is inspired . . . and always an inspiration!

Photo taken at Ruthven Park, a National Historic site about 50 km from our home near Cayuga, Ontario on the Grand River.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Trillium or Quadrillium

Trillium or Quadrillium, originally uploaded by Ontario Wanderer.

During my first year of teaching I did an environmental studies unit on wild flowers and had the grade one children look at Trillium photos and draw their own version. When we walked to the nearby woods to look at wild flowers the first thing they saw was a Trillium with 4 petals and four leaves instead of the usual 3. I have only seen Trilliums with 4 petals two or three times since that time over 30 years ago. We found this one yesterday.

White Trillium
Trille blanc
Trillium grandiflorum
[TRIL-ee-um gran-dih-FLOR-um]
Genus = Trillium
Colour = White
Shape = normally 3 regualr petals
Family = Liliaceae (Lily)
Location = Ontario
43.17 N 79,52 W

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Forecast - Rain

Forecast - Rain, originally uploaded by Ontario Wanderer.

I was attracted to the many stripes of colour in the pre-dawn sky but the camera just could not get them this morning.

Friday, May 16, 2008

You Are What You Eat

You Are What You Eat, originally uploaded by Ontario Wanderer.

Thanks to Eglantine for the title! (I was thinking of "Alice in Wonderland" but it would only work if you knew that Alice is one of our goats.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Watch Out

Watch Out, originally uploaded by Ontario Wanderer.

OK, who asked for wood ticks to move this far north?

Sunday, May 11, 2008

MOM, Guess Who Is Outside!

Leroy went visiting the neighbour girl as she often visits him and he wanted to return the favour.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Feeling More at Home

Feeling More at Home, originally uploaded by Ontario Wanderer.

We've had some crying (braying, hee-HAW, hee-HAW, hee-HAW, hee-HAW, hee-HAW) but in general Leroy is feeling more at home after nearly a week with us.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Welcome Leroy

Welcome Leroy, originally uploaded by Ontario Wanderer.

Part, but only part, of the reason I've not been blogging much lately is because I was fencing. We have added a donkey to the group of animals living with us and he needed a pasture to roam in. I have about 1/3 fenced in now and need to continue but at least he has some place to graze for now with the goats.