Before today, the earliest I had ever seen this plant blooming was September 18. It's the native shrub, Witch Hazel (Hamamélis de Virginie) which usually blooms in the fall. During the last few years I have found it blooming as late in the winter as February. I wonder what this year will bring after this early start.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
. . . gove over the Smooth Rock Falls, the waters are still very turbulent.
Photo from the bottom of the Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario dam.
Eglantine (i.e. Fleur-Ange) grew up near these falls and her grandfather, father, brother, and many cousins had worked at the Smooth Rock Falls pulp and paper mill before it closed down a few years ago.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
It's hard to believe that a mushroom could be so bright. I almost needed sunglasses to photograph this one. I believe it is a Waxcap (Hygrocybe of some sort. I am thinking it is Hygrocybe punicea. Scarlet Waxy Cap is one of the English common names for this mushroom. I found this mushroom on one of our cut trails that we have on our property in Southern Ontario near Brantford, Ontario.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Ontario Wanderer shows his dog, Calla, the tallest Queen Anne's Lace that he has ever found. It is 213 cm (7 ft.) tall. The field guide says it is normally 30 to 90 cm (1 to 3 ft.) tall. Lots of plants have grown to record heights with all the rain this year.
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Indian Pipe is a strange plant that appears to be more like a mushroom than a flowering plant. It gets it nourishment from fungi underground which in turn gets nourishment from trees. It has a variety of common names including Ice Plant, Corpse Plant and Fairy-smoke. For lots more information scroll down to the lower part of this site:
The plant is fairly rare and i don't find it every year but I have found several this year.
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
I am not too good at mushroom ID but I am fairly sure that this one is Amanita muscaria or Fly Agaric. It is one of the more poisonous mushrooms in our area. We have them on our property but I found this one beside one of the trails in the Royal Botanical Gardens Arboretum.
Monday, August 04, 2008
Sunday, August 03, 2008
Sculpture in the Royal Botanical Garden's Rose Garden by Laura Hollick. She has a $8,000.00 price tag on it. This is the final result of the "Work in Progress" that I put up a few days ago. She also has two other Journey Walkers and a Dragon in the series at the park.
Saturday, August 02, 2008
This Black-crowned Night-heron was sitting on the fishway at Cootes Paradise in Hamilton, Ontario. The fishway is a place where the canal between Lake Ontario and the Cootes Paradise marsh is fenced off with an underwater fence to stop carp from getting into the marsh area.