A wild flower from a wild flower walk at Ruthven Park National Historic Site near Cayuga, Ontario. Ontario Wanderer was the walk leader. (Note that one can see the flower nectar in the bottom of the spur of the flower.)
Sunday, September 28, 2008
One of my favourite activities is eating breakfast. I get to make about 90 % of the breakfasts because I am the first one up and hungry.
Onions & garlic, potatoes, tomatoes, fried with eggs in olive oil in the old cast iron frypan. Yumm, I am getting hungry again.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
This is one of 111 wild flowers that I found on a 3 1/2 hour walk yesterday. It was the first day that it felt a lot like fall with clouds and cooler temperatures. Now if it would only get cool enough to get rid of the mosquitoes that still are a plague I would be a lot happier.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I love the almost neon glow of the Silky Dogwood berries at this time of year. This photo still does not quite capture the beauty of these berries. As soon as they are ripe, they will all disappear. So far, I can enjoy them every morning as I walk by the shrubs but soon they will be bird breakfasts.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Every morning when I walk into the barn this is the first face I see. (She has lots of Enchanters Nightshade seeds caught up in the hair around her face and is not keen on my taking them off.)
Gertrude has an amazing appitite and eats almost all of our leftover vegetables from our meals. Alice, our other Angora, is more picky about her diet. Trying to keep her youthful figure?
Monday, September 22, 2008
" Outside, there is the stirring of birds among the leaves,...the sigh and sob of the wind coming down from the hills, and wandering round the silent house, as though it feared to wake the sleepers, and yet must need sall forth sleep from her purple cave. Veil after veil of thin dusky gauze is lifted, and by degrees the forms and colours of things are restored to them, and we watch the dawn remaking the world in its antique pattern."
--- from The Picture of Dorian Gray; by Oscar Wilde
And the song of the Chickadee, Phoebe, Jay, and Crow add their music to the dawn.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
According to one source that I read this morning the seeds of the beggartick are so prone to attaching themselves to passing animals that even "migrating salamanders" have seeds attached to them. (Meanwhile, I did not know that salamanders migrated. I wonder from where to where. Anybody know?)
We have two species of beggartick growing on our property but this one is from the Royal Botanical Gardens.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
This is another flower that has changed families within the last few years. It is currently placed in the Plantaginaceae or Plantain family according to the 2008 publication of Mabberley's Plant-Book from Cambridge University Press.
I am hoping re revitalize my blog with more plant and other nature observations. Time will tell if what I want is what I have time to do.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
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Monday, September 08, 2008
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Since the microscope is out and hooked up, I thought I should look at a few more flowers. This one is Solanum ptychanthum and will have black berries. That's why the "black" nightshade got its name in spite of the white and yellow flowers. The actual size of the flower is less than 1 cm ( 4 in).
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Many people are allergic to the pollen from Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia ). Since it blooms the same time as the showier Goldenrod, the Goldenrod often gets the blame. Goldenrod pollen is fairly heavy and sticky and does not go far. According to once source that I read, Ragweed pollen can travel up to 400 miles (640 km). It is also abundant as each plant can produce up to a billion pollen grains. [Information from John Eastman's The Book of Field and Roadside.]