Sunday, October 23, 2016

Running and Wild Flowers

            So, I finished another long run yesterday. I ran 18 km on the streets, roads, and trails in the Brantford area. It will be the last long run before the Road-2-Hope Half Marathon that is coming up on November 6, two weeks from today.

            The leaves on the trail were very colourful and almost made me dizzy at times but they were not too slippery. My friend Chris ran with me and we ran just a few minutes slower than several others in the running club.

            In the afternoon, I cut down most of our Cup Plants. I put some of them into the fence line so birds could still get at the seeds and used some to make a bit of a wall in the trees. I wanted it to be an art piece but was not pleased with it enough to really call it art. Sometimes I need to be more patient with my work.

            Wild flowers that the dog and I found in bloom this morning are as follows:

Aster, Arrow-Leaved..(Symphyotrichum urophyllum)
Aster, Frost..................(Symphyotrichum pilosum)
Aster, Heath ...............(Symphyotrichum ericoides)
Aster, New England ...(Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)
Aster, Panicled ...........(Symphyotrichum lanceolatum)
Cinquefoil, Rough-Fruited..(Potentilla recta)
Clover, Red ................(Trifolium pratense)
Fleabane, Daisy...........(Erigeron annuus)
Goldenrod, Canada .....(Solidago canadensis)
Goldenrod, Tall ...........(Solidago altissima)
Harebell ......................(Campanula rotundifolia)
Herb Robert.................(Geranium robertianum)
Houseweed..................(Conyza canadensis)
Queen Anne's Lace......(Daucus carrot)

            Meanwhile, this seed head of Wild Basil caught my attention.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday, October 21

            And another day of rain. We need all we can get as we ran out of water in our well again this morning. Meanwhile it does make for fewer wild flowers in bloom. We only found 41 in bloom in the Hendrie Valley and around the edges of the formal flower gardens.

            We did have a treat in terms of "wild" pumpkins all over the Rose Garden and part of the Hendrie Valley today.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Wednesday Colours

So it is raining today, Thursday, but yesterday morning the colours were spectacular in the trees that still had leaves.

Beside one walnut, almost empty of leaves, were these catching the morning sun.

This ash tree was full of morning sunlight!

The elms and walnuts had lost most of their leaves but this sugar maple was showing through.

This black cherry was looking very  happy.

This part of the south ravine trail is almost at the west side of our property.

This little sumac could not decide which colour to turn.

I have almost daily photos of this scene that I want to make into a time lapse work sometime in the future. I have taken photos at almost the same location since late last winter.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Leaves from our walnut trees are rapidly disappearing.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Colours & Sounds

new north ravine trail
fall colours
sounds of 
"Spring" Peepers