Sunday, October 14, 2018

Some Fall Colours

I did another  l o n g  training run yesterday for my attempt at a marathon in November. I ran 36.7 k on trails along the Grand River. I had support for the last 20 k from another runner in my running group, Ian Slater. As I ran the first 16 k on my own, I saw three deer and managed to get a photo of one with my iPhone.

During the morning, while I was out running, Fleur-Ange got this wonderful photo of a Blue Jay just outside our kitchen window at our bird feeder.

The fall colours do not seem a bright as some years but Fleur-Ange and I both enjoyed the colours just east of our house as we had our morning coffee on the east porch.

I used the telephoto lens on the Canon camera to shrink the distances among these trees and I think the colours were increased too. This is from the north ravine trail on our property.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Tuesday Sunrise

I put this photo up on Instagram and Facebook and got more interest than any other photo that I have recently shared so I thought I should share it here too so I can find it when I want to. Photos on Instagram usually stick around but Facebook is notorious for always moving things around so one cannot find what one is looking for. (Have I ended enough sentences in prepositions to make all of my English teachers turn over in their graves?)

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Friday Flowers

On my October 5th wild flower walks in the Hamilton area, I walked in the Royal Botanical Garden's Arboretum "wild" trails and along the Hamilton Waterfront Trail near Princess Point. During the walk I found 71 wild flowers in bloom and was able to identify 70 or them. The one that I could not identify was growing in the middle of a patch of Poison Ivy. It looked like a polygonum of some sort but it did not match any of the plants in my book.

Following are some of the plants that I photographed:

Calico Aster
Aster Latériflore
(Symphyotrichum lateriflorum)

 New England Aster with close up lens
Aster de Nouvelle-Angleterre
(Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

 Wild Chicory
Chicorée Sauvage
(Cichorium intybus)

Indian Tobacco
Lobélie Gonflée
(Lobelia inflata)

Stramoine Commune
(Datura stramonium)

Jerusalem Artichoke
(Helianthus tuberosus)

The Jerusalem Artichoke leaves and stems are known for their extreme roughness as one can see in the photo.

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Mount Douglas - September 19

On our first full day in Victoria, British Columbia, I went exploring near the house where we were staying with friends. Within a 20 minute walk I found what the locals call "Mount Doug". The trail map, which I did not have at the time, shows some of the many trails that lead up and around the "mountain". It was only 225 metres (738 feet) tall but quite rugged in spots. The trails marked in  yellow below show my route up and back on that first climb.

According to Wikipedia, "The aboriginal Saanich and Songhees people called the mountain Pkols [pq̕áls], meaning "White Head" in Senćoŧen dialect." There is an appeal to try to get the original name back on the records.

At the base of the mountain there were many tall Douglas Firs, Bigleaf Maples and Cedars as well as a variety of smaller trees. They were impressive but it was impossible to capture the feeling of them with a camera.

Below are two views from the top of Mount Douglas.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

From September 18, 2018

We flew to Victoria, British Columbia on September 18. The "Victoria" airport is actually 25 k from Victoria in Sidney. When we arrived, we had lunch at a local pub and then walked to a local art centre where a display of papier mâché pieces were showing.