Sunday, June 16, 2019

New Flower for Fleur-Ange and I . . .

            Last Thursday, on the Beckett Walkers walk, Fleur-Ange and I found a different flower. We thought it looked a bit like Wormseed Mustard but it was way too tall and the leaves looked different too. I spent an hour or so on the computer looking at various sites and came up with a name. I had collected a plant and kept it in a sealed plastic bag in the refrigerator until I could take it into the RBG Herbarium. There one of the summer staff took on the identification challenge and came up with a name. I was happy to find that his identification, via various web sites and use of the microscope, was the same as mine.

            Some Ontario sites do not list the flower and we only have one specimen in the RBG herbarium collected in 1980 from Thunder Bay. On the other hand, other Ontario sites say it is a common introduced plant found in various places around the province since 1941.

            Below are photos that I took of the Erysimum hieraciifolium or European Wallflower.
            Vélar à Feuilles d'épervière is the French name.

            I was pleased to see that a synonym was Tall Wormseed Mustard so our original thoughts were not that far off the mark.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

False Mermaid

            One flower that I look for every spring is called "False Mermaid". I found the plant in flower last Friday but did not get a wonderful photo. Nevertheless, here is the photo:

            OK, it is two photos. I did a close up of the flower as it is so small and then added it to the photo of the plant. Because of the lighting, I did not get good colours of the tiny white petals. In the close up the yellowish petal pointing down and left is one of the "white" petals and the others just look green like the sepals. Walter Muma has some better photos on his wild flower site:

            While looking for more information on the plant I found an excellent drawing of it on the Flora of North America site:

            The one bit of information that I was really looking for, on the internet and in the books on my shelves, I never did find. 

            Why did the flower get this name? If anyone has any information on this, please pass it along.

            I found, in my searching for information on this plant, that I had written about it one time before on this blog. . . . back on December 16, 2006:

Sunday, May 12, 2019

A New Flower or Two

            I have several new flowers to add to this blog. Here is the first one:

Found in the Dundas Valley
at this time of year.

Purple Cress - Newcomb Guide Name
Limestone Bittercress - Vascan name
Cardamine de Douglass - Vancan French
(Cardamine douglassii)

Close-up from different angle

Large-flowered Bellwort
Uvulaire à Grandes Fleurs
(Uvularia grandiflora)

Woodland Strawberry
Fraisier des Bois
(Fragaria versa)

Wild Strawberry
aka Common Strawberry
Frasier des Champs
(Fragaria virginiana)

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Yesterday's Flower - Today's Walk

We had rain, wind, and cool weather
yesterday but our Red Trillium
started blooming!

Red Trillium
Trille Rouge
(Trillium erectum)

Our walk with the Beckett Walkers today
was at the Sudden Tract.
Wet condition but not raining.
First Marsh Marigolds blooming.
Lots of Round-leaved Hepatica seen.
One Spicebush in bloom near the end of the walk.

We walked on the red trail, white trail
to the road, up the road to the intersection,
back to the yellow trail,
along the yellow trail to the blue,
and finished back on the white again.

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

More Leaves Showing

Rainy day today but some new leaves were showing.

Black Raspberry
Framboisier Noir
(Rubus occidetalis)

Sweet Viburnum
Viorne Flexible
(Viburnum lentago)

White Trillium
Trille Blanc
(Trillium grandiflorum)

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Two Friday Flowers

Giant Blue Cohosh
Caulophylle géant
(Caulophyllum gigantism)

Pétasite du japon
(Petasites japonicus)

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Two Bloodroot Photos

Sunday, April 21
RBG Arboretum

Tuesday, April 23
Rural Brant County

Sanguinaire du Canada
(Sanguinaria canadensis)

Monday, April 22, 2019

Sunday Flowers

            Some of the wild flowers found on the wilderness trails of the Royal Botanical Garden's Arboretum on Sunday, April 21 are as follows:

Narrow-leaved Spring Beauty
Clayton de Virginie
(Claytonia virginica)

Closer look at the Spring Beauty

Sharp-lobed Hepatica
Hépatique à lobes aigus
(Hepatica acutiloba)

Early Saxifrage
Saxifrage de Virginie
(Micranthes virginiensis)

This if from Monday, April 22nd in rural Brant County.
Willow species
Espèces de Saule
(Salix sp.)

Saturday, April 20, 2019

More Greens

Leaf bud from a Hawthorn Tree
(Crataegus sp.)

Leaf bud on an Apple Tree
(Malus sp.)

New Herb Robert Leaves
Géranium de Robert
(Geranium robertianum)

New Leaves of a Red-seeded Dandelion
Pissenlit à Graines Rouges
(Taraxicum erythrospermum)

Friday, April 19, 2019

The Leaves are Coming . . .

Leaves are opening up to greet the spring rains.

Lilac species
Lilas espèce
(Syringa sp)

Black Raspberry
Framboisier Noir
(Rubus occidentalis)

Honeysuckle species
Chèvrefeuille espèce
Lonicera sp

European Larch
Mélèze d'Europe
(Larix decidua)

Sweet Viburnum aka Nannyberry
Viorne flexible
(Viburnum lentago)

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Hearing Problems ?


            Had someone asked me, six months ago, if I had a hearing problem I would have said, “Yes, because so many sounds are too loud.” I always go to the side of the exercise room away from the speakers and, in some classes, I put in my swimming ear plugs to deaden the noise a bit. I do most of my birding by ear rather than by sight as I hear and recognize many bird calls. The spring frog songs almost hurt my ears with their volume. I have no difficulty hearing most conversations . . . if there is not a crowd around. 

            OK, so there is that little problem. One of the reasons that I took early retirement over 20 years ago now was because I was having more and more problems hearing individual children in the classroom over the general buzz of classroom noise. Currently it seems to me that Fleur-Ange is harder and harder for me to understand and my boss at one of my part time volunteer jobs also seems to mumble a lot. I can hear both of them but often cannot understand what they are saying. Then there is my computer driven French lessons where I often have no clue what the speaker is saying in French even though when I see the words written I have no difficulty understanding meaning.

            I went to an audiologist and had a hearing test done. It appears that I need hearing aids.

            So it appears that I cannot hear sounds with high pitches unless very loud with the greatest loss being in my left ear. (The X’s on the chart.)

            I now have new hearing aids. Some changes that I have noticed include the following:

I can now hear and understand most of what Fleur-Ange says to me;
The French sounds on my computer lessons are much sharper;
The dog’s nails make loud scratching sounds on the floor;
Pouring water into a glass makes a loud sound now;
I can hear the fabric of my socks as they slide onto my feet;
My raincoat and rain pants are really noisy when I put them on and walk;
Music has much clearer sounds;
The microwave makes a high static like sound that I have never heard before;
The American Woodcocks that I have not been hearing are now calling every morning;
The computer mouse makes a scratching sound as it moves on the desk;
Movement of paper or plastic makes a much louder sound now;
All sounds seem to be a bit more crisp and clear.
(My bank account has taken a rather large loss. Hoping for insurance help soon.)

            Overall the experience is much like that I had 70 years ago when I got my first eyeglasses and discovered that one could see pebbles on the ground, rocks in the pasture, and leaves on trees without moving closer to them. There is a whole new world out there to be discovered and enjoyed . . . or be annoyed about.

            I have not been to the gym yet with my new ears. Wondering what that will be like . . . .

Sunday, April 07, 2019

Hamilton's Around-the-Bay 30 k Race

Waiting to Start

Barb, Coach Ron, Coachette Wendy, Donna, Steve

Dave & Anita

Fleur-Ange & niece Heather

Heather on the way to start line

Start line in far distance from pedestrian overpass

Race starting . . . 

Here come the leaders

All the men and women that would finish
in the top 5 were in front

A closer look at women who finished in top 5

For 5 minutes the crowd of runners was this thick

Heather at beginning of the race

Donna about to go under the pedestrian bridge.
(I am the dark figure on the bridge.)

First to finish just seconds from new record
Daniel Kemoi - 1:32:57

2nd - Panuel Mkungo 1:34:08

3rd - Dylan Wykes 1:35:04

4th - Haron Sirma 1:35:54

5th - Jean Marie Vianney Uwajeneza 1:39:38

First Female to Finish
Mengistu Emebet 1:45:57

2nd Female - Dayna Pidhoresky 1:49:03

3rd Female - Salome Nyirarukundo 1:50:03

4th Female - Rachel Hannah 1:51:43

5th Woman - Krista Duchene 1:56:29

First of the Road Rebel Runners to finish
Anita Bosagri-Chevarie and Dave Schoenfeld

Heather Kingsley almost at end - finished 3:11:20

Heather in recovery mode

Fleur-Ange took all photos of top finishers,
 of Heather at start and finish, and of Donna on the street.
Dean took photos of Road Rebel Runners
and photos from the pedestrian bridge.