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West Island Wildlife #1

Thursday, September 24, 2020|Categories: 1000 Species, Magazine|Tags: , , , |

West Island Wildlife #1 A new venture ...  A 14 page illustrated "webzine" to introduce readers to the amazing variety of wildlife and plants to be found in the green spaces, parks and gardens of the West Island of Montreal. This is the first of what is hoped to become an occasional series of seasonal publications - [...]

Wet Day

Sunday, September 20, 2020|Categories: Landscape|Tags: |

No particular reason to share this photograph other than that I like it.  This was some 30+ years ago in the middle of Bordeaux ... it was a truly wet day to go sightseeing.

Fungal Bonanza

Friday, August 14, 2020|Categories: 1000 Species, arboretum, fungi|Tags: , |

That time of year again A couple of days ago we took our exercise in the arboretum (again) and found the trail we were exploring to be leading us past one after another after another "mushroom" which were popping up and spore shedding everywhere we looked. There will be more in the coming weeks, but this day gained [...]

Afternoon Snack

Saturday, August 8, 2020|Categories: 1000 Species, Insects|Tags: , , |

Common Yellow Garden Spider (Argiope aurantia) About this time of year we start to enjoy the big webs and bright yellow bodies of the Yellow Garden Spider. Today we found one busily wrapping up a snack she had caught in her web ... hard to tell, but just possibly a Japanese Beetle. Hope so. The fresh meal [...]

Embed – Imbed – (In Bed?)

Tuesday, August 4, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous, Pondering|Tags: , |

Being susceptible one morning this week to a little pedantry I happened across the word IMbed in a leaflet from Birkenstock about the tiny-bubble infested poly-substance they make they wonderful gardening clogs from. IMbed, the little man at the back of my brain squealed!! Philistines, the word is Embed. Harrumph. Well it was raining outside so I [...]

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