21 09, 2022

The Devil’s Dipstick

2022-09-21T16:24:24-04:00Wednesday, September 21, 2022|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, fungi|

A friend called us over this afternoon to admire some "interesting" fungi growing in a wood-chip path in her garden. Very well worth the visit (nice to visit and chat anyway) because there was a large collection of fungi of the genus Mutinus. This genus being named after a phallic deity, Mutunus, one [...]

20 09, 2022

Wonderful Fungal Names

2022-09-20T19:14:07-04:00Tuesday, September 20, 2022|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, fungi|

Walking down the road earlier today we spotted - well, in truth, J spotted - two groups of fungi on the mown grass verge. It has rained in biblical amounts these past couple of days so fungi are everywhere. So - the reason for this post is that having (I think) identified [...]

16 09, 2022

Now in PRINT !!

2022-09-16T18:21:51-04:00Friday, September 16, 2022|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, Birding, birds, Book, wildflowers, wildlife|

Earlier this year, just in time for spring, I completed an early version of my book 1001 Species: A Natural History of a Small Town and offered it to the public as free PDF download. It enjoyed moderate success in the very small and rather niche market it was offered to and [...]

9 09, 2022

September Morning and Evening

2022-09-10T17:11:48-04:00Friday, September 9, 2022|Baie-D'Urfe, flowers, Garden|

It's been a busy week, but now it's a quiet Friday with just the bird feeders to replenish here in the garden. Here we see how the time of day changes the things we can see. There is always something to enjoy in a garden. [...]

3 09, 2022

Traffic Jam

2022-09-03T15:46:55-04:00Saturday, September 3, 2022|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, flowers, Garden, Insects|

There are two groups of plants that are always spoken of as "THE" obligatory species to grow in a wildlife garden - Asters and Golden Rod. Very hot and sunny this afternoon in the garden and ten minutes baking in front of a single Golden Rod produced these eight species. There were more [...]

3 09, 2022

Lascivious Fluttering

2022-09-03T14:53:10-04:00Saturday, September 3, 2022|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, Garden, Insects|

J, my irreplaceable and invaluable spotter of good things, directed me to these two Clouded Sulphur butterflies in the garden who were making merry, or even hay while the sun shines, on the New England Asters. Clearly they were intent on trying to make more butterflies. The rear butterfly is the male and [...]

26 08, 2022

Great Black Digger Wasp – Huge!

2022-08-26T14:14:58-04:00Friday, August 26, 2022|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, Garden, Insects|

Great Black Digger Wasp (Sphex pensylvanicus) J drew this to my attention. Normally I would pass this insect by, having tipped a hat to it as one does, as being just another mud-wasp which we often see beside the garden pond. But ... it was enormous, longer than my standard top-joint-of-the-thumb definition of [...]

22 08, 2022

Drinks Research … Suggestions for Grown-ups

2022-08-22T19:35:17-04:00Monday, August 22, 2022|climate, Drinks, wine|

Being a selfless sort of chap who strives to make the world a better place for my chums - and also ever more aware of the inability of the metabolism past 70 to handle more than a bit of alcohol I/we have been seeking out some non-alcoholic drinks for ourselves and our [...]

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