An intermittent journal from west of Montreal containing short comments and featured photographs, mostly relating to botanical, wildlife and landscape subjects. A recurrent topic is gardening for wildlife.

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** The most recent five posts are below. Earlier posts can be found on the Journal page linked to bin the menu above.

1008, 2021

The Flying Lobster

Tuesday, August 10, 2021|Categories: Baie-D'Urfe, Garden, Insects|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Snowberry Clearwing (Hummingbird) Moth Today is impossibly hot with blazing sun and a humidex of >40C ... on the other hand, these conditions brought this wonderful moth out to play amongst our phlox flowers. Hemaris diffinis The moth is not quite as large as a Hummingbird but easy to confuse at a glance and its flight patterns [...]

908, 2021

Black & White Admiral

Monday, August 9, 2021|Categories: Baie-D'Urfe, Insects|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Realizing that I had a good photograph of a White Admiral butterfly, an insect that is more black than white, I wondered what it would look like in monochrome. This is the result - quite pleasing, especially as it was sitting on a white flower at the time. This was taken almost a year ago to the day [...]

808, 2021

Knowing the Neighbours

Sunday, August 8, 2021|Categories: commentary, Garden, wildlife|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

I am not a person who appreciates, or usually understands, poetry beyond Ogden Nash and the Horatio on the Bridge sort of thing. But there are exceptions. Many friends and readers of this journal will have noted that I enjoy wildlifing on my "patch", which is to say I like to go out regularly and meet the [...]

708, 2021

Small Town Biodiversity

Saturday, August 7, 2021|Categories: 1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, birds, conservation, plants|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

IS THIS THE ‘MOST BIODIVERSE” COMMUNITY IN CANADA For a five day period that took in last weekend we took part in a Canada-wide “Bioblitz” organized by the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Canadian Wildlife Federation. We (and our little town of Baie-D’Urfé) came within a whisker of being the top species counters in all of [...]

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