Hawks and Snow Mist

Temperatures have been up and down like a yo-yo recently and after a bit of snow last night this morning was one of the warmer times so the snow was giving off "snow mist" with a white hazy fog amongst the trees when we went out to see birds. A late lurking Tufted [...]

2021-12-16T17:37:16-05:00Thursday, December 16, 2021|Birding, birds, winter|

Winter Moths and Forest Artwork

Two Fascinating Findings this Morning. We took today’s walk (we make it a rule to walk somewhere every day - got to fight off this ageing business) in the Arboretum which apart from a couple of dog walkers we had to ourselves. When we set off along the trail there were ice [...]

2021-11-17T22:16:49-05:00Wednesday, November 17, 2021|arboretum, Insects|

Autumn Gold

Autumnal tree colour in Quebec is always spectacular but everything is late this year. Realizing that November is almost upon us, last night was the first frost and the weekend will be blattering rain we took a walk in the Arboretum this morning to catch what will probably be the last of the [...]

2021-10-29T15:37:26-04:00Friday, October 29, 2021|arboretum, autumn|

500 … and a change of pace

500 days ago I set myself the daily challenge of identifying and then sharing at least one different species of bird, insect, plant etc that I could find locally. Yesterday the number reached the 500 mark. My intention is to double that and reach at least 1000 species but no longer will I [...]

2021-07-18T11:09:17-04:00Sunday, July 18, 2021|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, birds, environment|

Time to Visit the Arboretum

I don’t think that we have been to the arboretum much since back in the autumn. Our cold-weather winter wandering is usually around the nearby bird banding station where we do a couple of shifts a week counting birds and filling feeders, and then this spring we have been busy getting our own [...]

2021-05-11T15:38:09-04:00Tuesday, May 11, 2021|arboretum, birds, environment, flowers|

Forest Walking

The End of Autumn We had thought that our last visit to the forest a couple of weeks ago would be the high spot of the tree colour this year but somehow the leaves have hung on and this morning's exercise found us walking under some more glorious golden trees. That and [...]

2020-12-06T14:25:18-05:00Friday, October 23, 2020|arboretum|

Golden Morning in the Arboretum

This is Thanksgiving Weekend in Canada and yesterday was our Golden Wedding - what better way to celebrate both than a walk in the golden light of the Arboretum. After 50 years our feet know the paths to follow rather well. [...]

2020-10-11T07:15:00-04:00Sunday, October 11, 2020|arboretum, trees|

Fungal Bonanza

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 [...]

2020-08-14T12:17:36-04:00Friday, August 14, 2020|1000 Species, arboretum, fungi|

Mid-Summer Sunset

Golden Light Three years ago a group of Arboretum volunteers created the "Canada 150 Trail" to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the creation of Canada.Quite by chance it was found this year that the Birch Alley that forms part of the trail is directly oriented towards the setting sun for the few [...]

2020-06-20T16:01:10-04:00Sunday, June 21, 2020|arboretum, Landscape, light|
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