Welcome Yule – Winter Solstice

Today is the Winter Solstice ... From this day onwards the daylight hours will start to lengthen and we can know that spring is coming, even if not quite yet. We celebrate Christmas along with everyone else as we have done for seven decades and more, but this is the day that [...]

2022-12-21T10:36:21-05:00Wednesday, December 21, 2022|christmas, light, winter, World|

Spring on the Forest Floor

We spent this sunny morning wandering in the arboretum. The leaves have barely started to appear until the last day or two and so the forest floor is covered with ephemeral species flowers and simply glorious. It will only be like this for a week or so now and the weather forecast [...]

2022-05-05T15:05:45-04:00Thursday, May 5, 2022|arboretum, Birding, birds, canada, flowers, spring|

The Episodic Garden (15 April)

Now we are in the middle of April the days, and most nights, are above freezing - albeit not by much today. There is up to 15cm of snow currently forecast for next Tuesday, but if it arrives it won't stick around long as the forecast is for somewhat warmer days afterwards. [...]

2022-04-17T12:29:54-04:00Friday, April 15, 2022|Baie-D'Urfe, flowers, Garden|

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|


Bloodroot Yesterday there were the very first signs of Sanguinaria shoots pushing up through the cold earth. Today there are extensive clumps of green "fingers" and the first evidence of folded flowers. Almost there.

2021-04-07T18:53:37-04:00Wednesday, April 7, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe, flowers, Garden|

Easter Hare – Wild Peace

The above image is a ceramic plaque that we purchased years ago from a gallery in Suffolk. The quotation, I discovered, is only a part of the original (by Yehuda Amichai, an Israeli poet)   Not the peace of a cease-fire not even the vision of the wolf and the lamb, [...]

2021-04-04T10:16:25-04:00Sunday, April 4, 2021|Garden, Seasons|


Sambucus canadensis Canadian Elder ... or whatever common name happens to be used in the area you happen to be ** For anyone interested in photography, this image was composed from seven separate photographs at different stacked focus planes to achieve without any out of focus features. Some of the [...]

2021-03-30T12:47:24-04:00Tuesday, March 30, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe, Garden, plants, trees|
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