Thursday, 30 April 2015

Finally ...Spring has arrived!


"The world's favorite season is the spring. 
All things seem possible in May."
- Edwin Way Teale

After a long cold winter spring has finally arrived with sunshine and warmer temperatures.
I purchased the first flower baskets for my balcony to brighten up the space. 

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Never give up hope, spring will come. ..


Spring brings warmth and blossom of flowers. 
And I enjoy every minute of it.
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Der Frühling bringt Wärme und blühende Blumen.
Und ich genieße jede Minute davon.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Cold and windy day - Laurel Creek Conservation area


I walked along Laurel Lake - very cold wind blew in my face.
Where is spring?
                                                http://www.grandriver.ca/parks/laurel_tab.pdf

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Walter Bean Trailhead - Walk for Wildlife

Sunday morning...

Continued my 'Walk for Wildlife' along the Walter Bean Trailhead and Grey Silo Golf Course.

Added another 8 km and received my first pledge of $20.00
Hope to raise $100.00 or more.
Thank you Martin, I really appreciate your support.

Pledges in my name Gisela H Bach can be made here:
Canadian Wildlife Federation http://cwf-fcf.org/en/donate/

RIM Park is a 500-acre (2 km²) city park facility on the northeast side of the city of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, close to the neighbourhood of Eastbridge. Key facilities and features include the Manulife Financial Sportsplex and Healthy Living Centre, the heritage Mennonite Martin farm, and the Grey Silo Golf Course.  The eastern edge of the park borders on the Grand River for 1.5 km. (Wikipedia)


Sunday, 19 April 2015

Nordic Walking around Victoria Park, Kitchener, Ontario


A beautiful spring morning ...

I joined a new group of Nordic Walkers to explore the area around Victoria Park and Lake.
Victoria Park is the oldest and most centrally located park in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. 

Situated in the heart of downtown Kitchener, Victoria Park is home to numerous events and festivities. The Park underwent extensive renovation and landscaping and is now enjoyed by residents and wildlife as well. 

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Ein schöner Frühlingsmorgen ...

Ich trat eine neuer Gruppe von Nordic Walkers bei,  erkundete die Gegend rund um den Victoria Park und See.
Victoria Park ist der älteste und am meisten zentral gelegene Park in Kitchener, Ontario, Kanada.
Gelegen im Herzen von Downtown Kitchener, Victoria Park ist die Heimat, zahlreicher Veranstaltungen und Feierlichkeiten. Der Park unterging umfangreichen Renovierungen und Landschaftsgestaltungen und wird jetzt von Anwohnern und Wildtieren genossen.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Spring flowers and nature walk - Columbia Lake, City of Waterloo


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  I continued with my 'Walk for Wildlife' and visited Columbia Lake, City of Waterloo.
Spring flowers greeted me when I arrived at Columbia Lake, attached to the University of Waterloo.               

              The lake is man-made and features wild flowers, grasses, 
birds and other wildlife. 



Below the collage shows signs of a Beaver on a fallen tree. 
Beavers are more than intriguing animals with flat tails and lustrous fur. 

Perhaps one day I can observe one.
On old tree stumps I found TurkeyTail fungi (Trametes versicolour).






I really like Teasel - Dipsacus sylvestris 
a beautiful wildflower in spring, summer and fall. 
I found this excellent website to help me identifying local wildflowers.
http://www.wildflowersofontario.ca/ by author John Wright 



"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks."
- John Muir
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photographs by Gisela H Bach 04/2015
                             

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Spring walk for Canadian Wildlife Federation...

'Walk for Wildlife' in Laurel Creek Conservation Area...
On a warm and sunny day I started my walks in this beautiful park.

There are 4.5 kilometers of hiking trails at Laurel Creek,
including those through the woods and by the reservoir.
I managed 4 km some times through very wet and muddy areas. 
Loved my walk ...
Interested? Need more info?
http://www.grandriver.ca/Parks/YourGuideGrandRiverParks2015.pdf




Found some lichens and polypore fungi...





I searched for solitude and found it here...

Solitude, though it may be silent as light, is like light, 

the mightiest of agencies; for solitude is essential to 

man. All men come into this world alone 

and leave it alone.
- Thomas De Quincey


Monday, 13 April 2015

Bougainvilleas at Altos de Chavon, La Romana, Dominican Republic

My collage of bougainvillea presents pictures from my recent trip to the Dominican Republic.
Bougainvilleas are popular ornamental plants in most areas with warm climates. 
Although it is frost-sensitive and hardy, bougainvillea can be used as a houseplant or hanging basket in cooler climates. Many cultivars, including double-flowered and variegated, are available.
Many of today's bougainvillea are the result of interbreeding among only three out of the eighteen South American species recognized by botanists. Currently, there are over 300 varieties of bougainvillea around the world.
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Das Verbreitungsgebiet der Gattung Bougainvillea erstreckt sich von den ecuadorianischen Anden, Nordamerika, Carribean bis über das mittlere Brasilien hinaus.
In Europa eingeführt wurde die Art aus Ägypten durch den international erfolgreichen und ausgezeichneten deutschen Gärtnermeister und Züchter Karl Ruser.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Agaves...Strikingly beautiful, spectacular and impressive...

While agave (pronounced ah-GAH-vay) is best recognized as the plant from which tequila is made, it has also been used for thousands of years as an ingredient in food. The nectar made from the plant is known in Mexico as aguamiel, or "honey water."
The Aztecs prized the agave as a gift from the gods and used the liquid from its core to flavor foods and drinks. Now, due to increasing awareness of agave nectar's many beneficial properties, it is becoming the preferred sweetener of health conscious consumers, doctors, and natural foods cooks alike.

Here is a  recipe I have always enjoyed while vacationing in Cozumel, Mexico.

Agave Mojito 
3 oz. white rum  
2 Tbsp. light agave nectar  
3 Tbsp. fresh squeezed lime juice (approx. 2 limes)  
40 spearmint leaves  
1 can (12 oz.)chilled club soda  
1 dozen ice cubes  

1) Place rum, agave nectar, lime juice and mint in small bowl and crush mint with pestle or back of a spoon. If desired, sample mixture at this point and adjust sweetness balance to taste.
2 )Strain mixture, pressing excess moisture from mint. Divide between two glasses (approx. 2.5 fl. oz. per glass)
3) Add 6 fl. oz. of club soda to each glass and add ice to fill.
Garnish with mint sprig and/or lime wedge.
Servings: 2
Yield: 2 drinks, approx. 9 oz. each
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Ready in: 5 minutes



Chiefly Mexican, agaves are also native to the southern and western United States and central and tropical South America. They are succulents with a large rosette of thick, fleshy leaves, each ending generally in a sharp point and with a spiny margin; the stout stem is usually short, the leaves apparently springing from the root. Along with plants from the related genus Yucca, various Agave species are popular ornamental plants.
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Das Verbreitungsgebiet der Agaven erstreckt sich vom Süden der Vereinigten Staaten durch ganz Mittelamerika (einschließlich der gesamten Karibik) bis nach Panama und reicht bis in das nördliche Südamerika (Kolumbien und Venezuela) hinein. Die größte Artenvielfalt ist in den mexikanischen Bundesstaaten Hidalgo, Puebla und Oaxaca anzutreffen. Agaven werden weltweit in tropischen, subtropischen und frostfreien Klimaten kultiviert und sind in den entsprechenden Ländern oft eingebürgert.
Wenn ich an Agaven denke, verbinde ich diese sehr beindruckenden Pflanzen, mit Mexiko und Tequila wie z. B. Agave Mojito. Rezept steht oben. Bereits die Ureinwohner Mexikos rösteten oder backten Blütenknospen und Agavenblätter, die sich durch ihren hohen Gehalt an Zucker auszeichnen. Agavendicksaft wird aus der Cabeza oder Piña, dem nach dem Abschlagen der Blätter zurückbleibenden Stamm, gewonnen.
Pulque, das Nationalgetränk Mexikos, wird durch Vergärung des als Aguamiel bezeichneten Agavensaftes hergestellt. Große ökonomische Bedeutung für Mexiko hat derTequila, der ausschließlich aus der Blauen Agave (Agave tequilana) gewonnen wird. 
Eine Sonderform ist der Mezcal, für dessen Herstellung weniger strenge Qualitätsregeln gelten als für den Tequila.



Beautiful and stunning flowers of Alpinia purpurata - red ginger - pink cone ginger


Alpinia purpurata, red ginger, also called ostrich plume and pink cone ginger, are native Malaysian plants with showy flowers on long brightly colored red bracts. They look like the bloom, but the true flower is the small white flower on top.
It has cultivars called Jungle King and Jungle Queen. Red Ginger grows in Hawaii and many other Caribbean islands It is also found in Samoa, where it is the national flower, and is locally called "teuila.
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Alpinia purpurata ist eine Pflanzenart aus der Gattung Alpinia in der Familie der Ingwergewächse (Zingiberaceae). Sie wird in tropischen Parks und Gärten als Zierpflanze verwendet. Die Blütenstände werden als Schnittblumen gehandelt.
Die ursprünglich aus Papua Neuguinea, Neukaledonien, den Salomonen und Vanuatu stammende Alpinia purpurata ist heute in vielen tropischen Regionen verbreitet, wie zum Beispiel auf Hawaii und Puerto Rico. 
My pictures are from the Samana and La Romana, Dominican Republic.
Information Wikipedia

Friday, 3 April 2015

Happy Easter...

         
                        I hope this holiday fills your heart and your home with love and joy. 


Thursday, 2 April 2015


The Hispaniolan lizard cuckoo (Coccyzus longirostris) is a species of cuckoo in the Cuculidae family. It is found in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.
Information from Wikipedia.
Background  picture taken with Samsung phone..

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Sea Lavender, Argusia gnaphalodes (Boraginaceae) Bay Lavender, Beach Heliotrope, Sea Rosemary


Photographed this flowering plant in Bayahibe, La Romana, Dominican Republic.

Like many times before I take a picture of a very interesting plant. 
Later at home try to identify the plant and post it on my blog. 

This time I found Sea lavender is native to Southeast Florida, the Bahamas, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and other islands of the Caribbean. It has been introduced to and now naturalized in Hawaii, extreme Southern California, and other regions throughout the tropical world. 
Sea lavender is a shoreline erosion control plant.
For more information go this link from the University of Florida, USA
Sea Lavender, Arqusia gnaphalodes

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Fotgrafierte diese blühende Pflance in Bayahibe, La Romana, Dominican Republic.


Friday, 27 March 2015

Malpighia emarginata - acerola, Barbados cherry, West Indian cherry and wild crepe myrtle.




Another very interesting small tree I discovered while walking along the beach...



Common names include acerola, Barbados cherry, West Indian cherry and wild crepe myrtle.
Acerola is native to South America, southern Mexico, and Central America, but is now also being grown as far north as Texas and in subtropical areas of Asia, such as India. It is known for being extremely rich in vitamin C, it also contains vitamins A, B1, B2, and B3, as well as carotenoids and bioflavonoids, which provide important nutritive value and have antioxidant uses. The vitamin C produced by the fruit is better absorbed by humans than synthetic ascorbic acid.
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Gemeinsame Namen sind Acerola, Barbados Kirsche, Westindische Kirsche und wilde Myrte.
Acerolakirsche stammt aus Südamerika, südliches Mexiko und Mittelamerika, wird aber jetzt auch nördlich von Texas angebaut und in den subtropischen Gebieten Asiens, wie zum Beispiel in Indien. Acerola ist sehr reich an Vitamin C, auch für die Vitamine A, B1, B2 und B3, sowie Carotinoide und Bioflavonoide und haben eine antioxidative Wirkung.
 Das Vitamin-C aus der Frucht wird besser absorbiert von Menschen, als synthetische Ascorbinsäure.

Morinda citrifolia - Noni - Indischer Maulbeerbaum

I discovered the Noni tree during our vacation 2011 in Las Terrenas, Samana D.R. 
and again 2015 in Bayahibe, La Romana D.R. 
A truly interesting tree with white flowers and fruit. 

Morinda citrifolia is a tree in the coffee family, Rubiaceae. Its native range extends through Southeast Asia and Australasia, and the species is now cultivated throughout the tropics and widely naturalised.
English common names include great morinda, Indian mulberry, noni, beach mulberry, and cheese fruit.




Der Nonibaum (Morinda citrifolia L., Syn.: Morinda bracteata Roxb.) ist eine Pflanzenart aus der Gattung Morinda innerhalb der Familie der Rötegewächse(Rubiaceae). Die Noni ist die Frucht des Nonibaumes. In englischer Sprache gibt es den Trivialnamen „Indian mulberry“ genannt, dies wird manchmal als „Indischer Maulbeerstrauch“ oder „Indischer Maulbeerbaum“ wiedergegeben.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

My shell wreath ...with shells from a beach in the Dominican Republic

I have created many wreath in the past.
But my favourite wreath is the one with shells I found on a deserted beach...
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Ich habe viele Kränze kreiert in den vergangenen Jahren.
Aber mein Lieblingskranz ist derjenige mit Muscheln, die ich an einem verlassenen Strand fand...

My shell wreath ....
Mein Muschelkranz...

Cordia sebestena - Geiger tree

Another very interesting find in Bayahibe, 
La Romana Dominican Republic.... Cordia sebestena - Geiger tree

Cordia sebestena is a species of flowering plant in the borage family, Boraginaceae, that is native to the American tropics. It ranges from southern Florida in the United States and The Bahamas southwards throughout Central America and the Greater Antilles. Common names include siricote or kopté (Mayan) in 19th Century northern Yucatán, scarlet cordia on Jamaica, and Geiger Tree (after Key West wrecker John Geiger) in Florida. Please visit this  link:  Geiger Tree
Cordia sebestena has dark green, oval shaped leaves, and grows oval shaped fruits that are edible, but not flavorful. Cordia sebestena tolerates drought but not frost.

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Cordia Sebestena gehört zur Gattung der Boraginaceae und ist in den amerikaischen Tropenländern verbreitet, sowie den Bahamas, Zentral Amerika und der Karibik. Die orangen Blüten sind sehr attraktiv, ovale dunkelgrüne Blätter und die Früchte sind essbar, aber nicht sehr schmakhaft. Trockenheit ist kein Problem, aber frost empfindlich. 
Der Name Geiger Baum stammt von Captain John Geiger, er baute sein Haus in Key West, Florida. USA. Linked to ...Geiger Baum in Key West, Florida

Buttercup tree - Cochlospernum vitifolium - Butterblumenbaum


Cochlospernum vitifolium
Buttercup tree, or Silk Cottontree ranges from Mexico to Northern South America.
However, it has been planted in gardens all over the tropics.
Silk Cottontree flowers are pollinated by the many bees that frequent them during the day. Its seeds are wind dispersed, with the tree taking advantage of the last stiff breezes of the late dry season.


Der Butterblumenbaum (Cochlospermum vitifolium), auch Hahnenfussbaum oder Wilde Baumwolle genannt, ist eine Pflanzenart aus der GattungSchneckensamenbäume (Cochlospermum) innerhalb der Familie der Annattogewächse (Bixaceae). Er ist in Mittelamerika, von Mexiko bis Panama, und im nördlichen Südamerika weitverbreitet. Er kommt in seiner Heimat im feuchten und trockenen Biotopen des Tieflandes und in Bergen in Höhenlagen von bis zu 1000 Metern vor. Er wird in den gesamten Tropen als Zierpflanze verwendet.
 Information from various sources including Wikipedia.
Pictures by Gisela Bach 2015 Bayahibe, La Romana Dominican Republic.

Cananga odorata, commonly called ylang-ylang

Another very interesting tree I discovered during my stay in Bayahibe, La Romana D.R.

Cananga odorata, commonly called ylang-ylang (/ˈlæŋ ˈlæŋ/ ee-lang-ee-lang), cananga tree, ilang-ilang, kenanga in Indonesian, fragrant cananga, Macassar-oil plant or perfume tree, is a tropical tree which originates from the Philippines and is valued for its perfume. The essential oil derived from the flowers is used in aromatherapy.
Ylang-Ylang (Cananga odorata) ist eine Pflanzenart aus der Familie der Annonengewächse (Annonaceae).
Der Name wird sowohl für die ganze Pflanze als auch für die Blüten verwendet. Ylang-Ylang bedeutet auf Malaysisch „Blume der Blumen“. Ylang-Ylang stammt ursprünglich von den Philippinen und aus Indonesien. Heute wird er jedoch auch in Madagaskar, Sumatra and other countries zur Gewinnung des Ylang-Ylang-Öls kultiviert.
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 Information from various sources including Wikipedia.
Pictures by Gisela Bach 2015 Bayahibe, La Romana Dominican Republic.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Tecoma stan - Yellow elder - Gelbe Trompetenblume


Tecoma stans is a species of flowering perennial shrub in the trumpet vine family, Bignoniaceae, that is native to the Americas. Common names include yellow trumpetbush, yellow bells, yellow elder, ginger-thomas. Tecoma stans is the official flower of the United States Virgin Islands and the floral emblem of the Bahamas.
The flowers attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.

 The plant produces pods containing yellow seeds with papery wings. The plant is desirable fodder when it grows in fields grazed by livestock. Yellow trumpetbush is a ruderal species, readily colonizing disturbed, rocky, sandy, and cleared land and occasionally becoming an invasive weed

The leaves and roots of the plant contain bioactive compounds, especially monoterpenes, which may have medicinal uses; honey bees are attracted to it, but-unlike most flowering plants the honey produced from yellow trumpetbush's nectar/pollen is poisonous. Considered as very invasive in many areas.
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Die Gelbe Trompetenblume (Tecoma stans), manchmal auch als Gelber Trompetenbaum oder Gelber Trompetenstrauch bezeichnet, ist eine Pflanzenart aus der Familie der Trompetenbaumgewächse (Bignoniaceae).

Die Heimat der Gelben Trompetenblume reicht von Mexiko bis Peru. Heute wird sie als Zierpflanze in den gesamten Tropen angepflanzt.

Die Gelbe Trompetenblume wächst als immergrüner Strauch oder kleiner Baum, und erreicht Wuchshöhen von 6 bis 9 Meter. Die gegenständigen Blätter sind unpaarig gefiedert, mit 3 bis 13 gesägten, 8 bis 10 cm langen Fiederblättchen.

Die goldgelben Blüten stehen in Büscheln an den Zweigenden, sind glockig-trichterförmig, fünflappig (dabei schwach zweilippig), im Schlund oft rötlich geädert und 3,5 bis 8,5 cm lang.

Früchte der Gelben Trompetenblume. Die Früchte gehen aus zwei Fruchtblättern hervor und sind bis zu 25 cm lange, schmale Kapseln. In meinem Foto oben kann man die trockenen Samenstände sehen.
Die Gelbe Trompetenblume hat sich in den tropischen Küstenregionen Polynesiens und Australiens, dort vor allem im Norden von Queensland, als invasive Art erwiesen und stark ausgebreitet.
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Information from various sources including Wikipedia.
Pictures by Gisela Bach 2015 Bayahibe, La Romana Dominican Republic.

From my last vacation...Wax jambu (Syzygium javanicum)

From my last trip to the Bayahibe, Dominican Republic... 
Besides enjoying the warm of the sun and swimming in the ocean
I love to explore the beautiful surroundings, the garden with many unknown flowers and trees.
Here is my first very interesting discovery: Wax jambu
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Von meinem letzten Trip zu Bayahibe, Dominikanische Republik ...
Ich erfreute mich an der warmen Sonne und Schwimmen im Ozean.
Ich liebe es, die herrliche Umgebung zu erforschen, 
die Gärten mit den vielen, unbekannten Blumen und Bäumen.
Hier ist meine erste Entdeckung: Wax jambu 


Wax jambu with red is also known as rose apple, makopa and java apple.

Looks like a pear shaped fruit with waxy skin. 

The fruit is juicy with a slightly sweet taste similar to that of an apple.
Syzygium samarangense is a tropical tree growing to 12 m tall, 
with evergreen leaves 10–25 cm long and 5–10 cm broad. 
The flowers are white, 2.5 cm diameter, with four petals and numerous stamens. 
The fruit is a bell-shaped, edible berry, with colors ranging from white, pale 
green, or green to red, purple, or crimson, to deep purple or even black, 4–6 cm long in wild 
plants. 

The flowers and resulting fruit are not limited to the axis of the leaves, and can appear 

on nearly any point on the surface of the trunk and branches. When mature, the tree is 

considered a heavy bearer, yielding a crop of up to 700 fruits.
(wikipedia)



Wax jambu auch als Javaapfel bekannt, hat eine glockenförmige Frucht, weist je nach Sorte unterschiedliche Farben auf, von Weiß über Blassgrün und Grün bis hin zu Hell- und Dunkelrot bis hin zu einem ans Schwarze grenzende Tiefrot. 
Die Länge der Früchte beträgt in der Natur 4 bis 6 Zentimeter. 
Das helle Fruchtfleisch hat einen hohen Wassergehalt.
Auch bekannt als wax apple, love apple, java apple, royal apple, bell fruit (or bellfruit), Jamaican apple, water apple, mountain apple, cloud apple, wax jambu, and rose apple. 
(wikipedia)



Information from various sources including Wikipedia.
Pictures by Gisela Bach 2015 Bayahibe, La Romana Dominican Republic.

Monday, 2 February 2015

Meine Kränze - My wreath


During the last years I created many different wreath from different materials 
I found in our garden or while walking along Lake Ontario.
Always enjoyed to the view the final wreath.

I agree with John Updike who wrote...

 "Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or doing it better." 

                                                  Please enjoy the pictures of my wreath. 





Monday, 26 January 2015