Friday, 2 December 2016

Pinery Provincial Park, Lake Huron

Just before the cold weather I visited the Pinery Provincial Park on Lake Huron.
I fell in love with this park ....just look at my pictures...
Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion 
to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. 
- Albert Einstein

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Oncopeltus fasciatus - large milkweed bug

Oncopeltus fasciatus, known as the large milkweed bug, is a medium-sized hemipteran (true bug) of the family Lygaeidae. It is distributed throughout North America.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Mushrooms Galore from Georgian Bay, Ontario

Georgian Bay is a large bay of Lake Huron, located entirely within Ontario, Canada. 
The main body of the bay lies east of the Bruce Peninsula and Manitoulin Island. 

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Monday, 19 September 2016

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Kolb Park, Kitchener


The Trail will run 76 kilometers in the proximity of the Grand River through Kitchener, ... 
The Kolb Family in Waterloo deeded the land now known as Kolb Park.

Point Clark Lighthouse National Historic Site

Standing guard on the shores of Lake Huron, the Point Clark Lighthouse, built between 1855 and 1859, is part of an important system of “Imperial” lighthouses on Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. Visit the still-functioning 24 m/78 ft limestone tower to see the 12-sided lantern that shines a bright light on the historical significance of lighthouses to Great Lakes navigation. 

Hackberry Psyllids - Pachypsylla

Recently discovered in my neighbourhood.

Jumping plant lice or psyllids form the family Psyllidae of small plant-feeding insects that tend to be very host-specific, i.e. each plant-louse species only feeds on one plant species (monophagous) or feeds on a few closely related plants (oligophagous). Together with aphids, phylloxerans, scale insects and whiteflies, they form the group called Sternorrhyncha, which is considered to be the most "primitive" group within the true bugs (Hemiptera). (wikipedia)


                                                       Hackberry Psyllid - Pachypsylla

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

1000 posts and counting??

1000 blog posts and counting?

To what shall I compare this life of ours?
         Even before I can say
         it is like a lightning flash or a dewdrop
         it is no more.
                           -    Sengai

Seems to me not so long ago that I started to write in my blog about 
our garden in Guildwood, flowers, garden books, my trips, invasive plants and insects. 
Invasive plants including Dog-strangling vines   
(black swallowwort and pale swallowwort ) and Phragmites (common reed or European Reed)
threatening Ontario’s biodiversity 
Insects especially the Emerald Ashborer EAB (Agrilus planipennis) 
destroying thousands of trees in Ontario and Quebec.
Another very invasive beetle the Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) creating havoc in our gardens.
I wrote about the  environment, my concern about pollution and started cleanups
along our shoreline of Lake Ontario and parks in 2007
Discovered the first lichens in our parks and I started to learn more about them.
Nature fascinated me more and more...
The garden blogger community around the world inspired me to create new spaces around our house.
I am very grateful for your visits and thank you for your comments.
Facebook, Pinterest and other social platforms have replaced many blogs but
I believe that there is room for a blog like mine showing how beautiful our nature is.

The collages below - a small collection of pictures from the past 10 years ... enjoy!!

Point Pelee National Park,  Leamington, Ontario

 Kincardine on Lake Huron, Ontario 

"Laetus in praesens animus quod ultra est oderit curare et amara lento temperet risu. 

Nihil est ab omni parte beatum. 
Joyful let the soul be in the present, let it disdain to trouble about what is beyond 
and temper bitterness with a laugh. 
Nothing is blessed forever."

-  Horace

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Lichens from Halland, Sweden - first collage...

One of my hobbies is to find, photograph and identify lichens...
Here is a small selection of lichens I found during my trip in Sweden.

From my Sweden trip to Smögen

                                 Smögen is a beautiful small village with breath taking views. 
                                               Located in Västra Götaland County, Sweden 
                                 It is one of the liveliest "summer towns" of the Swedish west coast. 

Getterön - Naturum... a great place for bird watchers

Getterön is one of Northern Europe´s fantastic bird sites,
located  about 2 km north of the centre of Varberg, 
in the province of Halland, west coast of Sweden. 
The wetlands are an eldorado for bird and bird watchers.
 About 170 species regularly breed or rest here during migration. 
In addition to these, a large number of migrating birds visit. 
Over 300 species have been recorded at the Getterön Naturum centre.
The nature centre features viewing stations allowing visitors 
the use of bird watching and  spotting scopes.

City of Varberg, Sweden 

Wednesday, 29 June 2016