Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Remember - Erinnerung an Maxi 2001 -2015

 Maxi loved his garden ... Maxi liebte seinen Garten...

Maximus
2001 -  2015 
11 month ago Heinz left us both.
Today you followed him
It broke my heart to lose you 
But you did not go alone.
For part of me went with you
The day you left for heaven.
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Vor 11 Monaten hat Heinz uns verlassen.
Heute bist Du ihm gefolgt
Es brach mein Herz Dich zu verlieren
Aber Du bist nicht allein gegangen
Ein Teil von mir ging mit Dir 
An dem Tag Du gingst in den Himmel.



Monday, 18 May 2015

Victoria Day weekend - Elmira Lions Trail...

Celebrating Victoria Day with 
a beautiful Sunday morning walk around 

Lions Lake Trail/Woolwich Reservoir, Floradale, Ontario.
When Queen Victoria died in 1901, 
Parliament made her birthday an annual holiday.

I really enjoyed my 7 km walk through lovely forested areas.

Discovered wildflowers, Dryad's Saddle, Polyporus Squamosus fungi and 
beautiful views over the Woolwich Reservoir. 





http://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/trails/view/elmira-lions-lake-trail
http://www.hember.ca/hikes/Floradale/index.html

Dryad's Saddle, Polyporus Squamosus fungi

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Mallard or wild duck - Stockente (Anas platyrhynchos) - Waterloo Park


Yesterday I walked through Waterloo Park along the boardwalk. 
Discovered proud mallard parents taking their little offspring for a swim on Silver Lake.

Mallard

The mallard  or wild duck (Anas platyrhynchos) is a dabbling duck which breeds throughout the temperate and subtropical Americas, Europe, Asia, and North Africa, and has been introduced to New Zealand, Australia, Peru, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, the Falkland Islands and South Africa. This duck belongs to the subfamily Anatinae of the waterfowl family Anatidae.

The male birds (drakes) have a glossy green head and are grey on wings and belly, while the females have mainly brown-speckled plumage. Mallards live in wetlands, eat water plants and small animals, and are gregarious. This species is the ancestor of most breeds of domestic ducks.



The mallard duck below made a nest on a very busy street in front of the

Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, on Caroline Street in Waterloo.

I hope for the best...



Die Stockente (Anas platyrhynchos) ist eine Vogelart aus der Familie der Entenvögel (Anatidae).
Die Stockente ist die größte und am häufigsten vorkommende Schwimmente Europas und die Stammform der Hausente. Ausgewachsene Männchen im Balzkleid sind mit ihrem grünmetallischen Kopf, dem gelben Schnabel und dem weißen Halsring unverwechselbar, die Weibchen sind unscheinbarer hellbraun.
Stockenten kommen im größten Teil Eurasiens, im äußersten Norden Afrikas sowie weiten Teilen Nordamerikas vor und sind auf Neuseeland und in Australien als Brutvogel eingeführt. Ihre Häufigkeit ist darauf zurückzuführen, dass sie sowohl hinsichtlich ihrer Brutplätze als auch ihrer 
Aufenthaltsorte wenig anspruchsvoll sind, sofern irgendeine Art von Gewässer vorhanden ist.


Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Barbarea vulgaris - Bittercress - Winterkresse



    Barbarea vulgaris
    Barbarea vulgaris, also called as bittercress, herb barbara, rocketcress, yellow rocketcress, winter rocket, and wound rocket, is a biennial herb of the genus Barbarea, belonging to the family Brassicaceae. 

    *************Die Winterkresse (Barbarea vulgaris), auch Barbarakraut, genauer Gewöhnliches Barbarakraut oder Echtes Barbarakraut genannt, ist eine Pflanzenart in der Familie der Kreuzblütler (Brassicaceae). Die Winterkresse kann als Salat oder Gemüse verwendet werden und ihr wird in der Naturheilkunde eine blutreinigende Wirkung nachgesagt.




(Wikipedia) - pictures ghbach 05/2015

False Solomon's Seal, Maianthemum racemosum

  1. False Solomon's Seal, Solomon's plume 
  2. Maianthemum racemosum is a species of flowering plant native to North America. It is a common, widespread plant known from every US state except Hawaii, and from every Canadian province and territory except Nunavut, as well as from Mexico. (Wikipedia)
  3. ********************
  4. Eine weitverbreitete Wildblume in Nordamerica, jeder Kanadischen Provinz, 
  5. nicht in Nunavut, aber in Mexiko.









"False Solomon's Seal, Golden Seal, Job's Tears, Solomon's Plume, Treacle Berry, 
Wild Spikenard, Zigzag"




Thursday, 7 May 2015

Morning walk in Hillside Park, Waterloo



Before joining the Nordic Pole Walking Meetup group I walked down

a lovely path and up the hill, to search for wildflowers.
Here are some of my pictures I took this morning.
Enjoy!!








Sunday, 3 May 2015

Royal Botanical Gardens Burlington - first visit on May 3, 2015

        Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington is about one hour drive from my home.
Here are my first pictures. Many spring flowers are not in full bloom.
Perhaps during my next visit I can enjoy more colourful flowers.





 Sciadopitys verticillatakoyamaki
or Japanese umbrella, pine brella Pine tree 

Metasequoia glyptostroboides

Surprised a red fox sleeping in the sun close to cedars.
Loved to see the fox.



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.
*******
Der Frühling bringt Wärme und blühende Blumen.
Und ich genieße jede Minute davon.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

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


Participation - Teilnehmen ...
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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