Sunday, 23 August 2015

Frogs and more in Laurel Creek Conservation Area

Enjoying a walk through the conservation area. 
I noticed a great number of small frogs jumping and quickly trying to hide under plants.  
Got a few shots and later identified the cute little frogs as Northern Leopard Frogs. 
From Wikipedia....
The northern leopard frog is a species of leopard frog from the true frog family, 
native to parts of Canada and United States. It is the state amphibian of Minnesota and Vermont. 



Sunset...





Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn. 
Jeder Sonnenuntergang bringt das Versprechen einer neuen Dämmerung.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

The barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) - Die Rauchschwalbe

Pictures taken in Point Pelee Park, Leamington Ontario
August 13, 2015

The barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) is the most widespread species of swallow in the world.
It is a distinctive passerine bird with blue upperparts, a long, deeply forked tail and curved, pointed wings. 
It is found in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. 
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Die Rauchschwalbe (Hirundo rustica) ist eine Vogelart aus der Familie der Schwalben 
(Hirundinidae). Sie ist ein Zugvogel.





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Links and information:
Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barn_swallow

All about birds
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/barn_swallow/lifehistory


Monday, 17 August 2015

On my way to Point Pelee National Park -

On my way to Point Pelee National Park, Leamington Ontario....
I stopped and walked to the edge and ...
A beautiful view over Lake Erie with stunning cliffs presented itself.
Quote f
rom the Ontario Provincial Park nearby ...
Great birding opportunities in this 68 hectare park.
A trail with fifteen interpretive stops that leads through a century of old hardwood forest.
A 33 meter cliff overlooking Lake Erie.
Visitors can take a leisurely walk to the lookout high atop the Lake Erie bluffs
or picnic in the quiet shade of the forest canopy.
Definitely on my list for my next visit....
John E Pearce Park







 




Wednesday, 5 August 2015

University of Guelph Arboretum - flowers and Zen garden


The Guelph Arboretum offers a very interesting view of the large diversity in plants, trees and structures.
I have been always interested in botany, gardening and wildlife. 
The perfect place for me to enjoy a lovely summer day in The Guelph Arboretum. 

The Guelph Arboretum is set in old growth forests and meadow ecosystems in Guelph, Ontario. 
It has 8.2 km of trail over a span of 165 hectares. 
There are different trails offered, such as the Ivy Trail and the Trillium Trail. Includes 38 species of mammals,
 188 species of birds, 39 species of butterflies, 18 reptiles and amphibians as well as shrubs and trees.

The Arboretum offers a great diversity of habitats that meet the needs of a variety of wildlife. In the winter visitors may see opossum, coyote, fox, meadow vole and cottontail in the central area. Visitors can gaze into the middle of a soft maple swamp and catch sightings of fairy shrimp and other aquatic invertebrates. (wikipedia)












Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Poisonous invasive plants from the Parsley family


The Parsley Family includes some wonderful edible plants like the carrot and parsnip, plus more aromatic spices found in your spice cabinet, such as anise, celery, chervil, coriander, caraway, cumin, dill, fennel and of course, parsley.
But unlike the Mustard or Mint families, the Parsleys are not all safe for picking and eating. In fact, the Parsley family is among the most important families of plants to learn, since it includes the deadliest plants in North America: poison hemlock and water hemlock.
Conium maculatum (hemlock or poison hemlock) native to Europe and North Africa.
http://www.ontario.ca/document/wild-parsnip




Water Hemlock (Cicuta douglasii)
OTHER NAMES: Cowbane, poison parsnip, wild parsnip, snake root, 
snakeweed, spotted hemlock, poison hemlock.
This plant is extremely poisonous to people and livestock. 
The most poisonous parts are the roots and stem bases.




Giant Hogweed
This invasive noxious weed that has been declared a public health hazard 
because it is dangerous to both people and pets. 
I have seen the Giant Hogweed -  a very impressive, 
very tall plant with very large white flowers resembling Queen Anne's lace but much larger. 
See picture below...


Please do not touch the plant. 
The sap of of the Giant Hogweed plant is 
photo-reactive, so it does react with the sunlight. 
It can cause an intense burn right away or an intense blistering. 
Also, if you get it in your eyes, it can cause blindness temporarily or permanent."

More information can be found here:
http://www.invadingspecies.com/invaders/plants-terrestrial/giant-hogweed/
http://www.canadiangardening.com/how-to/pests-and-diseases/beware-of-giant-hogweed/a/31773
http://www.ontarioinvasiveplants.ca/files/unwantedlettersGiantHogweedFINALPRESS.pdf



Angelica archangelica (angelica) Angelica atropurpurea (American angelica, Purple angelica, Alexanders) Angelica polymorpha var. sinensis (Chinese angelica, dong quai) Angelica gigas (Korean angelica)


To compare the different plants ...
Angelica resembles the poisonous cow parsnip but the stem is green - purple, waxy with no fine hair.        
This summer-blooming wildflower of the carrot family apiaceae, is not poisonous, 
closely related to the garden plant Angelica archangelica that is used for culinary purposes,
 indeed, until the 20th century Wild Angelica was widely used as a vegetable and herbal medicine.      
           
   http://www.herbsociety.org/factsheets/angelica.pdf

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Used information and pictures from various sources  - including Wikipedia 

Wildflowers....along Walter Bean Trail - Rim Park Waterloo







Saturday, 18 July 2015

St. Jacob's Farmers Market - time to go shopping


I love to go to St. Jacob's Farmers Market 
located only 10 minutes from my new home...

The St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market is OPEN:

• Thursday and Saturday: 7 am - 3:30 pm, all year

• Tuesday Summer Market June 16 - September 1, 2015, 8 am - 3 pm






Mennonite woman in their traditional dresses can be seen selling local produce. 







For the meat lover --- lots of sausages and steaks 



Need potato chips with your barbecue ...many flavours to choose from...


Bought some fresh wild sockeye salmon from British Columbia...


Delicious with ice cream ...people line up to get some apple fritters including me.
The Fritter Company... 
Making apple fritters at the St. Jacobs Farmers' Market for 26 years.


  
Love the pretzels - warm and ready to eat!
Time to go home - we have a heat advisory in effect for the Province of Ontario.


Hot and humid conditions will continue through the weekend. Tonight will be a very warm night with overnight minimum temperatures in the 20 to 23 degree range. On Sunday, daytime highs will again be in the low 30s, with humidex values reaching around 40. The exception will be locales near the shorelines of the Great Lakes, where temperatures will be a few degrees cooler.




source: Environment Canada

© pictures by ghbach 07/2015