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
http://www.shorelinecleanup.ca/en/award
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 
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"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
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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.
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http://www.lichen.com/

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

Monday, 27 June 2016

Long Point Provincial Park, Ontario - great weekend..


http://www.ontarioparks.com/park/longpoint

Fourth oldest Provincial Park in Ontario (Est. 1921)
Over 1.5 km sandy beach on the warm waters of Lake Erie
Excellent fishing and boating opportunities in Long Point Bay
One of the largest bird and waterfowl migration and staging areas in North America
Located within a designated World Biosphere Reserve

Long Point ist ein sandiger Landstreifen im nördlichen Bereich des Eriesees
Dieser gehört zum Norfolk County in der kanadischen Provinz Ontario
Der Landstreifen ist etwa 40 km lang und bis zu einen Kilometer breit.



Sunday, 8 May 2016

Stunning Elora Gorge - a visit

  
Many more trails to discover:


Ferns and mosses covering rocks and large boulders,
as well as lichens.


Sunday, 24 April 2016

Monday, 11 April 2016

I am walking for wildlife...

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