Thursday, April 16, 2015

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

Participation - Teilnehmen ... Austria Australia Australia

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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. by author John Wright 

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

Wednesday, April 15, 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?

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, April 13, 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.

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.