Monday, August 28, 2006

Shooting Stars

I don't know what the real name of these flowers are. I've been told they are called shooting stars - which seems apt. It turns out that this plant is a nightshade (Bitter or Deadly Nightshade to be exact) as I expected at least according to this website: Andy's Northern Ontario Wildflowers.

Wildflower Gallery

Andy's Wildflowers - Northern Ontario

Ontario Wildflowers

Wildflowers of Ontario

Wildflowers and Other Flora

Guelph Aboretum Flower Gallery

Noxious Weed Control Program

I included a few wildflower links above.

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Feather Duster Flower

Softness bends bobbing -
The wind dusting river banks
Sun stained pollen motes Posted by Picasa

Gindigo Gink!

Aside from being my new favourite colour and a long standing favourite tree. We had one in Thunder Bay - part myth (well real enough that a mere mortal (aka me) managed to snag a leaf on the eve of my graduation) and anywho.

Momentous events this week

I finally finished "A Short History of Nearly Everything" by Bill Bryson. I started it last fall and have been reading it a few pages at a time in the Salle de Bain for the last 10 months. Don't get me wrong -its a fantastic book detailing the history of science particularly in the last 400 years as well as the myriad theories and truths we've uncovered over the period. Fantastic book. Hard to put down - but I've been rationing books lately.

Next - I also finished Kushiel's Scion after again wistfully gazing at it on the shelf for 2 months. It didn't last nearly as long as the other - because one simply can not put Jacqueline Carey's books down once they are started. She is simply a wonderful author, a story teller and a human and a poet.

Meanwhile, I've been frantically reading stuff for school and trying to learn as much as I can. Gabe has been incredibly patient with my stressing, spazzing, zoning and general iratibility and busyness.

Ginko leaves always seemed lucky to me. Its a rare species that would be extinct if not for the tender care of humans. Hopefully their luck is contagious.

Anywho, I'm off to learn about surveying and survey equipment.


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Friday, August 25, 2006

A Brush of Grass

Grass is just a cool plant - one rarely appreciates just how many species are around and how neat their "flowers" are.

Gabe is playing a droney podcast in the background - and I'm labeling photos from my fieldwork.

Wish me luck with my boredom.


Burnished brush of grass -
Stalks wind with many fine wings
For distant lovers Posted by Picasa

Gnarled hand reaching
From shadowed earth to grim sky -
Winter's grasp threatens Posted by Picasa

Garden Spider's Lunch

This enormormous and somewhat intimidating spider was busy packaging a grasshopper lunch for later. Posted by Picasa

Surveying Under Stormy Skys

Cattail Soldiers stand
Watch stormy sky from damp trench
For Signs of Terror Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Love at First Hike

Here is the love of my life shortly after we first met when I dragged him up Mount Katadyn less than 1 week after we starting dating(or thinking about dating at any rate) which was more or less when we met. (Technically we met at a party at the end of August then didn't see each other for a month).

So it was definately love at first hike, if not sight. Heck, I was just glad that he was still talking to me after the 12 mile hike to the summit and back (Actually I think it was 12 miles in both direction and those directions would be straight up and straight down.)

I would recommend the trip to anyone - to the park if not up the most popular and possibly grueling trail in the park. There are lots of trails and I'd love to go back and hike some other ones - they sound great and its one of those places with presense. There is a sense of ancient peace and remoteness unrivaled even in Central Ontario.




Oh, in other news I have my photos updated until March 2006 - that leaves just April and May to complete! Posted by Picasa

The Tree King

Ancient father king
Gestures at the cobalt sky
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The Last Days Of August

As always, it amazes me how quickly the days pass and all of the sudden the summer is near over and school is officially started. The picture was taken on one of the first of our family's traditional summer camping trips (this one to Killarny). I love this fiery maple clinging to the rock crevices blazing while everyone else is still green. (Although this likely doesn't bode well for the tree's health, it did make a nice photo.) This year's trip is to Algonquin with the primary goal of taking Gabe to a wolf howl. They don't always work out, but knock on wood, hopefully this year is a good one for the wolves and us.

The excitement of this week includes the purchase of the first season of Due South - the best Canadian TV show ever. I can't wait to make my family watch it - giving me an excuse to watch it again.

In other exciting news. . . I'm getting ready for my field work season - I suspect that the next few weeks are going to be crazy. I'm currently reading up on methods to assess the effect of woody debris on the channel roughness and flow properties. Its been an interesting topic, but leaves me worried about the existing base of knowledge. But, from an ecology point of view, it is cool stuff.

Solitary tree -
Cool fire on burning rock
Harbringer of fall

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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Brunswick St

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Sumac in Snow

Feather white dancers
Scatter, a graceful ballet
To silent music Posted by Picasa

Here is one of my favourite pictures of the church

Here is the picture I was thinking of when I started putting pictures up of the church. There are even better pictures I took this October day - the first snow fall of 2003 maybe. Posted by Picasa

Monday, August 21, 2006

Rusty Autumn Days - Church from Head Hall

I suppose I didn't take any good fall pictures of the church with my digital, I'll have to go back and find my real pictures from the first few years there.

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November. from the other side

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Fredericton Blues

The above picture is of the Christ Church Cathedral (Anglican Church actually) - a prominant landmark in Fredericton's Riverside Downtown area. This picture was taken when there was still enough snow on the ground to call it winter, but warm enough to wear only a fleece. It looks great in all seasons, but I suspect my favourite pictures of this landmark are taken in the fall.

Otherwise, I've gotten out of th habit of blogging or have become even more busy than I was before if that was possible. The "weekend" was productive with Gabe and I finishing painting the doors outside, helping my mom grocery shop, walking the dog, exercising, helping Geoff with the basement and visiting my Grandparents and Uncle Stevie. To top it off, I broke down and started reading Kushiel's Scion by Jacqueline Carey. So far I'm blown away by the wonderful story telling of the author, but I've put it down for the day to read about Coarse woody debris and its impacts on fluvial geomorhpology and flow in German Streams. Its been tough, but at least it was a pretty good paper.


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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Blog Status Update

As you can see, my blog is back to posting and the pictures seem to be staying sight. I am slowly working through my old posts and updating the photo links to the new server. This is why my cluster map has such a great variety of international hits. Once I'm done updating the old posts, I'm sure my international hits will drop off and my Canadian hits will increase. I have relinked August, July, June, November and December so far, although there are several missing files for May and June that are simply not on the server yet. I'll let everyone know when everything is back in order. A big thank you to GEOFF for all of his help getting me moved to the new server and all my bugs sorted out. I'm starting to get HTML, and I hope to learn more of it as I go - so maybe some neat stuff will happen to my blog. In the mean time, I'll just have to figure out pivot tables and nested conditional statements for excel.



Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Blurry Winter Vegetation

Well, my reason for picking this picture (Alma - Upper Salmon River) may or may not have to do with the litany of Chuck Norris Comments I've just been deluged with. Hopefully, I won't recieve a round house kick to the head. Posted by Picasa

Double Take

Still at Cape Enrage with Gabe and his doppleganger.

We were trying to take pictures of a snowshoe hare in the twilight, but without much luck. This was about the best picture that came out of that bunch.

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Cape Enrage

Evening coolness
Dusts the red hills - the rock bones
Of New Brunswick's soul Posted by Picasa

Esoteric thoughts on Regent Street

Another fall 2004 picture of Fredericton - looking towards the Regent and Beaverbrook intersection.

As for the esoteric thoughts, they began as a side ponder on bravery and another on how the topography and ecology of where you grew up shapes your personality -- i.e. What kind of person would I be if I lived on the praries or on a mountain or in a desert. Of course, nothing is that simple, but I personally identify very strongly with forested places - so a lack of trees would definately change who I am, maybe not in an important way.

Its an interesting thing to wonder about, but then you get to thinking about all the other variables that shape a personality - family, socioeconomic status, faith, technology, pop culture... I'm as much a product of the 1990's as I am the forest and more a product of my family than I am either. Who would I be if there were no such things as computers? Given my struggles with spelling and writing legibly I somehow doubt that I would have chosen the career path I have without the aid of computers and spell checkers to enable me to overcome those challenges.

I'm the last generation to go through highschool without the internet, but one of the first to go to university with it. Is that a dividing line? Do I see my world differently because information wasn't always a google away? Is that how the first generation of motor vehicle dominated transport felt? That one day, no one would know what it was like to depend on a horse or your own feet for getting from A to B? Although that transition happened slower - did they ever miss the good old days, free from noisy cars or the sound of hooves on cobblestones?


Only thoughts I supose, but so much goes into creating and recreating the person you are - that it's mind boggling to try to tease out which strands are most important.

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The beginning of the big bang of Jenn photos

This is one of the first pictures taht I took with my digital camera (thus the beginning of an explosive increase in the number of photos I take).

Its taken in downtown Fredericton in mid October. It looks like a populus or a linden.

I miss down town Fredericton. You can't feel safe the same why here.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Swim of the Loon

Loons - I think the thing I miss the most not being up at Doe Lake this summer is the haunting sound of a loon call as I'm falling asleep.

They are strange birds. Amazingly talented swimmers and divers, yet limited flyers as a result. They are not particularly showy, but there is a beauty that they have just in their simplicity and shear wildness.

A melody haunts
The aurora's laughter soars
Among the star gods

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Falling Over the Escarpment

This spot has scandolous memories for me - which I won't share, because I wasn't involved in any scandolous behavior. It was also one of the places we visited when I was doing my guide hiking badge - where I got started on my love of backpacking and canoeing. Posted by Picasa

Monday, August 14, 2006

Sunglasses on a rainy day!

In my defense, I was driving west about the same time that the sun was setting and the rain had recently ended.


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