Tuesday, July 31, 2007
MMMMMMarried and Carried Away
Pine Point Beach
I've totally fallen in love with Deep River. Its a beautiful town - makes me with I was qualified to work for the AECL. One day perhaps.
Labels: Deep River
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Butterflies in Deep River
So I've completed my journey to Deep River for the wedding. It involved freezing my feet in the Wilmot to get some data (silly girl - rain boots would have been a good idea), meeting the head gardener of Marmora, Shopping in Arden and a lot of wandering around downtown in Ottawa and a yummy steak sandwich. I even got to try out my funky bathing suit.
This was taken this morning by the Ottawa River... I hope that it stays dry... The sky doesn't bode well for this afternoon. Cross your fingers...
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Visions of Cataract
Just upstream from Belfountain is this charming stretch of the credit river winding through a meadow. Encrusted with the jewels of a thousand jewelwings and decked in flowers and trees - it was a treat to spend a few days there.
I have to admit that the name of this one eludes me and I haven't had a chance to look it up. I'm yawning and trying to look forward to another day in a chilly lab - but I'm excited about my trip this weekend and a chance to visit with a bunch of people I haven't seen in a while - which is of couse why it has to coincide with the one weekend this summer that my best friend happens to be in town. I guess there isn't much to be done except eventually visit her later. Well, I'm not free until this assignment is done... so no more procrastinating.
I hope the chinese man with the facial tumour is recovering well. We're the same age. It shocks me that he hasn't had medical treatment already. Disfigurement is horrible enough, but the impacts on his health and well being were surely enough to warrent intervention years ago. I guess I should double count my lucky stars - to be relatively healthy and live in a country with public health care. It amazes me the terrible things that people suffer through.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Another cool plant that I haven't seen often. It was growing on a rock outcrop near the lake. I had a tough time getting my camera to focus on it for some reason. The foliage is light green and interestingly fingered. This was at our second break on the hike. One bad thing about the hike is that there are lots of places to stop near the beginning, but we had to do most of the second half without stopping especially with the rather ravenous bug population tormenting us to hike faster, nevermind stop.
Dwarf Rattlesnake Plantain
Here is another shot of Silent Lake during the day - this red pine valiently clinging to the rock as it leans gracefully over the water. Our 15 km hike was pretty good - but I think it would have been even better in the fall with all the hardwood trees turning colour amongst patches of green (hemlocks, pines etc). Besides.. unlike some other provinces I know - this part of Ontario is generally bug free in September.
Sunset Over Silent Lake Provincial Park
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Silent Lake Camping Trip
I've returned from Silent Lake via Bobcaygeon, Fenalon Falls, Mount Albert, Sharon, Bolton and Whaley's Corners to name a few towns. I feel revived after spending a weekend doing things I was good at... camping, hiking and canoeing. We did a pretty grueling 15 km hike and a pleasant canoe from Silent Lake to Quiet Lake - which oddly enough lived up to their names. I didn't take nearly enough pictures and I'm sure another week in the woods would be healing, but work calls, so back to the city am I... and now off to bed too. More pictures to be posted tomorrow.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Evinrude Has Mighty Mouthparts
Man... I wouldn't want to get bitten by a mouth like that - okay... I don't really fancy human teethmarks on me either. I though Erin might get a kick out of this one.
Prepare for Launch - Launch for Lunch
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Wings over water
Today the jewelwings adorned the riverside bushes like sparkling berries - flocks of them galvanting in the grass and weeds - chasing each other relentlessly. I'll post a couple more pictures too... I also think I saw a flying squirrel, but it was well up a tree so I couldn't see it well and the pictures were painfully blurry.
Strange and Mysterious Leaf
Its been suggested that this is wild rhubarb, but that doesn't jive with what I expect wild rhubard to look like. Does anyone have another suggestion?
Labels: Field Work
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
The Beaver Engineer
This dam appeared fresh and well constructed, however the area behind the dam did not have many trees standing in the water, so even if this dam is new, I doubt it is the first time this area has been backed up behind one. We didn't see any beaver's but I saw a red fox on Saturday and we did meet the mom of a Lakehead Hockey player.
Hilton Falls on Vacation in a Scenic Backwater Area
I did some hiking this weekend. I can say that it did me a good bit of good to get out and move. I enjoy the wildflowers at Kelso and hanging out with an old friend at Hilton. However, I was shocked when I saw the falls - I've never seen them to a point where they were reduced to such a bare trickle. The mystery was solved when we found a freshly and tidily built Beaver Dam creating this large meadow. Now I know that there are historically beavers in the area (owing to the existance of a beaver pond trail there, but apparently this entire pond did not exist earlier in the season. It made for a pretty scene though. Yesterday I had a great day in the field, sucessfully completing some tasks that I've been wanting to do for a while. It worked out well, and now I cross my fingers that now glitches pop up in the future.
Have a good day.. get outside.. its good for your mind.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Back to Back
A Tete-a-Tete between Dragon's
I will try and take some decent general shots of the garden, but for now most of the good photos I have are closeups. The snapdragon's seem to really like being fertalized. They were doing little for quite a while, then then burst into bloom and spurted in height and girth.