Archive for December, 2006

poltergeist

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

Something has taken up residence in the basement. I first discovered it was downstairs yesterday. I don’t know if the word “discovered” is actually the appropriate word. It’s more like, “Yesterday, I first was driven crazy by something *noisy* and *obnoxious* in the basement.”
Yes, indeed, that seems much more accurate.
Yesterday morning, I [...]

friday ark #118

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

All aboard for the best of this week’s animal blogging at Friday Ark #118 on the Modulator.

winter solstice

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

This afternoon, Sabrina and I celebrated the winter solstice with a walk in the fields and woods. The weather has been unusual for this time of year. The temperature got up to around 4C (39F) by mid-afternoon. The pasture was quite dry — enough so that we were able to sit together [...]

favourite moments # 5 – white-tailed fawn

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

This is a post in a series about favourite moments of nature observation that have occurred over the past couple or so years. It’ll help to pass the time spent indoors this winter as I wait to be back out observing insects, spiders, frogs and others.
This photo of a White-tailed Deer fawn (Odocoileus virginianus) [...]

recently read and enjoyed

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

These are few posts which I’ve recently read and enjoyed while visiting other blogs:
* The first is a series of posts on Pohangina Pete, containing photos and journal entries from Pete’s current wanderings in India. As Always, Pete’s photos are stunning: Part One: Badrinath; Part Two: Engineer Baba; and Part [...]

upon a rock

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

On Saturday, while we were measuring White Oaks at Foley Mountain, I noticed this Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana) growing atop a large fractured boulder on the exposed ridge. I’m always fascinated by trees that manage to survive by sending their roots into fissures atop a large boulder, or in the side of a [...]

tree measuring at foley mountain

Monday, December 18th, 2006

On Saturday, while hiking some of the trails at Foley Mountain Conservation Area, we did a little tree measuring as part of our ongoing project to measure a selection of trees throughout our region. This time, we decided to focus on the White Oaks (Quercus alba) that grow along the ridge overlooking Upper Rideau [...]