Archive for January, 2007

spider watching

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Second and last post for today – and now I’m taking off for my afternoon walk in the woods as the sun is shining brightly and the temperature has climbed all the way up to -8C (12F).
There are a few of you who like to study spiders, so I just wanted to raise [...]

the wisdom of trees

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

This is the first of a couple of unrelated posts for today. Wayne at Niches has just posted about the Fourth Assessment Report of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) which is due out Friday. I encourage you to have a wander over to his blog to learn more if you haven’t [...]

my tree children

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

On Sunday, Don and I spent part of the afternoon hiking around the Ferguson Forestry Centre at Kemptville. The Forestry Centre includes areas of natural forest, plantation forest, as well as seedling nurseries. I’ll write more about it and post some photos later this week. But for today, I want [...]

another mudpuppy night at oxford mills

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

Back in March 2006, I wrote about an outing to Mudpuppy Night, which takes place at the Oxford Mills dam just about every Friday night throughout the winter season. Last night, we packed up my camera gear and an aquarium, and headed off into the frigid night to meet up with Dr. Fred Schueler [...]

peace offering

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

sunflower seed peace offering to the gods of war
“I have no doubt that we will be successful in harnessing the sun’s energy…. If sunbeams were weapons of war, we would have had solar energy centuries ago.” – Sir George Porter, quoted in The Observer, 26 August 1973.
“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every [...]

friday ark #123

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

All aboard for the best of this week’s animal blogging! Visit Friday Ark #123 at the Modulator.
Tags: Friday Ark

cold days & coyote

Friday, January 26th, 2007

We’re finally into a stretch of cold weather now, with temperatures dipping to -18 C. (0 F.) or further by nightfall. By day, the skies are usually a clear, cold blue with near translucent ribbons of clouds. What little snow we have is dry and powdery, but when packed, it becomes crunchy so [...]