Archive for February, 2006

snow creatures

Saturday, February 18th, 2006

…sometimes you find something unexpected…. With an unusually warm winter here in eastern Ontario, I’ve been on the lookout for snow surface invertebrate activity — and have been finding plenty. Take for instance, the above creature which, no doubt, to many, looks more like an alien space invader than an insect. However, it is the […]

the psycho-squirrel

Friday, February 17th, 2006

There are some who might debate that animals aren’t subject to such things as obsessions and psychoses. If that’s the case, then it’s difficult to come up with an explanation for the behaviour of a certain Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) that has been controlling the ground and air space around the Sugar Maple tree where […]

death of a mailbox

Friday, February 17th, 2006

This afternoon, I was called upon to fish the crumpled metal corpse of our rural mailbox out of a snow-filled ditch after it was cruelly side-swiped by the blade of a municipal snowplow. When faced with this task, I generally employ the “stealth mode” of retrieval, timing my foray until the highway will be clear […]

bad dogs!

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

It’s always a bit difficult figuring out how to start something new. I’m not gonna sweat over that too much, so this is how things begin… A couple of weeks ago, while hiking in a nearby forest, a dog sled came shushing around a bend just ahead of us. We… Don and I and our […]