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There is a crack in everything That's how the light gets in

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horseshoe crab

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Unchanged for 450 million years, and in spite of its strange appearance, completely harmless. I have great affection for them because as a child they covered the beach and were an endless source of magic and curiousity. Like other crabs, they moult, leaving behind a complete shell of themselves. I held this moulted shell up to the light.

wiki on horseshoe crabs
18th Sep 2010, 03:34   comments (7)

Hey, let's go to the island

Toronto Island is actually a couple of islands, a twenty minute ferry ride off the city. It's a magic place and sometime I should take photos of things that are not plants on the island.

Taking a ferry somewhere is generally a good thing. Except in high seas when they pull out the plywood and put it over the windows, as happens in New Brunswick.
4th Sep 2010, 01:03   comments (6)

Tastes like chicken

I don't want to fill up my blog with my plant photos, but this fungus is so unreal, I need to put it here. It is growing in High Park, Toronto, on a decaying black oak stump. I think it looks very unCanadian, being so flashy and tropical. They say you can eat it. Tastes like chicken. Like everything.

trying for fisheye

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17th Aug 2010, 07:05   comments (12)


Native plants of the North
American oak savannah and the tall grass prairie.

black oak savannah with bugs

I think the only word for what Japanese beetles do here is eat and clusterfuck.
14th Aug 2010, 04:27   comments (4)

plant architecture

except the bottom photo is from my friend Dane's tree. It is being destroyed by sapsuckers. This is the pattern they leave on the branch. I always thought they were okay until Dane showed me. tree killers.
14th Aug 2010, 04:15   comments (7)

this is what is burning in Russia

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Sphagnum moss builds up in bogs for years, centuries, forming layers of peat underground. Peat burns slowly and with a log of smoke. Peat fires are very hard to put out because the fire travels underground. Hoping for big rain in Russia.