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Manitoulin Island, northern Lake Huron

Manitoulin is basically a big flat rock, scraped clean by glaciers. No dirt to put your fence posts in so you secure them with boxes of boulders. Rare plants that can't/won't grow anywhere else. Mostly flat grassy fields filled with beef cattle. And a serious fishery--lots of great fresh fish. No rain since early June. Hot but there's lots of places to swim.
20th Jul 2012, 20:56   comments (8)

Things I saw that are not plants

black and white grasshopper, milk snake, millipede, monarch butterfly larva, orangey butterfly, swallowtail butterfly, snapping turtle, yellow bird, and triangular bug. I also saw, but did not get a photo of a coyote, deer, and the back end of a black bear running away.
9th Jun 2012, 03:19   comments (17)

flying far north

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These are Canada geese, real ones, not the ones that hang out in parks all year round. They are flying north to Hudson's Bay because they have not found a mate and they are about to moult, loose their feathers and not be able to fly, and be vunerable. So they go north now, in flocks. A lot of rejection here. It happens everywhere. Evidently Hudson's Bay is where to go to nurse your blues.
9th Jun 2012, 03:12   comments (0)

camping out in style

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good coffee, no internets, food tastes better outside. no mosquitoes.
9th Jun 2012, 03:08   comments (13)

They look like big, good, strong hands. Don't they?

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I used to be embarrassed about my hands because they got older than the rest of me. But now I am proud of my old hands. They spent a lot of time making things--in glaze buckets, working clay, paper, soil and plants, and lately, holding a camera.
28th May 2012, 02:02   comments (9)

Toronto guerilla gardeners liberate a corner of Chinatown

A huge nursery donated thousands of dollars worth of plants to us. That means we have lots of great perennials to plant. The Chinese restaurant around the corner will water it, and a lot of people going by really liked it. It was hot, dirty and fun.
26th May 2012, 23:49   comments (5)

Lupines, eastern North America style

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Once these lupines roamed eastern North America, but now they are rare. They can't grow without fire to split their seeds, and no one wants the savanna to burn anymore. Insurance problems. So it almost disappeared. The butterfly that needs it has gone. But in High Park, where I volunteer, we took the seeds from what was there and grew them, and now we have hillsides of it. I think we can ask the Karner Blue butterfly to come back now. This is one of my favourite flowers.
25th May 2012, 02:26   comments (9)

Guerilla gardeners and the High Park Elite Invasive Squad

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I belong to groups now. One group plants things, the other rips plants out of the ground. It's all good.
22nd May 2012, 03:01   comments (3)