Thursday, 4 August 2016

Oshawa Second Marsh
July 31st, 2016

 "Nature, time and patience are the three great physicians."
                                               ~  Chinese Proverb

Back to the marsh. It had been a while. Sadly, there are lots of these signs at the marsh now. Ghost Road Bush will be off-limits for some time. As the sign says, potential falling trees are a hazard. The Emerald Ash Borer is taking its toll. It's the same story throughout North America. Untold millions of Ash trees are infected already.

Looking into GRB from the sidelines, things look pretty healthy. Unfortunately they're not.

The dominant species along the berm varies almost every year. This year it's a bit of a mix, but Chicory is plentiful. Wild Parsnip too.

Last year these were dominant... Himalayan Balsam. There are relatively few this year.

Someone, or some thing, destroyed the 'sculpture' I spotted on my last visit.

I've always thought that Wild Cucumber has interesting leaves.

The curlicues add a touch.

Lots of Joe-Pye Weed this year too.

Milkweed pods. Milkweed is the only plant Monarchs can lay their eggs on. People have been spotting Monarchs for a while now. I saw one in the marsh, but only one.

Milkweed blossoms. It's interesting how the same species can be at such different stages and yet physically be only a few feet apart.

One of nature's bouquets.

One that's popular with almost everyone.

Queen Anne's Lace (Wild Carrot) and the amorous bugs it attracts.

If you see thistle seeds and it's windy, pause & watch the show. These were dancing in the breeze.

Leaf Miner trails. Think how small they have to be to live & crawl between the leaf surfaces.

I seldom pass red berries without taking a shot. I forget what they are and I'm too lazy right now to look it up.
Note from John: Highbush Cranberry (Viburnum trilobum i.e.
3 lobes). The berries have so much pectin in them that you do not really need to add it when canning the berries for Highbush Jam or Jelly. Also, the Jam and or Jelly tastes good on whole wheat bread. I am speaking from experience.  

Jewell-weed (Touch-Me-Not)

Watch for their pods in the fall and pop a few. It's fun. :-)

Nature is taking back the Beaver Pond part of the boardwalk. It's closed too, so I expect they'll just let the growth continue.

Careful with this one... Wild Parsnip. The sap can be troublesome.

Mayapples are past their prime but they still carpet some of the woods.

Golden Rod. Looks like some kind of wild bird. Well, sort of, doesn't it?

Picnic tables at the marsh that haven't seen a picnic in a very long time.

Tufts on a Red-seeded Dandelion? I'm guessing again.

Time marches on. As does the wildflower display.

The Friends of Second Marsh web site...
A direct link to a map of the paths/trails in the marsh...

A link to a page that has my past posts re the marsh, in one place rather than scattered throughout this blog...
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Thursday, 28 July 2016

Whitehorse #5 of 5

Around the corner from Doug's. Different to say the least. An artist that likes bicycles?

He even has a chair & table inside it to sit and enjoy his wheels.

Our last outing from Whitehorse was to Haines Junction, a couple hours from Whitehorse on the Alaska Highway.

We slowly closed in on the mountains of Kluane Park. Haines Junction is on the edge of the park.

A diversion on the way. Champagne is just a few miles off the highway.

From the past. There were a few more poles ready for more hubcaps.

Do you recognize any from a car you used to have?

On a hillside in Champagne. A fair size as cabins go.

A chance meeting at a rest area. Two young couples were traveling from Argentina to Alaska. They left Buenos Aires almost 2 years ago, had visited 15 countries and put over 50,000 km on their VW vans.

As we approached to talk to them we heard some beautiful, soft music. I thought it was a radio or CD but it was this guy playing his keyboard that he brought along.
They were selling postcards to make a little gas money. I thought the sayings on them were well chosen ones.

We bought some cards and said our goodbyes.

Haines Junction is small, and there isn't much there, but it has a beautiful backdrop.

In Haines. Things didn't work out for someone.

My photo doesn't do it justice but this was a huge field of yellow near Haines.

There were a few showers over the week so our rental quickly took on a traveled look.

He got me. I kept seeing this guy around town checking the parking meters. I thought I put enough in the meter downtown but I didn't.

More childhood memories. My brother-in-law drank Pilsner. I remember studying the label with all its detail.  As a kid, I thought the crows on the fence posts were pretty cool.

I was sitting on a bench while Jane shopped. This guy stopped and started chatting with me. He had lots of stories for me. When Jane came out, we heard a few more. He spent years in the bush he said. He's 84. A pretty cool dude I thought.

A pretty accurate exposure of the light... a bit before midnight. 
In Whitehorse. I noticed the 'Open 20 Hours' on the sign. Hardly worth closing.

Jane snapped this on the flight to Vancouver. A pretty sight.

Jane said she probably would have chosen some other shots than I did of hers in post # 3. Maybe she'll pick some others out. If she does, I'll post them.

So ends my tale of the Yukon. It's a very special place. We had a wonderful time.

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