One of my favourite native plants is leatherwood, Dirca palustris. It’s a modest shrub, easily overlooked in the shadowy understory of mature woodlands. That’s why I love it in this fast, brash, showy world. At the same time when spring … Continue reading
This is a taste experience I won’t soon forget.
Drawing water from a spring inspires reflection on where this essential resource comes from.
Click an image to view the gallery in a carousel. What new beauty do I behold, just steps away from our back door? I’m probably more of a wildflower geek than any other kind of geek. So it’s a lot … Continue reading
“Watch for them in later summer when they fly from place to place in fields and clearings,” suggests Bugs of Ontario, a Lone Pine field guide by John Acorn and Ian Sheldon. That was precisely what we saw on our … Continue reading
This morning while digging the last potatoes from the garden, I disturbed this vole. At first sight, it darted from a clod of earth I’d dug into the straw. But then a few minutes later I saw it again, shuddering … Continue reading
I made this hat for my friend, fabric artist Lorraine Roy, based on one of her works, “Tobermory sunset”. Her pieces are perhaps best described as fabric paintings. She spreads countless fragments of cloth on the backing to create rich … Continue reading
It is hard to gauge the loss of a place like St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market. Early yesterday morning the main building burned to the ground. News reports say it was “gutted by fire,” but photographs reveal nothing was left … Continue reading
Early yesterday evening while planting onion sets in the backyard, I heard a bobolink. It is such a joyful sound, more poignant in knowing the species is declining. These splendid New World blackbirds nest in fields where their reproduction is … Continue reading
I happened to be in Hamilton, Ont., yesterday with time on my hands and took the opportunity to explore Cootes Paradise. Steeltown may be notorious for its air pollution, but it also offers access to remarkable green space and natural … Continue reading