For the longest time, I though larch and tamarack trees were the same. I’ve learned that they share a genus but are different species. Larch = Larix occidentalisTamarack = Larix laricina An easy way to tell which is which is to look at the cones.… Read More
There are still quite a few berries around. Here are 3 we came across on today’s nature walk with naturalist Miles Hearn, at Ashbridges Bay on the east side Toronto. These beautiful orange berries are Sea Buckthorn. They are edible and some people use them… Read More
Also called European Euonymus or burning bush. The Winged Euonymus is also sometimes called burning bush to add to my confusion. This is from Humber Bay.
A lot of the honey locusts planted around here are male trees. We have one of those in our front yard. It deposits a lot of pollin on the garden each year. In Sam Smith Park there are several female honey locusts, notable for their… Read More
As a young adult, I had a summer and part time job in the Humber Bay area, working as the evening guy (I was the only employee on site) at an old motel, which was part of a strip of motels along that part of… Read More
I’ve been noticing big black splotches on maple trees lately, especially on Norway Maples and I wondered what that was. Is it killing the tree? Is it caused by some scary environmental factor? It turns out it is a common fungus known as Tar Spot,… Read More
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I was out in the garden the other day and saw this lovely butterfly. I can’t recall ever seeing one like it. I thought it might be an Eastern Comma butterfly, but I asked naturalist Miles Hearn if he was familiar with this one and… Read More
When I was off chasing trout last week, I camped at a lovely provincial park right at Massey, called The Chutes. Here’s a few photos of the chutes on the Aux Sables River the park was named for.
Today’s nature walk with Miles Hearn took place close to home at Sam Smith Park, a local hotspot for birdwatchers. The birds did not disappoint. Miles counted 42 species in all. I’ve been keeping a list of all the species identified in 2019, either on… Read More