The Partners and I took off this morning for one of our favourite activities, foraging for mushrooms. We started at a small forest where a friend tipped me to several perfect giant puffballs. The puffballs were in a beautiful 80 acre forest close to my… Read More
I came across a fascinating plant today – Monotropa uniflora – known commonly by various names – ghost plant, ghost pipe, Indian pipe or corpse plant. It typically grows when there is a good deal of rain after a dry spell and so I sometimes… Read More
This monarch was hanging out in the garden today, enjoying the butterfly weed.
I was out for a walk this morning along the Humber River and came across this beautiful Ganoderma. I couldn’t tell what kind of dead tree it was growing on so I’m not sure if it is a Ganoderma tsugae (grows on hemlock) or Ganoderma… Read More
I was out to the Etobicoke Creek leash free area with The Partners today, so they could enjoy a good swim and some hijinx with other dogs. In the flowery meadow area there were dozens and dozens of monarchs. This is a special time to… Read More
I took the dogs up to the leash free area on Etobicoke Creek yesterday for a swim. While we were there, a heron flew down. Too bad I only had my phone and not my camera with me. The bird is in there somewhere.
I met up with my brother the trout, Salvelinus fontinalis, this morning to do a little foraging. The good news is chanterelles have begun fruiting in the Enchanted Mushroom Forest. They’re still pretty small, many still buttons, but we found around 30 of these tasty… Read More
I found a few morels this morning – not as many as I had hoped for, but still plenty for dinner.
After walking The Partners yesterday evening, I thought I’d take out the garbage and the recycling as pick-up is this morning. As I pulled out the garbage bin, I notice something unusual tucked in the corner by the fence…. Sorry for the picture quality. It… Read More
The other day East Texas Red called the tag alder the trout’s best friend. It has other names – speckled alder, grey alder, hazel alder, hoary alder and mountain alder – but every trout fisherman I know calls them tag alders, sometimes with an expletive… Read More