Lichen is made up of a composite of algae or cyanobacteria that lives happily ever-after together with multiple fungi species. I read that combined it exhibits properties that are different than the stuff the makes it up. How can that be? Lichen comes in many… Read More
When I started going on nature walks I thought it was an activity suited to only certain times of the year. I’ve come to learn, though, that each season has something to teach us about the natural world around us. This time of year, as… Read More
I snapped these at Humber Bay East today.
Dawn Redwoods were thought to be extinct until specimens were found in China in the late 1940s. The ones in High Park were apparently gifts from the Chinese government.
In High Park, the wood ducks are used to people and many times you can see them close up. When I was there mid-week with Miles Hearn’s nature walk group, there was also a group of noisy kids around this little pond, though (they were… Read More
Those tan colour blobs are slime mould. These fascinating single-celled organisms used to be classed as fungi but now are no longer considered to be part of the fungal kingdom. George Barron characterized them as “a slimy mass of protoplasm called a plasmodium. Most of… Read More
We have a few different varieties of goldenrod in the Toronto area. This is Canada Goldenrod (with a bee near the top of the plant).
It seems that I see red-tailed hawks on most of my visits to High Park, here in Toronto.