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stupidest bird around

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This is a wild turkey, photographed as it ran endlessly up and down the fence, trying to find a way into the field, away from me. Turkeys have absolutely no brains. They stand around making noises in corn fields so hawks and other predators are sure to notice them. I once raised commercial turkeys for Thanksgiving. They are even dumber than the wild turkeys because all they have is a giant breast, and no brains. If you don't put something shiny in the feed, like marbles, the chicks will not peck at their food. They will starve. I thought that was kind of basic.
23rd Apr 2012, 19:45   comments (9)

Sometimes you gotta look up

I spend happy hours in the woods. Yesterday I remembered to look up. cue blue skies over me, nothing but...
18th Apr 2012, 14:47   comments (9)

downtown toronto day

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The faces are carved into the courthouse. The architect had a hard time with the city council, so the council members are immortalized in caricature in stone revenge. I had to go to court on Monday to be a witness. Two kids robbed a corner store, then ran away through the neighbourhood. So the entire neighbourhood was called as witnesses. The boys pleaded guilty so we were not needed. Meanwhile I am all caught up on the neighbourhood gossip. Good times. Then I went across the street to city hall and checked out the roof garden, and just because I was there, I stopped by to see if the mayor wanted my help.
18th Apr 2012, 14:39   comments (4)

white trout lily

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there are thousands of trout lily leaves. Only a few bloom. Most are yellow. Once in a while, if you are lucky, or like me, end up sliding down a hill involuntarily, you look up and there is a white trout lily. here's to sliding down hills.
16th Apr 2012, 02:46   comments (4)

lately I've been in the woods near the Falls

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top photo is Magnolia acuminata, or cucumber tree, the only magnolia native to Canada.
2. I just love this sedge because it's flower looks like a bad hair day, or a muppet.
3. This sedge thinks its a bromeliad, and it's in the perfect place.
4. You can't just drive by the falls.
30th Mar 2012, 14:46   comments (7)

Past the tipping point

This is March. It can still snow. It usually does. We are almost a full month ahead, and the plant world is forging ahead, unstoppable now.

second plant down, is a swamp rose :)
24th Mar 2012, 10:23   comments (7)

Oscar and Sascha in High Park

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Today Oscar, Sascha and I went to High Park to see what the burn looked like. It looks pretty bleak. We met a man who was trying out his pinhole camera, and then my friend Bob, who showed us the mining bees. After that we went to another park. I chased them and they chased me. I am exhausted. I should be downtown watching Martha Wainwright, but she won't mind. She has a kid and we all know, kids are exhausting. And a lot of fun.
22nd Mar 2012, 22:25   comments (4)

My favourite day in High Park, the burn

Once a year, the oak savannah prairie in High Park has a controlled burn. Traditionally, this was done either by lightning or on purpose by First Nations people. Now it is continued to maintain the extremely rare ecosystem which is in High Park, Toronto. It is pretty great.
22nd Mar 2012, 02:21   comments (4)