Saturday, September 7, 2019

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Memorex memories

I saw Fitzgerald at Wolf Trap in 1977 - someone yelled from the audience "It's Memorex" and she said "Testing" into the mic without missing a beat!
How Ella Fitzgerald's Glass-Shattering Memorex Campaign Revitalized Her Career

I went to D.C. for the first time travelling on an Amtrak pass - there was a tourist info booth I think in the railroad station that quickly set me up with info on how to get there and booked me a reasonably priced motel near it!!

Monday, September 2, 2019

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Double Rainbow

Double rainbow across the St. Lawrence, evening, August 28. Algoma Explorer is the boat entering the rainbow at right.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Monarch Butterflies settling down on Maple at sunset

 I saw one flying in and found it had settled down with at least three others on this sugar maple
The fourth one is on the other side of the leaf. 
Monarque (papillon)
Danaus plexippus

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Wonderful World of Wildlife with the River Institute

red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis), Buse à queue rousse,

American kestrel (Falco sparverius) Crécerelle d'Amérique, 

Harris's Hawk, Parabuteo unicinctus. Buse de Harris,male  named Dowdy, worked with Adam Sandler in "Dark Cargo", (I imagine that is the working title, as it hasn't been released yet)
Wonderful World of Wildlife, River Institute, at OPG Visitor Centre

Golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), Aigle royal - I notice the injury on the wing just now.

Ducks in a row

I have all my ducks in a row. Music: The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, Bach's March Fur Die Arche, (Public Domain)

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Tricky Dick Sat Here

Saunders Hydro Dam Visitor Centre, saved the chairs the Queen and Tricky Dick sat in during the opening ceremonies for the Seaway.

Thursday, August 1, 2019


Osprey eating fish on telephone pole, Pandion haliaetus, Balbuzard pêcheur

Monday, July 29, 2019

Red lily beetle on Queen Anne's Lace

Red Lily Beetle, criocère du lis, Lilioceris lilii, on Queen Anne's Lace flower. They are an invasive species from Europe that I haven't seen before. 

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Angsty Ants

Ants who have made a nursery in an outdoor clock carry their eggs to safety after I open it to change the battery

Friday, July 19, 2019

Can't be that hard.

I realized that I haven't read a novel or even a non-fiction book in years, so I've started reading Proust's Remembrance of Things Past. All seven volumes. In French.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Johnny Clegg, RIP

Johnny Clegg died today. I got to talk to him in Sainte-Foy after a concert around 1989. He told me how to say Cetshwayo the right way.
Clegg (white trousers) with Savuka

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Shinleaf Flowers

Shinleaf, Pyrole elliptique

Pyrola elliptica, Charlottenburgh Park, South Glengarry twshp, Ontario

Friday, June 7, 2019

Billy Van

Sometime in the late 70s or 1980 I saw Billy Van outside Union Station in Toronto. He told me he was scared of flying so he took the train whenever he could. Yes, Count Frightenstein, and countless other characters from the best TV show ever made in Hamilton, Ontario, was scared of flying.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

June 4

I remember seeing an elderly Chinese walking walking in a silk brocade jacket who'd been crying the day after the news broke.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Common yellowthroat, Geothlypis trichas, Paruline masquée

Common yellowthroat, seemed to have been stunned by flying into window, Dottie the cat brought it in without doing it damage, I put it in tree, seemed to have recovered and flown away.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Trillium time again

 Trilliums are out, with Hepatica in background. Also blackflies and mosquitoes.
Marsh Marigold - DO NOT EAT THESE!! - A friend of mine was told they were edible - they are not! She was bleeding internally for days. Ne pas manger!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Quarter Moon

Taken with telescope at Sidewalk Astronomy in Cornwall, Ontario
 Hosted by Speaking of Space

Saturday, May 11, 2019 at about 9:30 PM

Wednesday, May 1, 2019


Common horsetails, Equisetum arvense, from one of the earliest families of plants. Spread by spores rather than seeds, they concentrate silica and can be used to clean or polish metals.