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.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

White Passionflower

White Passionflower, Passiflore blanche

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.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Monday, April 15, 2019

Well, it's not Paris...

Church of Our Lady, now Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate in Guelph, Ontario. They said in Guelph it's based on Notre-Dame in Paris but Wikipedia says it's based on the Cologne Cathedral.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

I miss the Heisei Era

I miss the Heisei Era, which will end this month. I think it's a shame to be nostalgic about things nobody cared about when they existed, so I'm doing it now.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Bald Eagle

Immature bald eagle - I first saw it eating something that was on the ice. It flew away in graceful arcs when it saw me - birds often think a camera might be a gun - but it came back and perched directly overhead to get a better look at me!

Close up of it blinking its third eyelid or nictitating membrane.
And getting a better look at me from a nearby tree.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

First Icebreaker of Sping

CCGS Pierre Radisson breaks ice near Clark Island in St. Lawrence, east of Cornwall, Ontario, March 21, 2019

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Monday, March 18, 2019

Piastres not in use in Ontario

I was speaking to a store clerk in French today and I used the term "10 piasse" (Ten dollars) and she blinked a little and corrected me to 'dix dollars' - I thought about it and realized I only heard piastres in Quebec (I haven't spent much time further east so I cannot say if it is in use in New Brunswick.) After looking a little on the internet, I see that "piastres" was on dollar notes issued by banks in Lower Canada and Quebec in the 19th century, and the word comes ultimately from the Spanish 'peso'. The Spanish had found large amounts of silver in the Americas and their coinage dominated much of the world - even the Japanese yen derives from Spanish and Mexican coins that were in circulation in Asia.
Update - I did hear a bank clerk use 'Piasse' recently in Ontario, so my informant was wrong.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

First buzzard of spring!

They're back! A big mass of black rose up off the ground where it probably was eating something - I thought it was a turkey at first but it flew way up in the tree.
Turkey Vulture, Urubu à tête rouge, Cathartes aura,

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Barred Owl on hydro line

Barred Owl, Strix varia, Chouette rayée
Seen on hydro line after sunset

Monday, March 11, 2019

Monday, March 4, 2019

Baby two-toed sloth Choloepus and other animals

Crested Gecko, Correlophus ciliatus,  Gecko à crête
Sleeping ferrets

Baby Skunk. I learn they get eaten by owls.

 Gray Ratsnake, Pantherophis spiloides, Couleuvre obscure

Cathartes aura , Turkey Vulture, Urubu à tête rouge, vautour aura