Mother’s Day Skull Walk

Ah, Mother’s Day. A leisurely sleep-in, to be woken at a civilized hour by an adorable jammie-clad child bearing a pancake breakfast on a tray, with Dad clearing up heroically in the kitchen. Then, flowers! A much-cherished homemade gift from the adorable, small child, mis-spellings intact. According to the television commercials, a meal later onContinue reading “Mother’s Day Skull Walk”

a long and lustrous winter

I love the way snow turns blue at dusk, and how everything looks beautiful with the escarpment in the background. These are a few weeks old now, and the snow has melted and frozen and snowed again since then. Groundhog Day is meaningless here; we’re lucky if spring beats Easter and we actually get aContinue reading “a long and lustrous winter”

New Neighbours

And how often do you suppose this happened in Toronto? Just hanging out on the path near the local park along with mom and a few aunts. They might be skittish, but they’re not at all afraid of humans. As you can see. Beautiful, aren’t they? However, I am once again disappointed in my fellowContinue reading “New Neighbours”

Monarch Caterpillar

Taken this past weekend at a friend’s cottage, walking in the woods, where a bunch of largeish monarch caterpillars are fattening themselves up on milkweed in preparation for metamorphosis. Look at the size of that thing! Also, they’re soft, if you’ve never tried petting one. Velvety. Given that it’s august and the monarch migration toContinue reading “Monarch Caterpillar”

Summer Vacation

By which you might deduce, and correctly, that I was recently in Niagara Falls. It’s not quite the sort of nature shot I usually go for, being large and imposing and Charismatic, not to mention Touristified, but it’s not the river’s fault, is it? What I love about it is the colour of the river,Continue reading “Summer Vacation”

Childhood should involve catching frogs

In this case, green frogs and cricket frogs, with a net. I took this at the pond where the Newtonbrook Creek trail meets up with the main East Don Parkland path. Juvenile frogs stick their wee heads out of the water like slightly oversized bubbles by the dozens. In one shot taken Saturday afternoon, IContinue reading “Childhood should involve catching frogs”

in lieu of an actual post, please accept this damselfly

I am so, so, so close to being done my Theory of Everything post. But–well, close isn’t done. In the meantime–hey, look! Pretty. It’s a bluet. These are the ones that beat their wings so fast they look like tiny blue wands being waved by invisible elfin sorcerors. Closely related to dragonflies, but capable ofContinue reading “in lieu of an actual post, please accept this damselfly”