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Weekend Reflections

Posted by Lorac Friday, 22 October 2010 18 comments

Images of white birch and golden autumn leaves against a brilliant blue sky are reflected in a woodland stream.
 

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SkyWatch Friday

Posted by Lorac Thursday, 21 October 2010 23 comments

Although today it is cold and raining, the last couple of weeks have shown gorgeous Autumn weather. Lots of blue skies and even some warm days. This was one of them!
The sunshine on this unseasonally warm day shines brightly through the Maple leaves nicely dappled against the blue sky.

Always wondrous skies to see at SkyWatch Friday.

Watery Wednesday

Posted by Lorac Tuesday, 19 October 2010 8 comments

Canadian Geese in Autumn Glory



On a recent walk on the Bruce Penninsula Trails, I came upon a flock of geese amidst Autumn's reflections!
                                                      More Watery Wednesday here.

Bruce Trail Walk

Posted by Lorac Monday, 18 October 2010 17 comments

 I walked a 5 KLM (3.5miles) walk yesterday. I have walked this Bruce Trail before but never in the fall. Although many of the colourful leaves are already on the ground it is still incredibly beautiful in the woods.If possible enlarge these pics. You will be glad you did. I started up this trail and instantly the wonderful smell of the woods in autumn flooded my senses. It is a sweet smell of the fallen leaves and damp earth. Better than cookies fresh from the oven!


Not far along I saw a pond off the trail and further into the woods. I couldn't see this in the summer but could now the leaves have fallen. The top of the pond is laden with colourful fallen leaves.

We get a lot of rain in the fall and therefore a lot of fungi grow. These are all wood fungi that grow on dead wood.


 Thi sI know is called Conch Fungi.


 I have never seen this type of fungus before. It looks like a waterfall flash frozen. If you can, enlargen this. It really is something to see.


Who could resist walking up along the  length of this log? I couldn't!


 I came across this large dead maple...I followed trunk up and was entranced with this colour.


 There are stiles to cross fences and wet areas along the way.


Not all areas in the forest are deciduous. There are lots of areas predominately evergreen too.



The fall started with wet cool weather. Summer ended abruptly but the last week has been great. Around 15 Celcius and lots of sunshine.


The sun was caught bathing in this shallow creek.


These trails are well taken care of by the Bruce Trail Foundation and volunteers. Walkways have been built over wet areas to allow dry passage.


Come visit again tomorrow! There is more to this walk.

The Scotch Block Reservoir in Autumn Reflection



Maple tree's brilliant colour!


 Scotch Block Reservoir splendour!


Sunlight backing the Maple leaves.


 Country road beauty.


 Would you like a walk in the country?


More people reflecting on many things at Weekend Reflections!
Wonderful sights at Scenic Sunday!


Sky Watch Friday

Posted by Lorac Thursday, 14 October 2010 32 comments

Blue skies abound in this October. Long shadows are cast over cooling days with only the brilliance of the autumn colours giving a show of warmth!


Country lanes awash with sunlight and fall splendour.

Autumn colour never lasts long enough. Soon it becomes a scene of shades of brown and cold November winds quickly followed by freezing landscapes and crisp winter air!

Many more skies from around the world at SkyWatch Friday!

Thanks to the Skywatch Team:

Poisonous Giant Hogweed

Posted by Lorac Tuesday, 12 October 2010 10 comments

I was travelling a country road and taking some photos in Halton Hills, the area I live in, when I came across this sign. Of course this peeked my interest to look closer!

 I do remember news broadcasts that these were invading Ontario at an alraming rate. To be truthful, I didn't pay a lot of attention. Heracleum mantegazzianum or Asian Poisonous Giant Hogweed, is an invading species. Giant hogweed was first reported in Canada in 1949 and in recent years spread to Southern Ontario.
The concern is it's a very poisonous plant. If you get the sap from this plant on your skin it can cause severe blistering and ad burns. Sap in the eyes can temporarily blind you or it can be permanent! The burns can cause permanent scarring and any areas affected will be super sensitive to sunlight for years to come. It can take up to 48 hours after exposure for the symptoms to appear.

This photo I took below are of dead weeds, but they are still many seeds on them. I couldn't get over the height. These were about 10 feet tall! The plant can grow up to six metres tall, with leaves as big as 1.5 metres across. It is identified by large purple blotches or striping on its stem.





 Below a few of the plants I saw these red markers from the University I think. Not sure if they are marking the seed fall area or new small plant growth.


 It spreads primarily by seeds. Seeds can be carried by vehicles, by people, by winds … it could be a bird. Every plant will produce approimately 500,000 seeds, so the spread potential is huge. This is one of the seed heads I found. You can still see many seeds still attached.

 


This is a photo below is of what the plant looks like in bloom. I have seen this before and not realized what it was. I thought it was a huge plant and pretty awesome looking and they are quite attractive to look at. I am glad that I didn't stop and take a closer look as I usually would!


Interesting find! Thought I would share it with you.

Posted by Lorac Saturday, 9 October 2010 8 comments

HAPPY THANKSGIVING WEEKEND!!!



I loved this plant covered in Autumn leaves. I thought I would share it! I am off to the cottage for the weekend. Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend.

SkyWatch Friday.

Posted by Lorac Friday, 8 October 2010 12 comments

Today it felt like summer again. I went out for a ride and came across this gorgeous area. I stumble across it every once in a while and then remember it's beauty.

The Scotch Block Resevoir  on a warm autumn day.


For more SkyWatch Friday from all over the world click here.

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