Still In This World

Hi people. I’m still alive after my recent break from posting.  The old computer suddenly ceased functioning with an electrical short and a puff of the scary scent of electrical burning filling the rooms. Since then I’ve been learning a new system.  These dwarf irises are from a Toronto garden in May.  Since then great blossoming has taken place.  We’ve had daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, redbud trees, magnolias, crabapples and cherry blossoms.  These have all gone and now we’re awash with the fading, but still romantic scent of lilacs, lilies of the valley and peonies.  

Dwarf Irises May 2014 Toronto


Spring is Coming to Todmorden Mills

Buds on tree

On Sunday, I went again to Todmorden Mills in Toronto. It was sunny and relatively mild–around 8 or 9 Celsius. I walked on the little wildflower path through trees and by a pond and streams. On the way, I’d seen a cardinal atop a naked tree–pointed out to me by a young couple passing by. In the woods, I heard chickadees and a red winged blackbird. And a woman walking her dogs pointed out a woodpecker–I think it was a downy–on a nearby tree that she was photographing. I searched the ground for tiny green shoots, leaves and moss, looked in the trees and shrubs for buds and came upon a squirrel looking down at me while munching a nut.

Fern and moss

 

Woods at Todmorden Mills

I was thinking about the latest climate change report that came out several days earlier warning again about the changes to the climate that are already here and that will be coming. I thought about what we gain and lose when nature is protected or harmed. When I am in a natural setting, urban or more wild, I feel a link to something larger than myself. I am a living being among others in nature. I know my experience is not unique and that the companionship of humans and non is vitally important for my, and others, well-being.

Buds on trees


More Spring Dreams

It’s very windy and hovering around freezing today.  Back to dreams of spring.  This is another photo from last year, soon to arrive in Toronto, believe it or not.

Toronto Spring 2013


Coming Soon to Toronto Gardens

The temperature goes up and down as we make our way to warmer weather. I found the following photograph of crocuses that I took in mid April last year. Crocuses have even entered my dreams–I came upon a scene the other night very much like what’s pictured in the photo. 

Crocuses

Crocuses in a Toronto garden, April 2013.


Trees around McMichael Gallery

At the McMichael Gallery, March 2014We went to the McMichael Gallery this weekend to see an exhibit of Mary Pratt’s work . The gallery, which is surrounded by trees, is 45 minutes to an hour north and west of Toronto, near the town of Kleinburg. We walked around a bit at the end of  the day and saw that many branches were down. I wondered if this was part of the aftermath of December’s ice storm and the harsh winter we had. Despite that, the melt is on and spring is gradually arriving.

Pine boughs on the ground at the McMichael Gallery, March 2014

Spring melt at McMichael Gallery, March 2014


Black Locust

Black Locust

Black locust blossoms, Toronto, June 2013

Last week, black locust trees were in bloom in Toronto.  Their sweet perfume filled the air at Todmorden Mills where I’d walked.  I love their profuse, cascading blossoms.

Black Locust

Black Locust tree in bloom, Todmorden Mills, June 2013


Ferns in the Wildflower Preserve

Fern

June 2013

I saw what I believe are ostrich ferns on a recent walk in the Wildflower Preserve at Todmorden Mills.  If I’ve misidentified the ferns, do let me know.  The day was moderate–around 18 degrees Celsius, with a mixture of sun and cloud.    The ferns seem very much at home in this moist forested area in the Don Valley in Toronto.  I find their shapes very beautiful.

Fern

June 2013

Fern

June 2013