We’re starting to get into more seasonal weather fluctuations, with a mix of warm and cool days. I didn’t get out on the local trails as often this week, but I still managed to get my daily pictures.
March 22, 2021
As many people know, the history of a forest can be found in the history of a tree. Every year that a tree grows is marked by a single ring in the cross-cut of a stump. Wider rings indicate years of a lot of growth and can often be found towards the centre. The rings get narrower as the tree grows and more of its resources are used to expand its canopy instead of its girth.
March 23, 2021
With spring now in full swing, the buds of the trees are starting to open. In addition to the tamaracks and maple trees, the pussy willows are starting to bud.
With warm temperatures in the forecast for April, many of these trees will be in full bloom in no time!
March 24, 2021
I’ve been hearing a lot more birds while getting outside. I love the sound of birds first thing in the morning before the sun even rises.
This little Vesper Sparrow was collecting material to build a nest. In this case, it found a clump of the dog’s fur. I’m sure the chicks will be nice and warm with a nest of that.
March 25, 2021
I heard a very familiar call while out in the backyard today. An American Robin was perched in a tree next door.
Last year we had a Robin nesting in our hanging flower basket on the front porch, giving us a close-up view of four Robin chicks hatching and growing. I hope they choose to nest there again.
March 26, 2021
We had a major thunderstorm the night before, which I blissfully slept through.
The low-lying areas of the forest were flooded, and it also took care of the rest of the snow.
March 27, 2021
We always try to observe Earth Hour, where we turn off our lights, TV, and device screens from 8:30-9:30pm. We light lots of candles and this year we attempted to play Dutch Blitz.
This is a fast-paced game that can be hard to keep up in full light, much less by candlelight. Telling the difference between green and blue was the biggest challenge. While my wife did make it to 75 points first, we played until the hour was up and I ended up squeezing out a win.
March 28, 2021
Last year we started a vegetable garden in our very compact soil. The results were less than impressive, but we got an early start this year.
This little tomato sapling is about a week old. It has 24 brothers and sisters and if they all survive the transplant to the garden, it will be a lot of tomatoes for the summer.
I was digging around the furnace room in the camping gear and came across a couple of signed hockey sticks that I’ve had for a long time. I need to spend the time identifying the names on the one stick, and look into how to keep the signatures from fading.
It’s the last week of February and the weather was perfect for getting outside. Alas, the season for good cross-country skiing conditions in southern Ontario may be coming to an end unless something changes in the long range forecast.
February 22, 2021
Every New Year’s I try for at least one goal for the coming year. Last year was 52 books and 52 hikes, both of which I managed to achieve. This year, I opted to change things up a little bit. I’m aiming to take (and post) one photo for every day of the year, go on as many hikes as I can, and try to close the 30-minute exercise ring on my Apple Watch as often as possible.
It’s been a busy week, but I still managed to get one shot per day. The weather has started to improve, so I was able to spend a lot more time outside on the ski trails, which meant more iPhone pictures.
February 15, 2021
In recognition of National Flag Day here in Canada, I hoped to get a picture of a flag waving in the wind.
The forecast this week is starting out pretty normal with temperatures between -5 and -10C for the high. By the weekend, it’s forecasted to be -20C. I’m hoping to get out to the ski trails at least once, but this week may be a good time to try some indoor photography!
February 8, 2021
I’ve always enjoyed music; whether I was playing an instrument in school, listening to CDs and digital, or slipping a vinyl out of the case, I’ve always enjoyed the rhythms of music.
February gives a bit of hope to winter. The daylight hours are getting longer, the sun seems to be out more, and you know if you just get through these four weeks, things will start to warm up.
February 1, 2021
If, like us, you have tried to keep up with the latest recommendations by public health, you probably also have a stockpile of cloth face masks. Ours are hung on a coat rack near the front door and include all sorts of designs.