Friday, July 31, 2015
Thursday, July 30, 2015
While visiting up the Bruce Peninsula last week we discovered that there was an astronomy night, so we headed down to the beach to see what it was all about. Thinking there would be a lot of standing around to take turns at telescopes, I took along my own camera and tripod to try out.
This was a fascinating astronomy program, with some serious telescopes! We got to take turns looking through both of these, seeing a close-up of the moon, Saturn's rings, and several other interesting stars. With these telescopes you can key in known coordinates of stars or planets and the telescopes move themselves to line up!
This is the 'Bayside Astronomy Program', run by the Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association. It extends 8 weeks, and provides three telescopes with experts to show you the skies, 4 days of the week, in 4 different locations. Each week a different short talk is provided, and a chance to look at different celestial objects.
I was right about standing around to take turns, so I practised getting some sky shots myself. I've always been fascinated with the constellations, and managed to capture three of them. This is the Big Dipper, with the North Start off to the right.
Last weekend, after stopping in Stokes Bay up the Bruce Peninsula for their 'Summerfest', we drove down some sideroads and encountered the 'Birdhouse Fence'! I couldn't resist taking a few shots of this unique exhibition of folk art!
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
After getting two suggestions, and carefully perusing the available on-line diagrams, I've concluded that my mystery flower of the other day is Cota tinctoria, known as Golden Marguerite or Yellow Chamomile. Thanks also to those who suggested Lasthenia Californica or California Goldfields.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Monday, July 27, 2015
Driving up the Bruce Peninsula the other day, we encountered the poisonous plant Wild Parsnip for the first time. It's an invasive species, and it seems to be spreading like mad. I had never even seen it before. It can give very serious burns if you touch it, so you should learn to recognize it.
The best antidote is to wash the area with soap quickly, and cover up the skin so it is not exposed to light. But of course it's a lot better to learn to recognize it and avoid it. It's especially important to protect children from this plant!
Sunday, July 26, 2015
We continue to get assorted butterflies stopping in the garden, sometimes staying still for long enough that I can get a picture.