Monthly Archives: April 2013

Spring in Gatineau 2

There’s something so beguiling about beech; the leaves hang tenaciously to their branches in the understory, doing their little dance in the slightest breeze, glowing pale with the backlit sun.

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Spring in Gatineau 1

After a too-long absence, we visited Gatineau Park this weekend for a spring hike. Considering how close we are to the park, it’s a shame we don’t make it out there more often. We weren’t the only ones enjoying the day – the trailhead was packed, and there were quite a few on the path; no complaints here – having others out appreciating nature is nothing but uplifting.

We parked at the P7 trailhead. It was 22 C out, the sun was hot, and the trail was dry except for a few pockets of snow and muck (fun for the kidlets). The forest was barely waking up – some buds on the trees, a few trout lily leaves appearing, and some great new birds for the year – Yellow-bellied sapsucker, Yellow-rumped warbler, and Pine warbler.

Over the next few days I’ll post some images from our jaunt in the woods, including a surprise at the end of the week!

Looking forward to spending more time in Gatineau over the next few months, and exploring more of the trails, in every season.

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Nature-Inspired Etsy Love

Some recent lovely etsy discoveries:

 Original wild turkey watercolour:

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Stained glass rainbow trout:

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Paint by number deer pillow:

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Wooden necklace – cornflower:

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Treat yourself to some handmade goodness!

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Trails

All that’s left of the larvae once they’ve morphed into adult beetles and flown away – a munched path through deadwood; a zigzag trail to catch a passerby’s eye on a forest hike.

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Peacock feathers

Peacock feathers, two ways:

soft focus, blurred, an emphasis on colour and motion:

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high contrast, devoid of colour, an emphasis on texture and shading:

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Chartreuse

And the daylilies, edged in chartreuse splendour, have appeared.

Isn’t that the greatest colour word ever? Let’s say it again, all together now.

Chartreuse.

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Melt

I was about to shake my fist at “spring”, but thank goodness the snow started melting, and thus averted any unnecessary conflict.

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From the Archives: Yellow Lady’s Slipper

I will not let this mid-April snowstorm get me down. I. WILL. NOT.

I just won’t look out the windows, I won’t step outside, I won’t think of the poor tulip tips, or the shivering song sparrows.

I will focus on spring, and be reminded of what’s to come.

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Taken in the boreal forest of Northern Manitoba, summer of 2006.

We were doing bird surveys in the Canadian shield, and the habitat was amazing – pine forests with moss underfoot, and huge exposed bedrock outcrops.
I found out I was pregnant with my first child the day before we headed out for a 3-month stint – I still have no idea how I hiked through the remote wilderness all day every day while in my first trimester. Must have been the little treasures like these glorious Yellow’s Lady Slippers that kept me going.

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Kettling

Staring at a dizzying mass of circling, kettling turkey vultures overhead; a spring sight that made me smile, as long as I didn’t think of all the roadkill they were after.

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Mourning

The melancholy coo of the mourning dove – such a gentle way to wake up in the morning.

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