Frozen Leaves Encased in Ice

It’s fall here in Alberta. Sunny days, temperatures well above freezing – until a few days ago. We woke that morning and greeted our first snow day. Over the next few days we had more snow, some melting, a misty rain that was almost snow and another freezing night.  The next morning it was sunny…

Alberta – Foliage Throughout the Seasons

I got an invitation from Ailsa at Where’s my backpack? to take part in a Photo Challenge called Travel Theme: Foliage. In my part of the world, foliage is plentiful in three of the four seasons. Canadian Seasons have been described as: Six months of winter, and six months of poor sledding. These can be…

Macro Monday – Spruce Resin Drips

I won’t make you wait until next Monday to announce what this is a photo of. But try and guess anyhow before you read the story below the photo. Yes, the photo is Tree Sap. Spruce tree resin, to be specific. Isn’t it wonderful looking stuff? I suppose I should be concerned that a few…

Unusual Tree Resin Drips

Today is a most unusual day, because we have never lived it before; we will never live it again; it is the only day we have. – William Arthur Ward Sap (resin) running down the bark of an evergreen tree –  I suppose that isn’t all that unusual. But what about a blob of spruce…

Fern – My Fiddle Headed Frond

I’d like you to meet my frond, Fern.  At first glance, she seems to lead a pretty simple life. She doesn’t have flowers, nor does she bear seeds, but that doesn’t stop her from creating an extensive family. She sneaks off underground with her rhizome,  and then pops up as a new fern every few…

The Rebel Carrots – Oddly Shaped Roots

Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie. – Jim Davis – I’ve finished harvesting the carrots, and found a few rebels in the bunch: This one had two roots and they kept spiraling around each other down the entire length of the carrot. Does it remind…

I Spy with My Little Eye, Something that is Orange

Each fall, when the vegetables have been harvested, I swear I am NEVER going to plant another garden – too much work! Early each spring, when I dig the compost in, I say “I am going to plant the whole thing in poppies and never plant another vegetable seed.” Late each spring, well past when…