Commonly known as a Calla Lily, though it is an aroid, not a lily. The Latin name has some exciting syllables but I found the etymology disappointing: Zantedeschia comes from Giovanni Zantedeschi, a 19th century Italian botanist, and aethiopica refers to Africa. I’m sure Giovanni was a swell guy but I was hoping for a more romantic name like… um… wedding dreams or poisonous beauty? … Continue reading Zantedeschia aethiopica
The troupe of Wigeons left False Creek pond a few weeks ago. So did most of the Mallards and the Canada Geese. Last Thursday the little pond was mostly occupied by a posse of Glaucous-winged Gulls. I decided recently that I take too many pictures, so some days I choose to leave my camera at home. But I always have my iPhone with me. So, … Continue reading Seagull party
While I was photographing yellow flag irises at the Lost Lagoon, a clutch of Mallard ducklings and their mother swam by. They were moving along much faster than the ones I saw at Trout Lake. Once in a while, one of the ducklings would beat its partially developed wings and run over the surface of the water. Very cute! And one duckling would usually lag behind. I counted 11 ducklings. In the picture above, Mama Mallard is waiting for the slow poke.
The slow poke.
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The yellow flag iris (Iris pseudacorus) is not native to North America. It is considered an invasive species. Though very pretty, it can take over a wetland and obliterate every thing else. Stanley Park is making attempts to control the spread of this plant, but I assume it plays a role in treating storm water runoff from the causeway that passes through the park on … Continue reading Lost Lagoon Evening
I was taking pictures of yellow water lilies on the south end of Trout Lake, when I sensed something moving near my feet. Ducklings!!! I guess people have been feeding them since they weren’t very wary of my proximity. They let me stay within two or three feet as they swam along the shore and occasionally walked onto the sand. Continue reading Mama Mallard and her six ducklings
Ha ha! I had no idea what the object on the window sill was when I took the picture. Continue reading Perfect picture
an Audubon’s Warbler (Setophaga coronata auduboni, a subspecies of the Yellow-rumped Warbler) flying into a tree across from The Laughing Bean at the corner of Slocan and Hastings. Well, I saw at least two, a female (photographed above) and a male.
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Pacific Wren (Troglodytes pacificus). Lynn Headwaters Regional Park. Every once in a while, a delightful 10 second song of shrill, melodious notes would fill the forest space I was standing in. The notes were crisp and loud and seemed to bounce off all the trees. I looked up high into the coniferous tree branches, but saw no birds. I looked on the forest floor; it … Continue reading Forest music
Swamp lantern is another appropriate name for this plant. They light up the otherwise dark-brown boggy areas on the side of the trail at Lynn Headwaters Regional Park. Continue reading Western skunk cabbage (Lysichiton americanus)
Fluffy is visiting for a couple of weeks. Lovely weather for a walk this morning. This afternoon, the clouds moved in and the chilly rain ended Vancouver’s sunny streak. Continue reading Fluffy
On Sunday afternoon, I escaped the city to the second growth forest of Lynn Headquarters Regional Park. Since the trails were quite busy, I meandered a small distance into the trail-less forest. I didn’t have to go very far before the dense vegetation, the distant rush of Lynn Creek and the chatter of birds separated me from the hikers, runners and dogs. Winding through the … Continue reading Spider web
Two days ago, I stood outside my old apartment, hoping to take a picture of one of the house sparrows that had embellished my afternoons with delightful piu-piu music. They mostly stayed hidden in the shrubs, but once in a while they would pitter patter on a concrete path and ledge. I didn’t notice the graffiti on the concrete wall; it was far and faint, … Continue reading Beautiful day in the hood