I think it is a bullfrog since it has a distinct tympanum (the circular body part just behind and below the eye) and no dorsolateral folds. The diameter of a male’s tympanum is roughly twice that of their eye while a female’s is about the same size. The photograph suggests a tympanum diameter 1.5 times […]
According to All About Birds, killdeer are shorebirds you can see without going to the beach; they are common to lawns and parking lots. Maybe they are not so ubiquitous in Vancouver? Well… I did not see one at the beach, though it was about a 2 minute human walk away on the shore of […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]