Miniature landscapes cover rock faces, fallen logs in the woods. I found a long stick completely covered in blue lichen and immediately saw its potential as a magic fairy wand. And then I remembered that I didn’t need a fairy wand, so I left it in the forest. I should have at least taken a picture of it :)

Lichenscapes (3)


Lichenscapes (1)

Lichenscapes (2)

{Taken on the forest floor of Meech Lake, Easter Weekend}


Wordless Wednesday - Scilla

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Taking over the world, one lawn at a time.


Meech Lake

A couple of weekends ago was spent mostly outdoors, enjoying the cool breezes and the warmth of the sun. We finally had a chance to visit Meech Lake, part of the Gatineau Hills. In the woods are the remains of an old mill, with a waterfall still running through it.






The deafening rush of water
the crunch of last year’s leaves underfoot
the sunlight cutting through the trees
scaling rocky ledges
breaths of fresh spring air
and a little piece of history in the middle of the woods

are all very good for the soul.



The other day I mentioned that I had seen my first butterfly of Spring. Well, yesterday I saw at least 30 butterflies on my way home. Crossing busy intersections and frantically fluttering overhead, they came in droves. They all looked similar and when one landed on the back of the shed I was able to identify it as a Red Admiral (vanessa atalanta). It seems they all picked the same day to hatch out of their chrysalids. A very knowledgeable person I follow on flickr posted this write-up about them. Now I know it’s not just my imagination; there seems to be an abundance of them this year. Apparently they like olive trees, so keep your eyes peeled, Ottawa. There here!

Just so you know what they look like, the blurry photo below is one I took a couple years ago of one that landed on my camera strap at Mud Lake. It flew away before I could focus on it properly:

admiral and snail shell


Spring musings…

Yes, it’s been awhile.

The good news is that I have been busy with people and things I love, but just haven’t been in the frame of mind to write. I have wonderful pictures to share but the words just escape me.

Springtime has been a warm welcome for us, with cool, fresh mornings and warm sunshine during the day. The magnolias are opening and I even saw my first white butterfly on Thursday.

Last weekend we enjoyed more than one walk through the woods, first at Meech Lake and then through the back property of our family’s farm for Easter. We also walked to The Farm a week ago to see what was blooming. The magnolias were still tightly closed then, but I suspect that some of them are now at their peak. {Please visit if you can!}

cardinal feather 
The Blue Jays and Cardinals have been very active in our yard. The males seem to be doting on the females, collecting food and feeding them; they look like such lovebirds. And I finally found a tatty little red cardinal feather in the garden.

I mentally mark the seasons with random little milestones like these, and I’ve started compiling them into a little notebook that I keep in my bag. So often I will see something while I am out and I can’t get a photograph of it, but I would still like to remember the moment. I think it would be interesting to print my own calendar for the next year that included all of them, to see how they compared to the previous year.

April 12, 2012: Saw the first white butterfly of Spring.

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