20160420 Spring prep on “420”

What is “420”?

Ans:   A codeword for the cannabis counterculture holiday in North America.

So I celebrated by making a short drive to see some of my haunts for signs of early spring activity.

Here are the results and some preparations:

In the pond between Grundy Lake Provincial Park and the CPR crossing on Hwy 522 these skittish Wood Ducks scurried quickly away, but not before the long lens captured a glimpse.  First sight of them this spring:

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A short (because of a muddy washout) trip up Jamot Lumber Road revealed these Trailing Arbutus, just before bloom.  They bloomed at the end of April last year.

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Along Hwy 522, just west of the latest washout, the Marsh Marigolds are starting to emerge and will probably blossom in two weeks.

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Inuksuk marks a rock-cut which has many interesting flora.

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Early Saxifrage:

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And here is an example of another of those horrible invasive weeds that afflict urban spaces:

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The leaves and stems of Pale Corydalis are attractive in their own right.  Their purple / yellow flowers are also very attractive:

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I can’t resist including this triplet:

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On the way home I checked the wild leeks over the bridge over the Still River on the other side of my property.  They were up about 2-3 cm.

On the way back I heard the whistle and saw the start of a long train pulling over 200 (empty) tank cars.  (Those trees are on my property.)

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And this is the end!

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I thought that I’d share some nice stuff that I got from Gratefulness (which I follow) this morning.   Some very nice photos with bird and other nature sounds:

http://www.gratefulness.org/resource/sound-sanctuary/

Nice, eh?

 

One thought on “20160420 Spring prep on “420”

  1. “nice eh?”: OH YES and Tom, it’s your composition and those amazing textures !! Thank you.

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