#17 Daylily

I found this daylily growing just outside the Grenadier Restaurant in High Park (map). The morning sun was reflecting off the sidewalk to provide this wonderful soft light and rich colours.

Taken on June 11. Nikon D80 with 105mm macro lens; 1/125 sec @ f6.3.

Family: Hemarocalis   Species?

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#16 Future Oak forest

16 White Oaks, sitting in our back yard, waiting for a good home. Not a great photo but it helps to explain the ones below.

It’s been about 6 weeks since we transplanted the acorns. Most are doing very well. The 14″ deep containers will hopefully allow them to develop a deep tap root. The whole thing gets covered with a wooden frame and wire mesh to keep the squirrels and racoons away.

#14 Oak seedling #15 – June 13

The same day we dug up the acorns we transplanted them into individual tubes. These are 4″ diameter x 14″ long pieces of vent pipe with a plywood bottom. Our plan is to give them plenty of room for their long tap roots. When it comes time to put them in their final home, we will remove the plywood bottom and slide the whole plug of soil & oak tree into the ground, without disturbing the roots. That’s the plan anyway; stay tuned.

This shot was taken on June 13. Nikon D80; 105mm macro lens; 1/30 sec @ f29.

#12 Oak seedling #15 – May 20

This is Oak seedling #15 on May 20. My wife found about 20 White Oak acorns in High Park last fall and wanted to see if they would grow. Over the winter we kept them in our back yard covered with oak leaves and chicken wire. Squirrels can smell the good acorns and eat most of them.  Even if they do manage to survive and take root, they are very difficult to transplant, due to their extremely long and delicate tap root.

#11 Beaver in Algonquin

We found this happy beaver on the same morning that I took the shot below (both at Mizzy Lake in July 2009). We actually heard him chewing a long time before we got close enough to take a good look. There was a partially submerged tree that he was using as a breakfast chair and I think he probably felt quite safe surrounded by water.

We sat down on the bank about 15 ft from him and watched him for about half an hour, laughing at his methodical chewing pattern; just like typewriters of pre-70s vintage: crunch, crunch, crunch…left to right, then a quick return to start the next line. As you can see from the skinned branch on the right, the method is effective!

Amazing creatures. Their role in shaping the development of Canada is astounding.

Nikon D80; 200mm zoom; 1/250 sec @ f5.6.

(double click the image for a more detailed view)