Monday, November 25, 2019

spring log 2016

Spring 2014
first potentilla arenosa blooming April 13

Spring 2016
March 23 2 Hairy Woodpeckers busy
March 24 breaking through ice on  the driveway
March 25 crocus fuzzy head on jozinamaria mountain
March 26 Swans at Kusawa
March 29  Crocus almost blooming, kinnikinnick almost blooming on jm mountain
                 Yard clear of snow
April 1 first crocus blooming
           Mourning Cloaks and Grey or Hoary Commas out ( butterflies)
April 4 douglasia blooming
April 8  my notes are not quite clear but i think it say that driving along the Takhini river toward Kusawa lake
            we saw:
             31 swans
             8 golden eyes
             1 merganser +
             8  other ducks
April 9 same my notes not clear
            we saw:
            49 swans ( 4 juveniles)
            19 ducks ( mainly mallards) +
             3 golden eyes
             2 mergansers
             1 pintail
             1 wigeon
April 13  2 swans on ice at the 911-pond

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

clear cut June 26 2019

What is growing there after two years.

foxtails (Hordeum)
Calamagrostis purpuratus
altai fescue
Alop...   a grass
scorpion weed (Phacelia)
jacob's ladder
Gentialnella procurus
northern bedstraw ( Galium borealis)
blue burr , stickseed
strawberry spinach
siberian aster
cutleaf anemone
poorman's weed
northern jasmin
a mustard
lamb's quarter
sasketoon berry
Astragalis campestris
alpine vetch
labrador lousewort

 i know i missed some grasses, i think an elymus is growing there
i suspect i missed willow
and probably a few more.

I have been clipping the poplars

spring log 2008

april 21 or 26 grouse drumming
april 22 spring call "feebee" from chicadee
april 25 crocusses blooming on highest ridge below the mountain
april 25 snow gone for some small patches
april 25 still crossing moose skull lake on ice
april 25 creek running
may 3 birch sap running
may 4 robin

Monday, December 24, 2018

my old blog, a place where i will find things again

Last October we cleared a small stretch of forest, it's wood  still a bit green, but keeping us warm when the temperature dips below minus 20.
In July I took photos what is coming up in the opened up space, the ground only  disturbed by heavy equipment, but not dug up or dug over.
This winter I have clipping up the new poplars, I don't want there to be a forest again in a few years, i would like it to stay open, it improves our view of the mountains.
The poplars are the first to grow back and vigorously so. The spruce take much longer. But when we came here 22 years or so ago, the spruce in front of the house had doubled in size. I always say the first 7 years they did not grow one bit, but the last 10 years they grew a few meters.

Now I am hoping by clipping the poplars every year, and eventually the spruce too, I hope that somehow it will stay a nice wild rose meadow.

here you see all the Poplar in the foreground, Fireweed one blooming the first year, Northern Bedstraw blooming. tiny rose plants, strawberry plants, grass and some yarrow leaves....

more of the same, and i see some small plants that could be Beardtongue and or Bluebells

Here you see lots of Bedstraw blooming, and in the right hand bottom corner is that a yellow Oxytrope blooming?

looking west into the forest how it was. West always had lots of fireweed, south there was grass and east thicker forest and the hole.And the forest floor in that cleared patched had soapberries and roses.

In the bottom middle I see Eskimo Potato in seed.

Friday, October 5, 2018


images flying by

camp robbers first
then the magpies came
out of the corner of my eye
i saw a great shadow
the raven returned

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Spring log 1997

In the spring of 2017 I entered my spring logs, that I kept over the years some years, here. I found another one yesterday.

Spring 1997
feb 2 squirrel active
feb 9 bike riding
feb 22 +5 C
feb 23 rain
february  starting to play  ball and soccer
march 19 mudplay
april 5 it warmed up
april 6 dinner outside
april 9 +12 C
april 20 a robin
may 2 robin singing a lot
may 3 blue bird
april 24 snow gone
april 24 grouse drumming
may 2 crocus blooming by the rock
may 15 lots of crocuses blooming on the property
may 15 leaves coming on to the trees
may 21 grey jays have young ones
may 24 gooseberrybush blooming