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  • Travelling beautiful British Columbia

    Northern Arrow Lake,BC,Canada

    Ferry crossing of northern Arrow Lakes

    We often forget how beautiful a place is, and often it is the region where we live.  While travelling this summer we travelled north from Castlegar to Revelstoke (British Columbia, Canada)  We crossed the northern Arrow Lakes with a ferry and the views were awesome.  We camped at a Provincial campsite adjacent to the lake that night, had a nice campfire with other campers and had a very pleasant evening.

    Have a great summer!

  • Natural patterns-trembling Aspen

    We visited our family during the kid’s summer holidays and on our return from Prince George the aspen trees caught my attention.

    Between Prince George (northern British Columbia) and Quesnel, the majority of aspen trees looked grey.  During the summer and early autumn, the foliage of aspen trees is a deep green, not quite as dark as the evergreen trees in the area.  The trees looked oddly ghostly, not normal at all.  I first thought it might be a mildew infestation.  Then I thought, it might be possible that an early frost had hit the trees.  But this did not seem right because a frost would hit the top branches and not necessary the inner branches.

    I finally stopped to have a closer look.  I soon realized it was an insect infestation. Insect larvae had eaten through the very thin layers of a leaf and exited at the far end of the leaf.  The reason why leaves appeared grey was because the green chlorophyll layer had been eaten by the insect larvae.  The patterns created by these insects were beautiful.
    A further look at the Aspen leaf miner, see link at the end of this article.

    Beautiful patterns in a aspen leaf.

    A pathway of an insect

    Ghostly looking trembling aspen

    Along the Prince George Highway BC grey aspen were the norm.

    A grey forest!

    Grey aspen in the foreground.  Green fir in the background.

    During the summer months, aspen are similar in colour
    to other green plants below the aspen.
    The grey was startling against a backdrop of green fir and close to pale
    green herbaceous plants.

    The whole aspen tree canopy was consumed by these insects.

    In nature, you never know what there is to see.

    Aspen infestation in the news.

  • Wild Honey bee colonies In Australia’s Centre

    Walking trails in the Center

     

    The Australian outback is an amazing world of contrast:  red and black cliffs, dry desert landscape with water-filled gorges, prickly spiky plants with  soft colourful flowers, beautiful birds and their loud calls.  I was lucky enough to call Australia my home when I was a child and always look forward to going back, seeing my family and having another look at the land.  This year, I spent quite a bit of my holidays in Australia’s Center.  I wanted to check out more of the land and walking is a great way of doing it.  We bought our food and water from the town of Alice Spring and went walking along a number of different trails.
     
     
    Depending on the light, cliffs are either red, burnt orange
    purple or varying co.lours in between.
    Honey bee colony on a cliff in the Center.

    We saw quite a bit of wild life including kangaroos and lots of birds.  There were very few insects around because night time temperatures were around freezing a lot of the nights.  I was pleasantly surprised though  when Matt showed me a honey bee colony.  Matt told me he had seen them at this location before.  It  was about 30 feet up on a cliff.  Honey bee comb attached to an open cliff would be a rare sight in Canada, but in Desert country it is the perfect place.  There is very little rain to speak of so a colony does not need protection from the rain.    Since it had rained recently, trees and shrubs were showing off their bloom.  This of course means food for  honey bees.

     
    Gum tree flowers with a foraging honey bee.
    Hakia flowers provide lots of nectar for birds called Honey-eaters
    River beds and cliffs provide great habitat for all kinds

    of wildlife including lizards, cliff dwelling birds and hawks.

     

    In the next little while, I will be adding a few more blogs of my trip.  You can imagine the number of photos I took!  Have a great summer!
     
     
     

     

     
     
  • Paris gardens,France

    Paris, Parc de Bercy.
    A quiet space, away from the hustle and bustle
    Paris:  The hustle and bustle of a thorougfare

    Just around the corner from the hustle and bustle!
    We have arrived in Paris!  

    River Seine

    Bluebell

    A vegetable garden within the park

  • Olive tree flowers in Italy

    We had a wonderful visit to Rome.  Always on the look-out for Bee pollinated flowers, I managed to see an olive tree in full bloom.  Olive trees have a grey foliage with tiny cream coloured flowers. 
    Olive tree flowers in full bloom- end of May.

    The huge and awesome Colosseum of Rome.

    The local roads of the ancient Roman town of Pompei with Mt Vesuvius in the background.
    One of the beautiful mosaics of Pompei.  
    A delicate 5 coloured mosaic in the ancient coastal port of Rome,  Ostia Antica.
    Most mosaics that we saw were black and white.