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Something about Cedars

The cedar trees in Country Woods are one of 30 species, belonging to the pine, cypress and other coniferous cone bearing evergreen families. Thuja Plicata is our native Western Red Cedar and is a member of this group. They are “monoecious”, which means that they...

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Orchids at Watershed Park??!!

Rush Rush Rush!!  We are always in a rush...  In Watershed Park Surrey BC, a perfect place to unwind, to walk with friend or dog.  It`s cool and shady beneath the canopy of maples, firs and cedars. The sounds of birds chattering, wood peckers pecking and calling their...

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Mushrooms

October and November are generally the best months for finding different mushroom species, especially after a rain shower. Some of the local mushrooms that can be observed and eaten are: “the chanterelle, boletes, oysters mushrooms, shaggy manes and puffballs”. More...

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Nature Nuts at Crescent Park

Definite visible signs of Spring in the last day of Winter!! We enjoyed a great walk along the outer trails of the park and cut across through the open soccer field towards the pond below. Everywhere were Indian plum in bloom and greening up with bright leaves. Their...

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Nature Nuts at “North 40”

This Friday was a very mild but overcast day at North 40, a dog off leash area, North of Churchill and 72nd street, is a little jewel of a walk in Ladner.  Formerly used as a military airfield and communications station located beside Boundary Bay. After its closure...

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Berries Anyone?

This week, on my daily neighborhood walks with the children and the dog, we encountered lots of edible berries, such as the red huckleberry, thimble berries, some wild raspberries, saskatoon berries, creeping blackberries (my personal favorite) and yesterday we...

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Nature Nuts at Mud Bay Park

A glorious day it was, mild temps and virtually no wind. We started off with finding fresh nettles all along the first part of trail, they were about 6 inches tall and looked so tempting but decided to wait and pick on the way back. We discovered wild mustard...

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Spiders Around Us

Spiders, don’t hate them but tolerate them, Spiders are not bugs or insects, they have eight legs, most have 8 eyes, have no bones but an exoskeleton and they come in many sizes and colors. They have the amazing ability to adapt to different temperatures and...

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Crescent Beach

It was a blustery, but mild, Friday when we met at Crescent Beach. We found scented yellow which hazel and pink rhododendrons in bloom in the neighborhood above the beach . Breathed in the fresh warm salty air once at the shore. Marvelled at the gulls which seemed to...

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Deas Island Regional Park

This 300 acre park is named after the settler John Sullivan Deas, a mulllatto tinsmith,  who once owned a primary cannery that produced the largest amount of salmon on the Fraser River in the late 1800's. The weather this chilly Friday morning was 3 degrees, partly...

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