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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 discovered a strange and unfamiliar looking black berry and the vine looked similar to a raspberry vine, but bluish tinted  along the…
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Did you know this?

The slowest animal on earth is the three toed sloth, which has an average speed of 0.16 km/h..!   The average lifespan of a dragonfly is 24 hrs!   The butterfly was original called a"flutterby"!   A cockroach can survive a week without it's head!   Reindeer like bananas!   Rabbits like licorice ( so does my dog) 85% of…
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Bird alert

  Last week  I found a pair of Bewick's wrens nesting right next to the back door under our patio cover. They were not too impressed when we decided to have lunch outside and the parents started scolding us or the harsh weessh weesh was meant to tell their offspring to lay low, intruders at bay. Very shy and nervous they…
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What a beauty!!

This morning on my windy walk on the Delta dyke (112th) as a wandered out to the water across the swampy shore I spotted a beautiful  painted caterpillar on a plant, it was the Black Swallowtail caterpillar! It's caterpillar is light brownish and white when young and  looks like bird poop when small, to protect it from predators. The female will lay…
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the galls among us…

This morning on Mud Bay Dyke, my nose caught the sweet fragrance of wild roses in bloom , then,  as I am walking along with my four footed hairy partner, my eyes caught some red, small and furry balls on these rose bushes...Camera ready and shoot. The cutest little galls I have ever seen...  Most galls I have found are on…
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salmonberry

Yesterday May 21, 2014, I tasted my first two ripe salmonberries of the season, right here in Joe Brown Park. now the treasure hunt will begin, on the way to and from school or dog walks!!  Salmon berries also come in yellow , orange and red. They are cousins  of the raspberry and related to the Rose family! The Chinook Tribe…
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Elderberry Flowers

This is a close up of the  edible and aromatic elderberry flower.  The blooms are almost done for Spring! The heavy scent hangs in the air on a still morning.  Elderberries grow almost everywhere, from Joe Brown Park to Mud Bay dyke. In shady areas of the park the flowers have just opened and will be perfect to use in…
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Japanese Knotweed

Japanese Knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum)  is invasive. It originates from Japan. It was brought over here by gardeners who thought the flowers to be lovely and used the plants to occupy any area needing quick growth for hedging and such. This plants reeks havoc in all of Europe as well. These plants have been known to push through concrete and up…
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