1. Backyard blooms! All these are in my backyard; it’s nice to see some spring colour.

     
  2. averymuether:

    This is another info graphic I did advocating for snakes. When spring comes around snakes start to come out of hibernation and sometimes will end up in people’s backyards. Snakes around this time are killed left and right, whether it is completely harmless or venomous. I want to urge people to learn about snakes and also to leave snakes alone!

    All creatures have their purpose.

    (via scientificillustration)

     
  3. Hiked along the Bruce Trail near Orangeville, Ontario yesterday. This is a tributary of the Nottawasaga River; the trail crosses it via two neat little wood bridges.

     
  4. Action shots of a delightful little Carolina Wren eating suet in my backyard. I can see this from my kitchen window!!

     
  5. This skunk cabbage was a welcome sign of spring on a lovely hike last Sunday. There had been a light snow overnight which drew us backward, seasonally speaking. By afternoon it had warmed and I was glad to have left my windbreaker in the car. Our hike leader had a spare pair of icers that just so happened to fit my boots; were it not for them I wouldn’t have been able to participate: that much snow and ice remained on ground that still sees more shade than sun.

    I’m looking forward to hiking the Headwaters Trail again, once the last, dogged remnants of snow and ice have melted, and the mud has dried.

     
  6. Bliss.

    (Source: hikingdreams)

     
  7. Two more photographs of the female Northern Cardinal I saw earlier this month.

     
  8. Perfection.

    (Source: hikingdreams)

     
  9. giddytf2:

    doesntafraid:

    shojo:

    marilynshamu:

    foundinthesea:

    so the oldest manatee in human care is named Snooty and he’s in his mid 60’s and lives in some museum in southern florida but apparently he heaves his head and flippers out of his tank all the time and if you don’t find this cute idk there’s something wrong with you

    Omg, I miss him!

    WAIT. OTHER PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT SNOOTY??

    He has very similar body language to an affectionate dog; he’ll grab onto his trainer’s arm with his flipper because he doesn’t want her to go- it’s the cutest thing.

    Aww, what sweet giant manatee.

    Neat! Manatees are so awesome it’s ridiculous.

    (via wolife)

     
  10. Hike log; March 16th, 2014.

    I hiked the Webster’s Falls and Glen Ferguson Side Trails last Sunday. I started the Webster’s Falls side trail from where it leaves the main Bruce Trail along Sydenham Road in Dundas, Ontario. After leaving the road, the trail heads over a bridge, and, starts making its way up the escarpment not long after. Cutting under the CN railroad tracks, it follows an old allowance, left over from the old quarry that was converted into a survey of homes over a decade ago. After another 200 metres or so, there’s a long climb to the top of the escarpment. It was icy there and I was glad I had my trekking poles.

    Another 100 metres or so after the path I was at the top. The amount of ice on the trail was surprising and I had to be careful for the whole hike. After a number of awkward hills and a total of 4.5 kilometres I was at Webster’s Falls.

    After some GORP and a brief rest, I made my way back. Just past Tew’s Falls, which the trail description notes is nearly as high as Niagara Falls, but with less water flow, I took the Glen Ferguson side trail, which heads inland from the edge of the Spencer Gorge; the path the Webster’s Falls trail takes and which used to be part of the main trail. There was almost no ice and I wish I had taken that route earlier, while making my way toward Webster’s Falls. I carried my poles at times as the snow and narrow trail made it difficult to plant them in the ground. The terrain wasn’t bad so it didn’t cause any difficulty.

    Joining the Webster’s Falls trail for the final stretch along the escarpment’s edge, my over confidence led to my first, and only, fall of the hike. Considering the amount of ice and the fact I don’t have a pair of icers to strap over my boots for traction, it was fortunate that I only went down once. The fact that it was on a level part of the trail stung a bit; better there than on a steep hill!

    Not long after that I completed the descent to Sydenham Road, and my hike was done. I did a total of 10.5 kilometres and could easily have done more. My feet were a bit sore when I got home, only because the last part of my walk home was long concrete sidewalks; the firm soles on my boots are great for mud, snow, grass and rocks, but concrete is a bit too firm.

    I’m pleased that I was able to walk that far, especially given that I plan to walk 50 kilometres over two days in September!

    The photograph was taken along the Glen Ferguson Side Trail; I used my Nexus 5’s camera.