Take a walk on the wild side.....

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  1. pmurphy

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    The rain was holding off this morning so we headed for the dog park. There's not too much color in the trees right now but we did encounter some "wildlife"; isabella tiger moth caterpillar, also known as the woollybear. He was looking so pretty on the green mosses...
     

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    @pmurphy good evening P, there is always something in nature to see if we take the time to look. I'm loving your photos from your walks in the dog park.
     
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    My mother sent me some photos of the trees she has taken over the last couple of weeks, before the snows started earlier this week (she has also learned how to label the images)...
     

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    Back to the dog park this morning where things are looking very Fall - bare trees and leaves on the ground, but there's still some green....
     

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    Our morning walk along the River Itchen today was for the most uninspiring, until we came across the Cornus alba Dogwood brightening up the river Bank. Quite invasive tbh and it was planted by the 'river authority', but the colours were lovely.
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    A little gloomy today so only got one nice photo...
    Bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum) - I love the pattern on the bark of this one.
     

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    My mother sent a photo of the trees....it's been snowing for a few days, wet heavy stuff like what we get here on the coast
     

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    Thats a keeper photo P. Makes you shiver just looking at it, 'Winter' has arrived.
     
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    Here are a couple more photos from my mother....
     

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    That second photo in particular is outstanding - looks almost like an abstract painting.
     
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    @pmurphy good morning P, your mother certainly has the eye for a good photo. 'Gorgeous'
     
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    I agree with Margot, the second photo is amazing!!!
     
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    It always amuses me how trees and shrubs vary from one year to the next in the quantity of flowers they produce or the number of seeds and berries. Last year saw the most incredible production of Garry Oak (Quercus garryana) acorns I have ever witnessed in my 15 years living here. The sad thing is having to pull them up by the dozen as weeds.

    The year before it was Acer macrophyllum. I pulled literally hundreds of seedlings.

    This year has produced a bumper crop of bright orange Arbutus menziesii berries. I know from experience that every berry contains dozens of seeds and every darn one germinates. So, next year . . .

    I've posted this in 'Take a walk on the wild side" but, in this case, the wild side is also in my garden.
     

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    We just got back from the dog park and the snow is starting to fall here in Vancouver. Kind of a drab day but I did find one shot that stood out....maple on chestnut.
     

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    Is the sixth picture is a kangaroo. Or I mistook it with some kind of beaver?? I'm not right?
     
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    Sixth photos is Alces alces, what we call a moose in North America, but is also known as an elk in Eurasia.
     
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    I'm curious to see the photo in question but can't find it going back several pages.
     
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    @Margot, can you not click the up arrow that follows "pmurphy said:"? It's on another page, so it even works for me on the Edge browser.
     
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    Ah - yes I can - never even noticed it before but I can see how useful it is. Thanks.
     
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    This morning whilst out walking through the woods we came across this Bracken that looked quite picturesque on its own. Drypoteris filix-mas. The underside was very photogenic as well.
     

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    Wikipedia tells me that "Bracken" refers specifically to Pteridium, not to ferns in general. Is it different in Britain?
    This does seem to me to be two different ferns, though.
     
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    Apologies, the last two are lady ferns Athrium- femina and the first is a Drypoteris filix-mas.. Not Bracken at all !!! Silly mistake on typing on my part.
     
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    Now after my mess up the other day re Bracken, I thought I would post this from a walk this morning. We thought it looked wonderful in the bright and I must say 'very' warm sun.
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