My Taxonomy project: naming things

“I believe in the power and mystery of naming things. Language has the capacity to transform our cells, rearrange our learning patterns of behavior, and redirect our thinking. I believe in naming what’s right in front of us because that is often what is most visible.  Eve Ensler

I love to put names on things.  When I was an undergraduate at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse, (more years ago than I care to remember!) I took many many courses that involved using taxonomic keys to find out the common and scientific names of plants, animals, fungi and lots of other organisms.  It was one of the things I most loved doing and when I graduated from ES&F, I asked my parents for a copy of Britton and Brown’s Illustrated Flora.  This was in 2 volumes at that time and I was in heaven when they actually found it and gave it to me.

Over the years I have accumulated naturalist guidebooks for birds, fungi, ferns, lichens, plants, seashore and you name it.  When I see something, I want to know what to call it.  That’s how it becomes part of me and part of my sense of home and belonging.  If I can name you, you’re a friend.  For example, on one of the hikes I go on with my partner, J, we pass this old growth Douglas Fir and it is our favourite tree on that trail.  The last time we went up I asked her, do you think it’s a grandmother or a grandfather.  J, being the practical woman she is said “It’s just a tree.”  Hmm.  I like to honour these older trees when I pass by them and they often seem to have genders to me and since it was Just A Tree, and to me it was obviously a grandmother, I have named it Grandmother JAT. Now it’s also a friend 🙂

So wy did I tell you all this?  Well, I have been taking pictures of plants and animals for years and lately, I decided to go back through all my photos and use Photoshop to create my own attractive taxonomic pages.  Because that helps me to remember what I’ve seen and named and adds to my circle of “friends”.  I thought I’d share them with you in this blog from time to time.  My ultimate plan is to print them out as full size photographic pages and make a scrapbook from them.  There’s no order to them right now, just images I liked with their names and some other details.  Here’s a few of those images.

Alpine Chickweed-1Pink Monkey flower-1Chocolate Lily-1 These are some of the flowers I’ve photographed on hikes in the alpine.  And the feature image at the top is one of the slime moulds I captured, Trichia decipiens, on a hike on Grouse Mt. a few years back.

Hope you enjoyed meeting and making some new friends.

Rich

The Story of The Survivor

How can I NOT reblog this. I’m one of the “stars” and was the “spotter” that day of said Survivor!! 🙂

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27958991119_6f94955617_z The Survivor makes a powerful first impression. It’s one of the more unique trees that I have known

In a cool, quiet, forest glade in the North Shore Mountains sits a most venerable tree. Surrounded by a healthy stand of Pacific Silver Fir, this Western Red Cedar makes a daunting first impression. As you approach it from the south, the first thing you notice is the gaping wedge that has been cut from the trunk that almost resembles a mouth, of sorts. The many burls and aged trunk bely its centuries of growth, and its top thrives brilliantly, likely well into a seventh century of growth. Countless folk cruise within 40 metres of it it unwittingly every day without noticing it, on their way to Norvan Falls and points beyond. I call this tree The Survivor, and its narrative is well worth sharing.

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Wake up Wednesday

To this view from my window.  Pretty nice.

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Looking North at the Fannin Range and Sugar Mt and Diez Vistas ridge left of centre and Eagle Ridge with Tangled Summit centre to right.

It’s hard to deny; I live in a pretty spectacular area and we have a great view from our house!  Especially in winter when the leaves are off our neighbours trees.

Course, it can get slippery going up or down our hill before the plow and sander/salt trucks arrive!

Talk again later,

Rich 

Cloud on the Inlet

I wanted to get in a good exercise walk today and when I looked out my window, I saw that there was a cloud sitting on the inlet.  It was pretty cold, front steps were icy and slippery, but it was going to be a sunny day as there was sun everywhere else so I figured it would either be a walk in total fog with no views or the sun might burn it off.

Got in the car and motored down the hill to corner of Moody and St John’s.  Parked there and walked the rest of the way to Rocky Pt park and continued around the inlet as planned.

I was not disappointed!  Although on the way to my turn around at Orchard Beach, all the boardwalks were frosted and slippery, on the way back, most of them had defrosted as the sun did come out.  And there was opportunity for some spectacular images, IMHO.

So here you go.  Enjoy

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Pretty neat, huh!!! 🙂 Almost wish I’d brought my real camera!

Keep rambling,

Rich

My Everchanging View

The view from my windows is ever changing with the season and is often very beautiful.  Here’s what it looked like a little while before all the leaves fell off and after an early dash of snow.

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looking at the mountains
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looking closer at the mountains and shrubbery
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my front yard Japanese red maple

Isn’t my little part of the world a beautiful place.  8 =)

Enjoy,

Rich