Category Archives: A to Z

P is for Pine

Whenever I write about a tree, I feel like I always introduce it as “one of my favourite trees.”  The western redcedar, the “tree of life” to many west coast peoples, is one of my favourite trees.  So is the … Continue reading

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O is for Owl

Owls are not like other birds.  They hunt at dawn and dusk, in that twilight time when the light is grey and the edges blur.  We may only glimpse their silhouettes against the darkening sky, as they soundlessly swoop down … Continue reading

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N is for Nuthatch

Nuthatches are agile and acrobatic little birds that forage on tree trunks and branches, often moving downwards headfirst or hanging upside down.  Three species of nuthatches live in my area: the Red-breasted (Sitta canadensis), White-breasted (S. carolinensis), and Pygmy (S. … Continue reading

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M is for Mourning Cloak

It’s a lazy late summer afternoon.  The flowers are busy with butterflies hurrying to gather nectar, mate, and lay their eggs before fall.  As I watch, a striking butterfly with dark, yellow-edged wings flutters past.  This butterfly, known as the … Continue reading

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L is for Lichen

As I stand on a forested hillside, I run my hand over the trunk of a large Douglas-fir tree.  Beneath my fingers is not tree bark, but a layer of brilliant yellow-green material.  This is not a plant, though it … Continue reading

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