Petawawa Terrace

20121013 - fionn colorOur tires crunched over the gravel parking lot, indicating our arrival at our destination about 20 minutes after we left my tiny cottage-apartment in Pembroke. The Wheaten sat upright and whined softly from the back seat. As soon as we released him from his seatbelt he leapt six feet out the car door, nose to ground soaking up the scents. Mid-fall in the Ottawa Valley brought crisp blue skies, puffy white clouds, and long afternoon shadows while the warm, herbal scent of brittle leaves permeated the breeze. I grabbed my camera, a notebook, and my copy of Forest Plants of Central Ontario. My husband took on dog duty. + Read More

What’s Your Ecological Impact?

We are currently sitting at a little over 7 billion humans on Earth. In 1959 we sat at about 3 billion.  We have more than doubled our population in less than the lifespan of a baby boomer. While every other species on Earth has a definable range or habitat in which they can live, we humans continue to push boundaries. Our little blue dot won’t be able to sustain this kind of growth. It’s no wonder there are scientists looking for evidence life and water in our solar system. + Read More

Favorite Childhood Nature Spots

At the back of Shelter Valley Mobile Home Park in Newfield, New York sits single-wide trailer number 541 on the South Way. Growing up I knew it as 55 Shelter Valley Road.  I haven’t been back there in years, but as a child it had to have been the best lot in the park.

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