Sunday, November 16, 2008

Biodome Montreal

Today I visited the Biodome. A Museum of the environment involving five ecosystems, A Tropical Forest, A Laurentian Forest, St. Lawrence Marine Ecosystem, Arctic and Antarctic.

Please note that I only took a few pictures. There is a lot more to see.
Tropical Birds
do you see the bird?

*****************beautiful vegetation**********************


More Tropical Birds


the Arctic
view from a window
huge turtle on the rock

Suzanne, Martin, Sabrina and Mathieu

Tropical Dried Flowers
Dried Palm Leaves
The Biodome is A Great Place to visit.

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Friday, November 14, 2008


Autumn/Fall is a beautiful season
in this part of the country
because of its many beautiful
deciduous trees....

Martin and  Mathieu, A stroll in the Woods

Wales Home Sugar Shack, 
Richmond, Quebec..

Sabrina and Mathieu, 
fun in the leave
A favorite Place to Rest
Squirrel's Nest


Richmond, a country road

Farmer's Hay

Pumpkin Patch
Windsor, Quebec

Goods for Sale

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Columnar Oak Tree

This is a pyramidal english oak tree.
Beautiful columnar tree. 
Narrow upright tree,
 with dark green leaves
 that hold color until fall; 
then turn a beautiful red brown.
The leaves stay on most of the winter...
Makes an attractive Garden Tree.

A leave that I dried

Small acorns on the branches, 
in winter, attract squirrels.

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Sunday, November 2, 2008

Black Knot Fungus

Black knot fungus  
The disease black knot is caused by the fungus  (Apiosporina morbosa) . Black knot can occur on both sweet and sour cherry,  wild cherries and plum trees.This is a black lumpy fungus that feeds on the branches, eventually disfiguring the tree.
     The Black knot fungus infects trees between April and June during warm, wet weather. The first symptom is a small, light brown swelling on the current or last year’s growth. These swellings are difficult to notice at first until the following spring when they enlarge and appear as an olive green velvety knot. During this stage the fungus produces spores which are released at or near the time the trees are beginning to leaf. Spore release is heaviest at blossom time. Soon after, the knots become darker and by fall, they appear as the black knots that are atypical of the symptoms. The disease may not be recognized until one or two years after the original infection. Knots will continue to grow until they girdle the branch and kill it. Severe infections can eventually kill the tree.

     Examine your trees yearly for the presence of Black knot. Remove all infected branches from any diseased trees adjacent to the property if possible. Prune out and destroy infected branches before bud break. Prune at least 2-4 inches below each knot because the fungus grows beyond the edge of the knot itself. If pruning or removal of major limbs is not possible then you must cut away the knot down to healthy wood at least 1/2 inch beyond the knot. Infected trees usually require pruning on an annual basis until the disease is completely eradicated.
  1. Avoid planting new plums, prunes or cherries next to or downwind from areas with a significant black knot problem.
  2. Fungicides may offer protection against Black knot, but are likely to be ineffective if pruning and sanitation are ignored. These treatments are generally not recommended in urban ares
Source: My Garden Patch

Many pieces of fungus, -- approx. 10 were cut from the tree.
A large knot of fungus

Martin removing some branches.

Showing a large piece of black fungus.

He has a long tool to do the job...

the same tree in the Spring in flower

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Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween Night

Lea and Sabrina friends - 2 princeses
Suzanne's Carved Pumpkins

Mathieu - Looking at something Scary....

The Neighbours

A real live man

Not a live man

Other neighbours

My Favorite

Sabrina and Granny

The Haunted House
The Haunted House Grave Yard


Favorite Guys

The Mean Pumpkin

Mathieu getting ready to go out

Sabrina- A Little Princess

It was a very nice evening for "trick or treating". The weather was mild. A lot of children with beautiful costumes. Suzanne and Martin went out with the children with their friends down the street.I stayed home costumed as a pumpkin and gave out the treats. We closed the door after approx. 115 treats were passed out. The highlight of the evening was a visit to the Haunted House close by.

A beautiful evening enjoyed by all.. ..

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