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


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.

Thanks for your visit.


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 leaves

A favourite place to rest

Squirrel's Nest


Richmond, Quebec,
a country road

Farmer's Hay

Pumpkin Patch

Windsor, Quebec

Goods for Sale

Thanks for your visit.


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.

Thanks for your visit 


Sunday, November 2, 2008

Black Knot Fungus

 Black Knot Fungus, is a black lumpy fungus that 
feeds on the branches, eventually disfiguring trees.
This disease can occur on both sweet
and sour cherry,  wild cherries and plum trees.
The disease black knot is caused by the fungus
(Apiosporina morbosa) .

     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.

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 diseased pieces must be destroyed,
burnt, or put in the garbage.

The same tree in the Spring in flower

Thanks for your visit