Category Archives: nature

Gooseberry Fragrance

Raccoons can't resist gooseberry fragrance, a sweet odor signaling possible presence of ripe berries.

Summer brings many good smells including irresistible gooseberry fragrance, a sweet odor raccoons seem to like
investigating for ripe berries.

Summer brings lots of good smells including irresistible gooseberry fragrance in air from small bushes loaded with big ripe and ripening juicy, sweet, berries.

Although some humans are more sensitive than others regarding sweet odors from multiple sources animals are much better equipped distinguishing yummy smells even in trace amounts.

Last week during night a gang of furry rascals raided our backyard probably deciding to investigate a strange sweet odor in the air fortunately I heard them and took action however, not before turning our gooseberries bushes a mess while they gorged themselves on ripe berries.

One of masked marauders’ leaders depicted, this mature raccoon looks so innocent meanwhile, keeping a careful eye on me concerned about what I was about to do to kick them out of the yard.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”FRAGRANCE”.

Dormant Death Saprophyte

Rains awaken dormant death spore under decaying leaves emerging disguised as mature Amanita family saprophyte.

Awakened by rains dormant death spore under decaying leaves emerges disguised as mature Amanita family
saprophyte awaiting foolish mushroom pickers.

In forest a dormant spore under decaying leaves until recent rains death awaits disguised as this mature Amanita family saprophyte awaiting those foolish enough to pick and eat it.

Mushroom looks innocent enough viewed from this angle where what is left of its shroud or skirt on the long stem is not visible as warning that it belongs to famous family responsible for most poisonous fungi toxin deaths.

Although the exact name of this member is not known to me, I know that it is best to leave this saprophyte I saw last Sunday in an Eastern Townships forest alone.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”DORMANT”.

Frozen Soil

Winter season already frozen soil and light snow dusting doesn't stop work at Dollard-des-Ormeaux construction site.

Construction work continues despite Winter season already frozen soil and light snow Dollard-des-Ormeaux community center extension site.

Construction continues at site despite Winter season and light snow dusting on already frozen soil, work must be done to complete the Dollard-des-Ormeaux community center extension on time.

The scene depicts construction work that continued right through last Winter and only completed a few months ago resulting in more valuable space available for community events for Dollard residents as well as entire West Island.

The extension built  grafted to the existing community center structure and looks like it was there always yet it’s only this year that they completed it on time and within budget.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”SOIL”

Bumble Bee Approved Blossom

Mountain Cornflower is Bumble Bee approved and loved attractive, robust, invasive, weedy, high yield nectar producing plant.

Knapweed “Mountain Cornflower” is a Bumble Bee approved blossom known for abundant nectar produced that naturally attracts many insect pollinators such as bees.

This Mountain Cornflower (Centaurea Triumfettii) is a Bumble Bee approved blossom known for abundant nectar produced which naturally attracts many insect pollinators such as bees.

Centaurea Triumfettii is a plant belonging to genus Centaurea herbaceous species of thistle-like flowering plants from the Asteraceae family of knapweeds that are very robust and tend to dominate adjoining areas of landscapes where they grow, I know this from personal experience in our backyard flower garden.

When these are in blossom in May I’ve noticed a lot of insects like bees including the Bumble Bee regularly visiting and extracting the high nectar content meanwhile, picking up pollen however, another insect I don’t like or want also visits in abundance,  ants including the black carpenter ants.

Squarrose Knapweed is another name used to describe this  herbaceous perennial plant growing 30–60 centimetres (12–24 in) high and its flowers normally last until August.

As my picture shows, its inner flowers are bright purple while the outer ones azure blue or deep mauve, a very attractive combination then again, many very common invasive weeds also have similar attributes going for them as experience has shown.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”BLOSSOM”.

Departed Friend

Dearly departed friend Mooshie, our orange tabby, loved strategically positioning himself to see what's going on in back yard.

My dearly departed friend Mooshie, our orange tabby, loved our back yard and would often strategically position himself overlooking it to observe what’s going on.

My dearly departed friend Mooshie, our orange tabby, loved our back yard and often found himself a strategic spot overlooking it especially if we happened to be doing something in the yard.

Here he is eyeing me as I prepared to take this picture of him at the top of the stairs of our back gallery, it may have been that he was waiting for me to let him inside our home for some chow I don’t recall now.

I sometimes miss my little friend because he seemed to always be there at top of the stairs when we arrived home after opening the front door, or certainly nearby carefully hidden in a secret spot overlooking it all.

We were lucky to have our dear Mooshie for 19 years and his sudden exist has left a void in our hearts hopefully filled soon by our next animal friend however, it’s been difficult to forget our late little buddy because he was truly unique.

This my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”FRIEND”.

Adrift Turtle

Adrift , motionless, seemingly lifeless, turtle floating in murky, greenish colored Centennial Park lake.

Adrift , motionless, seemingly lifeless, turtle floating around in murky, greenish colored water of man-made lake in Centennial Park.

Adrift , motionless, seemingly lifeless, turtle floating around in the murky, greenish colored water of man-made lake in Centennial Park perhaps, it is just getting its bearings before slipping under the water again.

Actually, it is just scouting around trying to get its share of what certain people have thrown onto the surface of the water despite posted warning signs forbidding this.

I took this picture a couple of years ago in late fall, while witnessing a feeding frenzy by local ducks and geese competing with several types of fish such as large size carp, catfish,  and goldfish and this little fellow, who probably “heard about it through the grapevine and it blew his mind!”

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”ADRIFT”.

Final Drain Off

Final drain off of polluted, stinken, water from nearby Riviere-des-prairies has begun helped by nature and water pumps.

Final drain off of polluted water from nearby Rivière-des-Prairies has begun helped by sun, wind, and gas-powered municipal pumps running all day.

The final drain off of polluted, stinking, water from the nearby Riviere-des-prairies helped in last few days with some decent sun and wind along with municipal gas-powered pumps strategically installed by city maintenance crews running all day.

Since my last post on Tuesday dealing with the “flood of the century” that hit both Quebec and Ontario provinces, the water has reluctantly started to recede although the flood remains for property closer to the river and other low-lying areas.

Despite progress on the outside very little has changed inside many inundated basements in affected parts of Pierrefonds.

Elsewhere, in affected areas in the province of Quebec, things remain grim despite a bit less water hanging around moreover, many have lost their homes which remain under water.

When will it all end is anybody’s guess however, optimism, faith in the Almighty, and lots prayer will certainly help and is needed along with a huge amount of money for all the resources and work done by municipal employees, police, military, and brought in specialists needed to resolve this.

Also, more volunteers and everything they need to help them doing their work assisting the “professionals” before this whole mess ends.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”FINAL”

Pond Squiggly Reflecting

Breeze skims pond water creates ripples and overhanging lilies cause squiggly reflecting long shadows on sunlit blue surface.

Slight breeze skims pond surface creates ripples while overhanging lilies cause squiggly reflecting shadows on sunlit navy blue water.

A slight breeze skimming over pond surface creates ripples while lilies overhanging it cause squiggly reflecting long dark shadows on navy blue water bathed by bright late afternoon sun.

This scene happened several years ago near a small man-made pond out in the mountains of the Quebec Eastern Townships near the small town of Georgeville where I was visiting.

As it always happens once a lake or pond is created Mother Nature gives a helping hand decorating the fringes of the body of water with a myriad of different grasses and other plants providing locals such as small frogs, snakes, and salamanders a place to hide out waiting for their prey.

It also becomes home for various insects that lay their eggs on or near the water to hatch and fly around perhaps becoming pests to humans meanwhile, also providing a source of food for the frogs, that sometimes end up as dinner for snakes or animals such as raccoons etc.

I took this interesting picture the moment I saw those wonderful shadow patterns melding with the tiny ripples propagating across the pond’s water.

This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”REFLECTING”.

Temporary Immersible

Temporary immersible car was a submerged obstacle in dirty, polluted waters of Pierrefonds boulevard "lake" as area flooded.

Temporary immersible car a  submerged obstacle in dirty, polluted waters of Pierrefonds boulevard “lake” formed from flood waters of Montreal’s back river, Rivière-des-Prairies.

Until recently this temporary immersible car was a submerged obstacle in the dirty, polluted waters of the Pierrefonds boulevard “lake” part of the Rivière-des-Prairies, the overflowing back river branch of the mighty Saint Lawrence river that straddles the Island of Montreal.

Apparently, this car was abandoned when quick rising river water flooded this area, probably because it stalled before the owner could make it onto the curb, which also ended up under the water.

I took this picture this afternoon after walking for about half hour from Sources boulevard, a main road running north-south located considerably east of this scene past that distant police car on the far left and which is higher ground.

The good news is, in this part of Pierrefonds boulevard, water has receded a lot compared to last Sunday when water covered the road up to where that other distant police car is parked, at the traffic lights, blocking any unauthorized vehicles heading towards this still flooded area.

Additionally, I also noticed municipal work crews running gas-powered, heavy-duty, industrial pumps draining water from people’s backyards onto the boulevard, where it emptied into the sewer system that seems to still function despite the lake at this end.

As I walked back towards Sources boulevard I overheard people, some depicted in this picture, excitedly talking about when they would throw a party in gratitude for all the help they gave each other as neighbors during this disaster encouraging one another for what awaits them next after this is all over.

As of this post Montreal still remains under a state of emergency that is expected to last perhaps, for weeks meanwhile, a similar status exists in other parts of the province of Quebec, where things according to news reports, are really dire in some places.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”Temporary”.

Unpreparedness Exposed

Government unpreparedness exposed by "flood of the century" in Quebec and Ontario from incessant spring rains affecting river water levels.

Government unpreparedness exposed by “flood of the century” now happening in Montreal and elsewhere in Quebec and Ontario fomenting growing public anger.


Government unpreparedness exposed in light of the “flood of the century” now happening in Montreal and elsewhere in Quebec and Ontario in numerous municipalities bordering along the Saint Lawrence and Ottawa rivers and their branches.

Floods happen yearly in certain low-lying areas and flood zones already known by the federal and provincial governments however, the disaster now unfolding clearly shows that our politicians hate planning.

They are reluctant to stick their neck out lest they would be criticized for it by the voracious, scandal-seeking mass media and their citizens moreover, it may also cost some of the tax loot they’ve collected and horde for their own schemes.

Further, there are less photo-ops available compared to when a flood actually happens, and being visible in a media scrum on TV answering prearranged, select questions makes good news building up an image of honesty, confidence, and competence especially if this happens just before a coming election.

They rather initially wait quietly in the background until no other option is available before reacting heck, actually planning for the future regarding possible unforeseen, unfortunate, events that mother nature regularly and randomly pulls out of her magic hat is dangerous waiting seems much better, moreover, politicians are already adept at deflecting blame because they know that time is on their side when they delay answering “hot” issues.

As time passes public anger mellows out as people try to carry on with their lives and start to forget about their material losses, homes, and businesses meanwhile, governments change and politicians busily rearrange the deck chairs on the sinking Titanic some disappearing from public view settling into their comfortable, gold-plated, pensions.

Politicians are however, very quick to usurp $$billions in taxpayers money through various “climate change” schemes like “carbon taxes”, “sustainability”, or “green technologies” scams.

They attend and gather at events like the famous Paris Accord or the earlier Helsinki Conference, arriving on large gas guzzling jet aircraft and being ferried to their luxurious 5 star hotels, fed, and entertained at exclusive restaurants and nightclubs all on taxpayers’ dime.

Afterwards, $$billions in taxpayer’s money is very generously “donated”, distributed to international cronies and allies under disguise of allegedly helping poor developing countries meanwhile, thousands at home remain homeless uncared for.

The flooding happening now certainly was unforeseen and unimagined however, a national emergency contingency plan or set of plans should have been in place and triggered the moment it happened saving a lots of property and easing the massive disruption of affected hard-working taxpayer’s lives.

What we’ve seen is a type of knee-jerk, delayed, reluctant, reaction taking up lots of valuable time before the collective political brain trust kicked in, despite what already happened in Calgary in 2013 and Fort McMurry last year, expensive disasters it seems no lessons learned from.

In the next few weeks the flood situation in Quebec and Ontario will end however, the damage done to people’s lives will endure for years just as it has with all previously mentioned disasters meanwhile, an accounting will take place or should, hopefully taking into account this inexcusable, delayed, reactive face-saving exercise by our governments.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”EXPOSED”.