Category Archives: flora

Plants

Golden Algae (Chromophyton rosanoffii)

Back in 2007, my brother and I noticed a mysterious golden sheen under a stump along Mosquito Cove trail. Some years later, the mystery was resolved, but until this week I had still not observed the golden sheen again. A … Continue reading

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Bioluminescent Firewood

Two unremarkable chunks of split cedar destined for a fire But look again – something strange is going on. It’s not photoshop tricks, just a long exposure in a dark room with a bit of fill flash I recently was … Continue reading

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Gavan Trail Fungus

Connor, Rowan and I went up Gavan Trail to the Upper Cross trail intersection today. Along the way I stopped to take more pictures of the orange polypore I had noticed previously. While there, Connor pointed out some other interesting … Continue reading

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Bryophytes and Birds

Today was the last day of the Great Backyard Bird Count, and I spent some time today doing a little birding. This morning I kept track of what I was seeing while on a walk through Totem Park, then this … Continue reading

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Licorice Fern on Elderberry

Licorice fern (Polypodium glycyrrhiza) is commonly found as an epiphyte (I think of it mostly on red alder and elderberry, but now that I think about it, I’m not sure it doesn’t occur on other trees and shrubs as well). … Continue reading

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Zygomycete

A couple of weeks back I had stopped to watch for the Northern Mockingbird and before it showed up, noticed some interesting looking growths. It looked like an overgrown mold (the tallest structures were probably 4-5 cm), so I figured … Continue reading

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