I enjoy pretty much everything there is that has to do with the outdoors. Some of my most peaceful moments have been while walking through the forest, sitting on a beach, or boating (minus the loud engine). Accordingly I have a great respect for nature and enjoy learning about the plants and wildlife therein. My plan is to continue that learning process and hopefully enhance it by sharing what I learn. I intend for this blog to serve many purposes, but in the immediate future it will be a place for me, and hopefully others, to share ideas about reducing our individual impact on this planet, protecting wild spaces, and in general just to comment on the things we enjoy most in the great outdoors. I welcome all opinions as otherwise you cannot consider every aspect of a subject. However, I would ask that every opinion be expressed in a respectful way and considered with an open mind. Often there is no single right answer. Thanks.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Northwestern Alligator Lizard near Brandywine Falls

This past August my kids and I spent three nights camping at Alice Lake with my Uncle and cousin.  My Uncle is an enthusiastic hiker, and one of my favourite people to go hiking with, so it should not be a surprise that we took the kids out on hikes of varying length every day.  On our second day we headed to Brandywine Falls, which has several trail options.  The first, and easiest, option is the short trail to the falls.  As you can see they are beautiful, although much more impressive in person, and well worth the 10-20 minute, easy walk it takes to get there.

Brandywine Falls

Brandywine Falls

Friday, October 28, 2011

Pacific Tree Frog

In mid-September I put my rusty, frog catching abilities to the test when my brother-in-law spotted a frog near a pile of firewood we were moving.  Unfortunately my kids were not around and I really wanted to show it to them so I quickly scooped it up and started calling them.  The poor little fellow was not overly happy to be cocooned in my hands but held still long enough for the kids to have a look  I had to re-catch it a couple of times so the kids each had a chance to hold it and then, after a quick photo-op, we released it and watched it hop away.  At one point I caught it mid-jump and I can still feel the sticky pads of its feet on my hand as it muscled its way up over the edge of my palm. 

A slightly blurry picture of a Pacific Tree Frog (only had the phone camera handy - as usual)