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Satellite of Love

Satellite of Love

2016/07/08

 

FERN

FERN

 

Sifton Bog Environmentally Significant Area (ESA) is located on the south side of Oxford Street, west of Hyde Park Road. The map on the reverse shows the access points and trails.

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Rendue Park

Rendue Park

Pinecroft

Pinecroft

Common Crackle

Common Crackle

Last weekend a dear friend, and all around good soul and I began a journey, starting at Pinecroft -The green Tea room and the Ponds surrounding.

Pinecroft-Erie-Drive

Pinecroft-Erie-Drive

Tiger Lilly

Tiger Lilly

Rose breasted-Grosbeak

Rose breasted-Grosbeak

Thank you Mother Nature

Drip-Drop

Drip-Drop

 

Photos and Imagery By Doug Worrall

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The Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing

A treat to find in your binocular viewfield, the Cedar Waxwing is a silky, shiny collection of brown, gray, and lemon-yellow, accented with a subdued crest, rakish black mask, and brilliant-red wax droplets on the wing feathers. In fall these birds gather by the hundreds to eat berries, filling the air with their high, thin, whistles. In summer you’re as likely to find them flitting about over rivers in pursuit of flying insects, where they show off dazzling aeronautics for a forest bird.

A treat to find in your binocular viewfield, the Cedar Waxwing is a silky, shiny collection of brown, gray, and lemon-yellow, accented with a subdued crest, rakish black mask, and brilliant-red wax droplets on the wing feathers. In fall these birds gather by the hundreds to eat berries, filling the air with their high, thin, whistles. In summer you’re as likely to find them flitting about over rivers in pursuit of flying insects, where they show off dazzling aeronautics for a forest bird.

  • The name “waxwing” comes from the waxy red secretions found on the tips of the secondaries of some birds. The exact function of these tips is not known, but they may help attract mates.
  • Cedar Waxwings with orange instead of yellow tail tips began appearing in the northeastern U.S. and southeastern Canada in the 1960s. The orange color is the result of a red pigment picked up from the berries of an introduced species of honeysuckle. If a waxwing eats enough of the berries while it is growing a tail feather, the tip of the feather will be orange.
  • The Cedar Waxwing is one of the few North American birds that specializes in eating fruit. It can survive on fruit alone for several months. Brown-headed Cowbirds that are raised in Cedar Waxwing nests typically don’t survive, in part because the cowbird chicks can’t develop on such a high-fruit diet.
  • Many birds that eat a lot of fruit separate out the seeds and regurgitate them, but the Cedar Waxwing lets them pass right through. Scientists have used this trait to estimate how fast waxwings can digest fruits.
  • Because they eat so much fruit, Cedar Waxwings occasionally become intoxicated or even die when they run across overripe berries that have started to ferment and produce alcohol.
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    Cedar waxwing

    Cedar waxwing

    Cedar waxwing

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    Cedar Waxwings feed mainly on fruits year-round. In summer, they feed on fruits such as serviceberry, strawberry, mulberry, dogwood, and raspberries. The birds’ name derives from their appetite for cedar berries in winter; they also eat mistletoe, madrone, juniper, mountain ash, honeysuckle, crabapple, hawthorn, and Russian olive fruits. In summer Cedar Waxwings supplement their fruit diet with protein-rich insects including mayflies, dragonflies, and stoneflies, often caught on the wing. They also pick items such as scale insects, spruce budworm, and leaf beetles directly from vegetation.

  • The cedar waxwing is a member of the family Bombycillidae or waxwing family of passerine birds. It is a medium-sized, mostly brown, gray, and yellow bird named for its wax-like wing tips. Wikipedia
    Scientific name: Bombycilla cedrorum
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Yanni Raises The Roof Hamilton

Yanni Has People Dancing Hamilton

Sunday June 24 2012

Yanni Plays Hamilton Place

Born: November 14, 1954 in Kalamata, Greece
Years Active: 80 ‘s, 90 ‘s, 00’s
Genre: NUAGE

Last night at Hamilton Place, many people,  a full house were dancing after four encores.Being a Musician myself I was shocked at the number of professional musicians backing-up Yanni. He played all is top hits and the show lasted over two hours non stop.

Yanni In Concert Hamilton Place

Between each song Yanni conversed with the Audience and had them dancing in there seats. It was a wonderful performance and would go see him and his Orchestra next time he is in Hamilton.

Yanni and Orchestra plays Hamilton Place

Audience dancing too four encores

Biography

Armen Anassian

Of the artists who rose to popularity as part of the new age music boom of the 1980s and ’90s, few (if any) enjoyed greater or more lasting success than Yanni. Composing and performing instrumental music with a pronounced sense of drama, dynamics, and romanticism, Yanni broke through to a significantly larger audience than his peers, thanks to adult alternative radio airplay and a commanding performance style that attracted fans through frequent appearances on public television as well as world-wide concert tours..

Yanni was born Yiannis Chryssomalis on November 14, 1954 on the Greek island of Kalamata.

Back-up musicians fill out the sound

He displayed a talent for a music at a young age, playing piano at the age of six, but rather than enroll him in music school, his parents encouraged their son to follow his own muse and learn the instrument at his own pace and in his own way. In 1972, Yanni traveled to Minnesota to attend college, and while he majored in psychology, he didn’t walk away from music, playing in a local rock band and continuing his personal study of piano and other keyboard instruments. In 1977, after receiving his degree, Yanni joined a Minneapolis-based rock group called Chameleon, who toured regionally and cut several self-released albums, but in 1980, he began striking out on his own, recording and releasing an album of his own material, Optimystique. In 1984, Yanni signed a deal with Atlantic Records, who re-released the privately issued Optimystique; his deal with Atlantic proved short-lived, but the album attracted the attention of the noted independent label Private Music, who released Yanni’s second album, Keys to Imagination, in 1986. (They would also reissue Optimystique a few years later.) Yanni relocated to Los Angeles, where he began composing film scores as well as recording as a solo artist, and in 1987, after releasing his third album, Out of Silence, he set out on his first major concert tour; the band included John Tesh on keyboards and former Chameleon drummer Charlie Adams. In 1990, after the release of Reflections of Passion, Yanni performed a special concert with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, a preview of the large-scale events he would stage in the future.

Charlie Adams

Charlie Adams on Drums

In 1992, the album Dare to Dream earned Yanni his first Grammy nomination, and his music began popping up in television commercials and during coverage of sporting events, bringing his compositions to a new audience. His concert tours became larger and more spectacular as his fan base grew, and in the fall of 1993, in support of the album In My Time, he performed a special show at the Herod Atticus Theater in Athens, Greece, a venue that was over 2,000 years old.

Daniel Reyes- Percussion

The concert was recorded and videotaped, and the subsequent Yanni Live at the Acropolis album and home video became major successes, selling over seven million copies worldwide and becoming a fixture on public television broadcasts in the United States.

Karen Briggs

The success of Live at the Acropolis led to Yanni staging prestigious events at London’s Royal Albert Hall and major venues around the globe, as well as special concerts at the Taj Mahal in India and the Forbidden City in China, both in 1997 (material from the two shows appeared on the album Tribute).

 In both cases, Yanni was the first Western artist permitted to perform at these historic landmarks.

Ric Fierabracci

After concluding a world tour in 1998, Yanni took a well-deserved vacation for two years and relocated to the East Coast; his 2000 studio album If I Could Tell You offered a more personal and intimate sound from the composer (it was also his first album for Virgin Records), and he explored world music sounds on 2003’s Ethnicity.

Russian Cellist

In 2009, he launched his own label, Yanni-Wake Entertainment, in association with Disney, and released Yanni Voices, in which he collaborated with vocalists for the first time in his solo career, teaming with a handful of gifted newcomers. Yanni took his vocalists on the road for a Yanni Voices concert tour, and in 2010, he explored his interest in Latin music on the album Mexicanisimo. A new studio effort, Truth of Touch, followed in 2011.
Photographer Doug Worrall

Family Day National Flag of Canada

Family Day 2011

Monday 21 February 2011

Watch a sunset together

We all know how family means to us. It is the most important part of our life. Thus, in various countries, in honor to the family day is celebrated.

My Family and best friend

Countries Celebrate Family Day

Few countries celebrate Family Day as an official holiday. Those countries are:

Australian Capital Territory with the name of “Family & Community Day”
South Africa
Different provinces of Canada:
Alberta
Ontario
Manitoba
Saskatchewan
Family Day Celebration in Australia

When is Family Day celebrated?

With the name of “Family & Community Day”, it is celebrated in Australia on the first Tuesday of November. This celebration also collides with Melbourne Cup.

When was Family Day established?

This public holiday took birth in the year 2007 under section 3(1)(b) of the Holidays Act 1953 (ACT). Again, it is expected to get the declaration in the year 2008.

Purpose of Family Day celebration

According to Mr. Andrew Barr who is the ACT Minister for Industrial Relations narrated in his speech during Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly that : “…to enable workers to take a break from their hectic working lives and to spend some quality time with their family and friends. … Australians do work the longest hours of any country in the western world. We do deserve a break.”

Family day Celebration in South Africa

In South Africa, Family day took its shape from the Easter Monday from the year 1995. It particularly came to the picture on 9th April in the year 2007.

Family day Celebration in Canada

In Canada, there is merely any existence of federally-established and officially declared Family Day. But some provinces have declared Third Monday of February as the statutory holiday for celebrating family day. This day also collides with US holiday for “Presidents Day”.

Canadian flag

History of Family day Celebration in Alberta

Family Day was firstly celebrated in the year 1990. Alberta was the first province in Canada where the declaration of statutory holiday in the month of February took place. This statutory holiday was the resultant effort of Lieutenant Governor Helen Hunley with the fair advice of his premier, Mr. Don Getty. The fact behind Don Getty’s advice was that his son, Dale Getty caught red-handed as the victim of drug addiction and cocaine consumption. With the sheer embarrassment, Don Getty confessed that he neglected his family and this is the ugly return of it. He personally felt the importance of family in his life and thus advised the Governor to declare this Family Day. But due to personal reason, the step of Mr. Getty was not taken with good eyes. He was criticized and declaring the family day as a statutory holiday was felt as fiscal burden to the society. Along with that, the heritage day was degraded as the civic day on which employers are not required to heed attention to it under Alberta Law.

History of Family Day in Manitoba

In the month of February of the year 2007, it was said that the government of Manitoba had also proclaimed it as a February holiday. 3rd Monday during the month of February was declared as a statutory holiday which was passed by Legislative Assembly of Manitoba on 17th April in the year 2007. This day was declared as Louis Riel Day. It was after the name of a Métis leader who is also known as the Father of Manitoba and this name was suggested by Manitoba school students. Louis Riel Day was firstly celebrated on 18th February, 2008.

History of Family Day in Ontario

Family Day celebration at Ontario takes place during 3rd Monday of February. It was built as a statutory holiday on 11th October, 2007. Then in the year 2007 fall during Ontario election campaign, re-election of Premier Dalton McGuinty took place. This was firstly taken birth on 18th February, 2008. Establishment of it increased the number of public holidays to nine per year in Ontario. But as it is not declared at the Federal level, thus, all Federal employees like public servants and postal workers will have to work on this day.

My Father Ron

Family time

History of Family Day in Saskatchewan

During the month of October in the year 2006, Premier of Saskatchewan advised for the holiday for the province. The bill for the Labor Standards Amendment Act, 2006, was initiated in the legislature on 1st November in the year, 2006, and then it acquired its Royal Assent on 6th December. This act officially proclaims that the 3rd Monday of each February as the Family Day. Fortunately, it came into force almost immediately. Family Day was firstly celebrated in Saskatchewan on 19th February, 2007.

Fifa Football and Community

Be together to party

Before Family day holiday was the
National Flag of Canada Day February 15.

Visions of summer

At the stroke of noon on February 15, 1965, Canada’s red and white maple leaf flag was raised for the very first time.

The flag belongs to all Canadians; it is an emblem we all share.

Although simple in design, Canada’s flag well reflects the common values we hold so dear: freedom, peace, respect, justice and tolerance. Canada’s flag is a symbol that unites Canadians and expresses throughout the world and always our pride in being Canadian.

The maple leaf flag pays homage to our geography, reflects the grandeur of our history and represents our national identity.

Our flag thus honours Canadians of all origins who through their courage and determination, have helped to build and are continuing to build our great country: a dynamic country that is open to the future.

Therefore, I, Jean Chrétien, Prime Minister of Canada, declare that February 15 will be celebrated henceforth as National Flag of Canada Day.

Let us be proud of our flag! Let us recognize how privileged we are to live in Canada, this magnificent country that encompasses our history, our hopes, our future.

Happy Family Day to Those celebrating

Doug Worrall Photographer

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Orchids: Nature’s True Gem

Orchids: Nature’s True Gem

Sunday February 21 2011

natural lighting

What is most interesting about orchids is the number of orchid species outnumber birds by two twice the bird species, and, it outnumbers the mammal species by four times ! More astounding is the orchid plant encompasses 6 – 11% of all seed plants. Orchidaceae (the orchid family) is a morphologically diverse widespread family of monocots in the order Asparagales. It is believed to be the second largest family in flowering plants (only the Asteracae is larger) with up to 26,049 currently accepted species found in 880 gerera. Stunning and long-blooming houseplants that help to bring your home to life in any season, includes Orchids. Bringing the enchanting bright colours of delicate flowers, like the Orchid, into your indoor space during the cold and snowy blah days of January accomplishes two things ; (1) it is a great way to lift your spirits by enjoying the variety of colours and smell of fresh flowers, and, (2) these flowers make your home a cheerier place to be whether on a table beside you while you work on your laptop or reading a book, while sipping a hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate. These colourful and exotic orchids are a welcome addition to any room and the various combinations of colours can match unlimited interior design decors.

Easy to grow

Low maintenance

It is the moderate indirect light that make the orchids “smile”. In fact, one lady received an orchid houseplant as a gift, and she put it in a bay window that faced east with indirect light and this orchid bloomed again with twelve orchids on the long branch. Typical house temperatures are fine for orchids, and cooler night temperatures will help aid flower formation, especially during the fall and winter months. Boosting the humidity level in your home does make the orchids grow better. One way to accomplish this is to mist the plant with a spray mist bottle occasionally. Another method is to place the orchid on a tray of water with pebbles to elevate the pot above the water level. In taking care of the orchid houseplant, proper watering and fertilizing are essential for healthy growth. In the houseplant orchid roots sometimes grow vertical, over the pot, and that is normal. Leave them alone as they are adapting to obtain moisture and nutrients, from the air through these epiphtic roots. Orchids should be re-potted after blooming if thepotting mix decomposes. To ensure they grow vigorously , use coarse orchid potting mixes. With proper care, orchids can enhance your living space year-round.

The flower is sexy

If you travel to Hawaii, orchids are in abundance. The most popular one there is a small orchid which is strung for Lays around people’s necks , as a greeting to Hawaii, and they greet you with “Aloha.” The ambiance of these flowers lift your spirits and combined with the sunshine, the beautiful Pacific Ocean around Diamondhead, and Maui’s beaches, and scenes of Dolphins , you forget all your concerns of the mainland. Orchids, the most beautiful ones are the gorgeous South American catteyas, with their often huge, sparkling, rosy-purple and mauve blooms; these are the aristocrats of the orchid family. Other orchid species include: Bulbophyllum (2,000 species); Epidendrum (1,500 species); Dendrobium (1,400 Sepcies),; Pleurothallis (1,000 species) ; the Vanilla (the genus of the orchid plant); and, Orchis (type genus),such as, Phalaenopsis. In 550 B.C. the Chinese emperors coveted the Indigenous Orchid species, of Cymbidium Orchids, for their sweet perfume. The Man Orchid (aceras anthropophorum) was once considered to be an aphrodisiac because the shape of the lip of the orchid flower resembled the figure of a man. In Europe the history and interest in orchids can be traced to Greek and Roman times. In that time period, people knew only of the Temperate Orchids, which were vastly different to the Tropical Orchids. At the end of the 18th Century, merchant ships from the New World (colonies of British, French, Dutch and Portuguese) came back laden with Tropical Orchid flowers and orchid plants. In fact, there is a campfire song – My ship came from China, all laden with tropical Orchid Plants , and imagine my bliss as I fanned myself daily , like this, like this. . Since Tropical Species of the Orchid in the 19th Century, horticulturalists have produced more than 100,000 hybrids and cultivars.

Source: Sat. January 22, 2,011 The Hamilton Spectator, and, web

While visiting a friend this evening was lucky to find a Blooming Orchid. Even better the shots are natural light from a sunset.  This flower took my eye all night

All shots are Camera Raw and cs5 was  not used.

Enjoy the pictures.

Inexpensive

Easy to grow

Orchids are beautiful and fascinating plants. But the thought of growing orchids, especially indoors, is intimidating for lots of gardeners. It conjures up pictures of giant greenhouses, complicated humidity, light and heat controls, and horticulturalists in white lab coats. Despite their reputation for being finicky flower divas, orchids aren’t difficult to grow.
Like any plant, they’ll thrive in the right conditions. The trick is sizing up your indoor environment and choosing the orchids that will be happy there. Three of the best orchids for windowsill gardening are: Paphiopedilum, also called paphs; Cattleyas, catts for short; and Phalaenopsis or phals. Among them, you’ll find colors, fragrances and sizes to fit any space.

orchids all year

Light

Orchids aren’t picky about light once they’ve flowered, but light is critical before they bloom. Give them at least six hours a day. Phals and paphs are low-light orchids that prefer an east, west or shaded south window. Catts do best in brighter, south-facing spots. Use sheer curtains to filter harsh sunlight, it can burn the leaves, turning them pale green. If you don’t have any suitable windows, try a 40-watt fluorescent light. Hang it about a foot over the orchids 12 to 14 hours a day.

Temperature

These plants like it 70 to 80 degrees in the daytime, 10 degrees cooler at night. If you have a winter-blooming phal, put it in the basement or outside in 55 to 60 degree fall air for a few nights to encourage budding. Give them all 40 percent to 80 percent humidity by setting pots in a tray filled with water and gravel. To prevent the risk of wicking excess moisture into the potting medium, be sure the pot is on the gravel, not in the water.

Watering

Overwatering is the quickest way to kill an orchid. Wait until the medium is completely dry before watering. I use 20-10-10 liquid fertilizer diluted 4-to-1 once a week to feed catts and phals, every other week with paphs. I flood clear, room-temperature water over the medium until the water runs out the bottom, and then pour the fertilizer solution. Don’t wet the foliage or crown of the plant.

Pests and fungi

A light mist of rubbing alcohol once a week will take care of any scale insects. Ordinary cinnamon will stop fungi. Just sprinkle a bit on the wet infected spots and the crown.

Orchids can be a little tricky, but giving them the ideal environment — along with a bit of time and attention — will reward you with a great show through winter.

Information

Home and garden

DOUG WORRALL PHOTOGRAPHER

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Beaver In Hamilton Canada

Sunrise Hamilton Harbour

 

 

Today, you can see the Canadian beaver on the back of Canadian nickels and on coats of arms representing several of Canada’s provinces. On provincial coats of arms, the beaver generally represents Canada, or national unity, just as a bald eagle graces some state seals as a symbol of unity. Some provincial coats of arms also depict a lion as a symbol of Great Britain.
One group of Canadians have celebrated National Beaver Day on the last Friday in February since 1974. They are the Nova Scotia Association of Architects, a club of builders any beaver could appreciate.

Canadian Beaver

 

 

 

One of the animals which most people think of when they think of Canada, is the Canadian Beaver.

When the first European explorers and settlers came to this country, they found Beavers in abundance – up to 200 million of them across the continent!

Over the years of being hunted for their fur, their numbers dwindled, but are now back up to a healthy 10 – 15 million across North America, including Canada.

Its hard to believe today, but the Beaver was hunted so enthusiastically to satisfy the European fashion for Beaver Top Hats! Yes, the pelts were used for fashionable gentlemen to wear on their heads.

Thank goodness we no longer trap and kill these little animals for their fur.

Doug Worrall Photographer

Great Blue Heron Populations Hamilton

Great Blue Heron Populations Hamilton

Saturday October 16 2010

Great Blue Heron populations appear to be stable across the United States and Canada. The bird’s primary needs are wetland habitat for hunting and rookery space for breeding, and as a result their populations are susceptible to loss of these habitats. If you are fortunate enough to discover a colony of Great Blue Herons, it is best to observe the birds from a distance. They are sensitive to any kind of rookery disturbance, including noise and nearby human activity, and may abandon nest sites if disturbed.

Summer Range: Great Blue Herons breed across most of North America south of southern Canada to the Gulf states, Central America and the Caribbean.

Winter Range: Great Blue Herons migrate singly or in small flocks, mainly in daytime. They spend winters from southern Canada southward to northern South America, and along the continental ocean coasts as far north as temperate areas of Alaska and Nova Scotia. It is rare, though not unheard of, for an occasional Great Blue Heron to successfully survive a winter in the north if it can find open water.

Great Blue Heron

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