Monthly Archives: August 2010

The prettiest pink flowers in the Lower Don

A patch of Balfour’s touch-me-not (Impatiens balfourii) growing wild by the banks of the Don River last week. © BCP 2010 I found these lovely, delicate flowers growing in deep shade not far from the riverbank in the Lower Don Valley on my stroll there last week. There was a very small patch of them, […]

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Turkey vulture in the Lower Don River

A turkey vulture (Cathartes aura) pauses while eating a fish carcass in the Lower Don River this week. © BCP 2010 I scoped out a path this week that I’ve driven past countless times, but never stopped to explore — the paved recreational trail that begins under the Gardiner Expressway where the Lower Don River […]

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A nature lover’s brain cramp

The ripe berries of sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) at Ashbridge’s in August. © BCP 2010 I owe another debt of thanks to an eagle-eyed reader who pointed out — ever so gently — a rather conspicuous error in my post from two weeks ago (Tuesday, August 10). I have no idea where my brain was […]

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Amur maples lead the fall colour show at the Beach

Winged seeds glow pink at the bay last week. But what are they? © BCP 2010 Tuesday, August 24, 2010:  Update A big thank-you to the kind folks who wrote to tell me that my mystery tree with the pink samaras is an amur maple, Acer ginnala. This attractive, shrubby plant is not native to […]

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Looking west to the Leslie St. Spit from Ashbridge’s

The lush foliage of Tommy Thompson Park (the Leslie St. Spit) is seen from Ashbridge’s Bay this week. © BCP 2010 Hurray! With some of the oppressive heat and humidity now gone from our air, there seems to be less haze over our city. Better breathing — important for everyone; better pictures — a blessing […]

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