Saturday, April 26, 2008

Spring plants to share...

Thought I'd catch you up on some of the plant pictures I've been taking lately. Stuff is coming up SO fast now, that it's getting hard to stay on top of it. I'll keep shooting and posting plant pics until fishing season gets started. Then it'll be time to Pentax a few finned critters, for you to check out.

O.K. here we go, the first plant, of course, is a Wild Violet and it seems to grow in many places. I toss the fresh picked blossoms right into my homemade salads where they add a lovely visual peak to my meal. They also make a fine tea if dried for a few days first and kept in a glass jar. The leaves are also nice in a salad and can also be nibbled on, fresh as a trail snack where ever they are found.

Wild Violets

This little patch of Day Lilies is just starting to pop and I've harvested a handful for a salad addition along with the violets. :-)

Day Lilies

These young Dogs Tooth Violets will bloom in about another three or four days. I'll get a picture of their yellow blossoms in here for you as soon as I score a few. The little tubers of this plant are about 2 or 3 inches deep and are quite tasty if you take the time to harvest a few.

Dogs Tooth Violet

Here is one of my very favorite wild foods. This cool plant hides in the hard-wood areas and can form pretty big colonies if given half a chance. Yup, that's right, these are Wild Leeks, or Ramps as some folks call them.

Wild Leeks

Here's a view of a Daffodil I got to-day that few people practice taking. How did these gets so mature already?


Alrighty then, one last little beauty for y'all to savor. :-)

Blood Root

So that's a start on the plant shoot anyway...

See ya soon,


Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Spring has spRRUng...

The Rideau River, up Manotick way, looked ice-free everywhere below the highway bridge, today. This shot overlooks a little bay just upstream of the fine main drag of Manotick.

It felt SO GOOD on my ol' eyes to see actual liquid water flowing in the river again, instead of that solid water, 3 feet thick and covered in white. White, be gone...

I saw many little flowers again today and yards are starting to look nice again too. Man I just LOVE Spring. How it seems to get people out of the house and out in the yard at least, for starters...

Spring Rocks! Amen!


Tuesday, April 08, 2008

What's in your pockets?

Some Pocket Insurance...

Very few people these days carry outdoorsy gear with them on a daily basis. Granted, not much can happen on the way to or from work or the shopping malls, I suppose. A cell phone can usually handle any or all emergencies that might come up these days. I don't have a cell phone so here's a little gear that usually ends up in my pockets and is there ready for me, if and when I ever need it. Of course, I'm out in the bush way more often than your average person, so it only makes sense that I think highly of all this type of stuff.
It also gives me a good feeling, knowing that I can get myself out of most regular jams that would stick way too many folks these days. To me, it's kind of like having a spare tire and a little can of gas for your car. If you ever need either, you'll see what I mean by this. When you prepare for the unexpected, there is very little chance of negative and unexpected stuff happening.

None of this stuff costs very much but can be worth it's weight in gold, when needed.


Sunday, April 06, 2008

Waterfalls tour...

Well I toured up to Orleans Ontario to-day to see if I could score a couple of pictures of the cool waterfalls there. The sun was out in full force and the temps were mild with a slight breeze. There was still lots of snow in the bush but I managed to walk in quite a ways and took a few pics of this beautiful little spot. Here's a couple to check out...

Hope YOU spent part of your day outdoors to-day too...

Oh ya, my sprained foot is about 95% up to snuff again and I'm back out there earning my living at my day job... :-) I walked at least five miles to-day while on the Waterfalls mission. I suppose or I believe even, that between all the icing and all the praying and really staying off the hurtin' ol' foot for three days, was enough to get me fixed again, faster. Praise God! Oh ya, the 400 power ibo's sorta helped a bit I think too. :-)