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  • Identifying Wildflowers: Common St. John’s Wort (non-native)

    Common Name: St. John’s Wort Scientific Name: Hypericum perforatum Family: Hypericaceae Origins: Europe (non-native) Flowering Time: June – September Habitat: Fields, roadsides, and waste places. Range: Found throughout most of North Amercia, except the far north, southern US and praires. Use: Herbal remedies for depression, topical treatment for wounds, abrasions,

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  • Winter Shapes and Shadows at Petrolia’s Bridgeview Conservation Area

    Winter is no time to stay indoors. There are lots of great things you can do, even in a small town like Petrolia, Ontario. Snow had fallen, the sun was bright and clouds were smeared across the sky. We zipped up a sweater on Maya and bundled ourselves up and

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  • Let The Rain Kiss You

    Whether it’s rain or snow, get outside and enjoy it!  

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  • Hiking Sweden’s Sandsjöbacka Nature Reserve

    In October of 2009 I had the opportunity to spend a week in Sweden exploring and photographing their beautiful landscapes. Below are some of the pictures taken during two hikes through the Sandsjöbacka Naturreservat, which is located south of Gothenburg. The nature reserve consisted of mixed forests, valleys, nutrient-poor lakes

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  • Identifying Wildflowers: Sticky False Asphodel (native)

    Common Name: Tofieldia glutinosa, STicky Tofieldia Scientific Name: Tofieldia glutinosa, Narthecium glutinosum Family: Lilliaceae (Lily) Origins: North America (native) Flowering Time: June to July Habitat: Wet areas, bogs, fens and moist meadows Use: Unknown Sources:   Niering, William A., Nancy C. Olmstead, and John W. Thieret. National Audubon Society Field Guide

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  • Life In An Algonquin Logging Camp

      Situated near the east gates of Algonquin Park is an outdoor logging museum. Along a 1.3 kilometre trail visitors wwill see equipment, housing, barns and vehicles used during the early logging days in Algonquin Park. We like to take the trail on rainy days, or after heavy rain because

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