Saturday, September 30, 2006

Highway 9

Highway 9

Between Mildmay and Walkerton, Ontario

Friday, September 29, 2006

Thursday, September 28, 2006

From Dundas Peak

Looking off Dundas Peak into the valley I think of how this rock I'm standing on was the bottom of a tropical sea, south of the equator, filling with coral 450 million years ago. You can see fossils of sea life and then wonder at how the matter which existed on the earth 6 or so billion years ago had evolved into this. Sometimes it's amazing how long the earth was so similar, sometimes amazing how quickly some things evolve and change. If we want to be sure that in 450 million years from now that we'll be more than bone fossils in rock we'll have to smarten up and not kill ourselves.

Dundas, Ontario

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Summerville Beach

Sunset, the red shore deepens.

Nova Scotia

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

black shore rock

near Pembroke, Nova Scotia

Monday, September 25, 2006

300 million year old sandstone

"Numerous areas in Nova Scotia are underlain by Carboniferous strata. These strata are the province's source of coal, oil shale, salt, limestone, dolomite, celestite, barite, gypsum and anhydrite.

The Windsor Group consists of marine sediments. These include sandstone, shale, conglomerate, limestone, dolomite, gypsum, anhydrite and salt. Above the basal limestone, most of the limestones are very fossiliferous. It is within the Windsor Group that the majority of industrial minerals are mined. Total thickness of the Windsor Group varies from 1,000 feet to 10,000 feet."

- Geology Minerals and Mining in Nova Scotia

August 2006, near Walton, Nova Scotia

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Alec and Magali

Etobicoke, Ontario

Saturday, September 23, 2006


After carrying an armload of branches a hundred steps or so it's good to take a rest on a convenient stump before completing the journey.

Headquarters Conservsation Area, Hanover

Friday, September 22, 2006


Sharing a laugh with great grandmother.

Walkerton, Ontario

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Mad River Valley

View of the Mad River Valley with the Niagara Escarpment near Collingwood in the distance. Taken from the Bruce Trail along the crest of the escarpment above the Devil's Glen ski club.
Devil's Glen

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

new cash crop

A 45 turbine wind farm just north of Shelburne on the Dundalk Plateau is a wonderful site to see - but some people are still blowing against the wind.

near Shelburne, Ontario

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Atlantic Ocean

August 2006

Off St Catherine's Beach, Nova Scotia

Monday, September 18, 2006


The Ferguson Side Trail off the Bruce Trail at Dundas Peak offers up some beautiful sumac thickets and these purple asters.

Dundas Peak, Ontario

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Tew's Falls

On our way out to catch the impressive view of the Hamilton/Dundas valley from Dundas Peak we stopped to watch the flow over Tew's Falls - over 400 meters down - almost as tall as Niagara. But without the crowds and casinos. It's perfect hiking weather now - not too hot and no bugs.

Tew's Falls, Dundas, Ontario

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Mad River

The Mad River is peaceful right now - the slow flow in the mill pond above Glen Huron reflects the turning of the season. Nice hike along the escarpment where the Ganaraska Trail meets up with the Bruce Trail.

Mad River, Glen Huron, Ontario

Friday, September 15, 2006

Centre Road

Centre Road becomes Lavender Hill Road on its rustic journey up the backbone of the escarpment over the Noisy River through Dunedin on to Glen Huron. The colours are starting to change now - the hills are becoming majestic.

Near Dunedin, Ontario

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Kejimkujik Seaside Adjunct

Rocks and pristine white sand line the shore at St Catherine's Beach. Seals sun on the rocks.

August 2006, Nova Scotia

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Gorgeous Elora

Grand River, Elora

Monday, September 11, 2006

eroded river bed

Grand River, Elora Gorge

Sunday, September 10, 2006

wood and stone

These trees are growing on a huge stone just past the "hole in the rock" at the Elora Gorge Conservation Area.

Elora, Ontario

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Grand River Bed

The Grand River still flows through a preglacial spillway over limestone formed 400 million years ago from coral reefs when this area was just below the equator in the southern hemisphere. Now when the river flow is low you can see how the bed has been smoothed by years of water passing over.

Elora Gorge

Friday, September 08, 2006

tilted landscape

These layers of sedimentary rock used to be horizontal but have been twisted into many interesting angles. Very interesting geology in Nova Scotia.

Rainy Cove, Nova Scotia

Wednesday, September 06, 2006


Sunset Beach, Goderich, Ontario

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

orange rock

Sunset Beach, Goderich, Ontario

Monday, September 04, 2006

Green Backed Heron

Today we went to check out the world's largest pothole in the Rockwood Conservation Area and while there noticed this juvenile green backed heron - at least that's what I think it is - I've never seen one before.

Rockwood, Ontario

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach, Goderich, Ontario

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Heart of Stone

Sunset Beach is a quiet beautiful spot for a bit of end of summer swimming or walking just on the outskirts of Goderich. Miles of sand, occasional pebbles, rarely people.

Sunset Beach, Goderich, Ontario

Friday, September 01, 2006