Skunk Cabbage Blooming in Cootes Paradise



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Skunk Cabbage Blooming in Cootes Paradise

Skunk Cabbage plant - spathe pod

I have lived in Ontario my whole life, and despite trekking through the bush as a child, and doing endless hikes as an adult, this past spring was  the first time that I have ever come across a Skunk Cabbage plant at Cootes Paradise, in Hamilton, Ontario…lots of them, in fact. Read more

Our Tour of Chateau de la Bourdaisiere’s Award-winning Gardens



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Our Tour of Chateau de la Bourdaisiere’s Award-winning Gardens

An image of the main entrance gate to Chateau de la Bourdaisiere in the Loire Valley, France.

Chateau de la Bourdaisiere in the Commune of Montlouis-sur-Loire, in France, is elegantly situated on a 54-hectare estate of combined gardens and mixed woodlots in the famed Loire Valley.  Having changed hands many, many times over the centuries, it was lastly bought, in 1991, by the brothers Prince Philippe Maurice and Prince Louis Albert de  Broglie. Read more

Fall Colors at Algonquin Park and Oxtongue Lake



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Fall Colors at Algonquin Park and Oxtongue Lake

fall colors, dorset tower view, ontario, pic 1

We took a drive up from Toronto, Ontario on October 1, 2012, to checkout the fall colors in the Algonquin Park and Oxtongue Lake areas.  From atop the Dorset tower, the view of the color sure proved the drive worthwhile.  According to the local people with whom we spoke,  this was the best fall color seen in this area in 10 years. Read more

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