Tuesday, July 17, 2007

The Beaver Engineer


This dam appeared fresh and well constructed, however the area behind the dam did not have many trees standing in the water, so even if this dam is new, I doubt it is the first time this area has been backed up behind one. We didn't see any beaver's but I saw a red fox on Saturday and we did meet the mom of a Lakehead Hockey player.
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Hilton Falls on Vacation in a Scenic Backwater Area


I did some hiking this weekend. I can say that it did me a good bit of good to get out and move. I enjoy the wildflowers at Kelso and hanging out with an old friend at Hilton. However, I was shocked when I saw the falls - I've never seen them to a point where they were reduced to such a bare trickle. The mystery was solved when we found a freshly and tidily built Beaver Dam creating this large meadow. Now I know that there are historically beavers in the area (owing to the existance of a beaver pond trail there, but apparently this entire pond did not exist earlier in the season. It made for a pretty scene though. Yesterday I had a great day in the field, sucessfully completing some tasks that I've been wanting to do for a while. It worked out well, and now I cross my fingers that now glitches pop up in the future.

Have a good day.. get outside.. its good for your mind.

Jennith
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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Bricknell's Cransbill



I've rediscovered the myriad of trails that wend through Kelso conservation area. While a lookout facing over the 401 isn't the most charming spot I've ever found, the trails themselves are nice. The woods are open and airy - although numerous cyclist abound - some in places where they shouldn't be. The tangle of interconnected trails is also a bit on the variably marked side, but I mostly stuck to the Bruce Trail which kept me out of trouble. This has been another week of much backroads driving. The most amusing little town I came across is Brucedale - which rhymes with Sprucedale - which is really all I can remember about it to tell it apart from the myriad others I've seen. Eden Mills has some lovely old buildings and there is something lovely about Kilbride. I finally managed to find the intersection of Britannia and Cedar Springs Rd. Its a funny intersection and poorly marked, so I can see how I ended up in Burlington the last time I tried to do it.

Anywho, no backroads for me today...I'm learning about datum's and coordinate systems and projections in ArcGIS and hopefully completely the non computer aspects of a groundwater modelling assignment. Later though, I might head out to find an external drive or a stack of CDRs so I can unclutter my poor harddrive- currently the victem of 35 gigs of pictures :S

Farewell,

Jennith

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Saturday, May 05, 2007

Twisted Bellflower



My life is odd. My room feels empty...so I went for a hike early this morning to cheer myself up and catch the spring wild flowers before they were gone. Maybe pictures of trilliams and large bell flowers later I headed home being glad that I don't live so far from the woods that I can't visit.

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