Monday, February 22, 2010

Hm, interesting. I ran this blog through GenderAnalyzer and it guessed that I'm a woman, but it was only 54% sure, declaring my writing "quite gender neutral." I wonder which words tipped the balance in my womanly favour?

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Year of the Tiger!

(Rare guest appearance by Jaffa.)

Happy Valentine's Day as well. In honour of the holidays I thought I'd do a photography challenge. I was afraid hearts and cupids would be a bit thin on the ground around Beechwood so I decided to search for evidence of tigers.

Not many people have seen the elusive Don Valley tigers, but it's simply a matter of recognizing the subtle signs they leave behind. You may find a bit of tiger fur caught in a tree:

Sometimes you'll see the markings tigers leave around their territory:

I wonder what mysterious messages they're sending to other tigers?

Giant tiger paw-prints are a good indication you're looking in the right place:

A good tracker would immediately spot these tiger droppings on the ground:

Here we see the remains of the fierce predator's meal:

Finally, we are rewarded with a glimpse of those striking orange stripes!

Inching ever closer, we find the tiger cleverly concealed in the undergrowth, barely visible to the human eye:

Don't get too close! Danger!

Tigers. They're everywhere.

Monday, February 08, 2010

This morning I was all psyched to have a nice walk to Beechwood and take pictures in the winter sunlight. I took a few shots of the ice-fringed rocks in the river, and spotted this male bufflehead all by himself below the weir:

Just as a pair of downy woodpeckers started tapping away at a nearby tree, I discovered my camera batteries had died. Unhappy blogger! I carried on to Beechwood, afraid that deer and foxes would appear around every corner to mock me, but my only company was one of the woodpeckers who came along to see what I was up to. Better luck next time.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Happy World Wetlands Day! I was planning a trip to Beechwood to mark the occasion, but since I've been laid low by a nasty cold I'll just stay home and show you some pictures I took last year. Enjoy!

P.S. Happy Groundhog Day too!