Sunday, November 8, 2009

Where to begin...

It has been 42 days since my last post and I feel a little hesitant about it. Not for any other reason than I have fallen out of the habit... well here goes. Since I last posted so much has happened!
I guess I will start with the awesome field trip I did with my students to Point Pleasant Park (seen above) in October. For those of you who are not familiar with the Point Pleasant, it is a large urban park on the tip of the Halifax peninsula. In 2003 it was hit hard by Hurricane Juan (see before and after pics below!), so we have a trip every year in October student visit the same 6 sites around the park and measure the regrowth of the trees and other vegetation.
Before and after Hurricane Juan photo of the same spot in Point Pleasant Park
Students estimating the percent cover of ground vegetation in a 1x1 m Wood Frame

Although, there is a lot of regrowth... will take a LONG time for the trees to come back! I discovered 2 things on this field trip. 1) The students LOVE field trips (even in the rain)!!! I am brainstorming all kinds of ideas to get them out even more, what a wonderful way to learn. 2) Terrestrial habitats fascinate me just as much as marine and I have opened a whole can of worms!!! ;)
Let's just say I am getting ready for the next field trip...or really that I am now obsessed with learning about the land around me now that I am comfortable with the ocean!
Thanksgiving was a blast!! It was The Mexicans's (Diego's sister Clau, her husband Rore and their son Santiago) first Thanksgiving so we had a party! We invited a few friend and as usual, I was the only Canadian...who would have thought sushi would go well with turkey! Diversity is wonderful! :)Add ImageDiego and I celebrated our 7th Anniversary in a cabin in the woods. This one room cabin has no electricity or running water...just a wood stove for heat and propane stove for cooking and candles to see by. What a wonderful place! It is located on the property of a place called Windhorse Farm they are an organic farm that also has a large property where they sustainably harvest wood using a team of horses. They also have a variety of cabins and retreats and tons of hiking!!! Guess who brought all her new plant books with her... We spent the weekend eating, hiking, identifying plants and mushrooms...making tea with sweet fern and playing checkers. Here are some pics I took of this wonderful place.
Can't you just see a smurf walking out of this mushroom?
Some fruiting lichens (a grey species with pink spots and a green species with orange spots!)
Other delicate lichens among the moss.
Last but not least, a rooster video! (I though of you Teresa!)

There...that wasn't so bad...actually I am really enjoying this...I think my break has been long enough!! I will post again soon! I just want to let you all know that although I am not commenting, I have been keeping up and am enjoying reading all your blogs!!
My best to you all!


  1. oh my- having never actually seen Point Pleasant pre-hurricane I had no idea that the creepy tree part used to be so beautiful. it looks like a completely different place than the before picture....

    the cabin looks beautiful!! :)

  2. Very happy to see you back here Alli. Thank you for the link to Windhorse Farm. I wasn't aware of this place but now I am and I WANT TO GO. Another peaceful place to visit next year.

    Turkey looks yummy by the way.

  3. I am stunned by the before and after photos. Dh, being a geographer, would like to see those. Ds#1 will love to see your lichen photos. We just borrowed a 10 pound book (no kidding!) out of the library on lichens.

    The rooster is quite a handsome fellow! I get really tired of our rooster crowing though...he does it all the freakin' time...LOL!

    Happy 7th anniversary to you and Diego! That was a beautiful place you spent it at.

  4. ein sehr interessanter Ort um die Natur zu erleben! Auch bei uns werden die Stürme immer heftiger!
    Der Hahn, lecker, so in der Pfanne hab ich sie am liebsten, lach.

    liebe Grüße Dörte