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Acer rubrum (Red Maple)

Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower.


—Albert Camus (French novelist, essayist & playwright, 1913-1960)

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Beach Asters

These bright little yellow blooms surprised me one day at the beach. I don’t know how they managed to settle in beside a log, in the sandy soil, far from any garden. Perhaps the wind or a bird carried a seed head to this unlikely spot. I wish I knew the name of this delightful plant! For now, I call them “Beach Asters”. They’re most likely a plant native to our area.

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As seen from the beach, the ever-growing Vancouver city skyline. The shift in seasons could be felt in the air on this September day.

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Ceratostigma plumbaginoides (Chinese Plumbago or Leadwort)

An all-time favourite of mine. Who could ask for more? Green leaves change to burgundy, and blue flowers appear in September.

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Violas…I love them, and plant them every fall. They bloom all through winter, and well into spring, which is a treat! Cheerful little flowers!

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This year’s leaf colours were magnificent! Here are some from Acer rubrum (Red Maple), Acer palmatum (Japanese Maple), and Acer macrophyllum (Broad Leaf Maple). So Canadian!

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Hallowe’en 2018 was a quiet one in our neighbourhood, but it’s always fun!

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Woven twig star in a neighbour’s garden. Can Christmas be far off?

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Acer macrophyllum (Broadleaf Maple, Broad Leaf Maple, Bigleaf Maple, Big-Leaf Maple)

This is a venerable old tree, managing to survive so far on a boulevard. It’s a tree which is native to this part of the world, which makes it an especially important one to protect as part of the inter-connected biosphere (what’s left of it!) Licorice ferns grow from the mossy crevices of its branches, and mosses cling to its trunk.

https://www.for.gov.bc.ca/hfd/library/documents/treebook/bigleafmaple.htm

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Betula (Birch)

A Birch tree at dusk, already ‘bereft’ of all its leaves. This is looking west, towards Pacific Spirit Park and the UBC golf course, where the Pacific Tree Frogs will be chorusing, come April. If you’d like to, you can see my previous post on Pacific Tree Frogs, also known as Pacific Chorus Frogs: https://joiedusoleil.wordpress.com/2015/06/02/urban-trekking-2-frog-songs/

A snippet of the frogs’ chorusing is included in the above link. It’s rare, these days, to hear frog songs in the city!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We are fortunate to be able to hear the Spring-time chorus of frogs from our home every April and May. It’s magical! And it is becoming more rare, as many species of amphibians world-wide are now endangered. Due to habitat loss, covering over of wetlands, possibly also to climate change, and for other, unknown reasons, frogs are vanishing.

On May 2nd of this year, with an almost full moon shining above us, we followed the lovely sound of the frog songs to their source, near Pacific Spirit Park. These are PACIFIC CHORUS FROGS, Pseudacris regilla, also known as PACIFIC TREE FROGS. Apparently they are not considered at risk or threatened here in B.C. But with the rapid “development” going on in our area, many of the choruses have gone quiet.

Last year, I watched as a back-hoe destroyed a boggy, treed piece of land at UBC, readying it for a condo development. I had heard frogs there in the past.

What can we do to help them? Here are a few suggestions I received from Monica M. Pearson, R.P. Bio, of Balance Ecological:

1.  Documentation: In B.C., the Frog Watch program gives B.C. residents an opportunity to get their sightings into the Provincial databases. Let them know when and where you hear frogs.

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/wld/frogwatch/frogwatching

2.  Retain or restore frog habitat: frogs need ponds to breed in and plants to hide in.

3.  Our own yards can be maintained as habitat: maintain a diversity of plants at a diversity of scale. Fishless water features and ponds will help.

4.  Encourage politicians to support the creation of frog habitats in new developments.

5.  “Amphibian Crossings” can be built on roads known to be frog migration routes when new roads go in.

Other websites to check out:

http://www.urbantreefrog.com

http://www.amphibianark.org

http://www.protectbiodiversity.ca

I hope you will enjoy listening to the following songs of the Pacific Chorus Frogs (Pseudacris regilla), also known as Pacific Tree Frogs, which we recorded on the 2nd of May, 2015, here in Vancouver.

https://vimeo.com/129696871

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