Tuesday, October 28, 2008
This is not the biggest cedar I have seen, but it is the biggest I have come across since I started the Timmins Honour Roll of Trees.
This tree in in a clump of 3 very big trees. I think the tree are well over 400 years old.
Check out the Honour roll and find a tree that is bigger and better! let me know.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Hope you can participate.
Timmins Honour Roll of Trees is now online.
Monday, October 20, 2008
There are many different sites on the web that discuss the virtues of using wood for building. Cement and steel are much more damaging to the environment then wood. The cost (environmentally speaking) is much more when using steel and concrete.
Here in Timmins, where forestry is one of the main employment sectors, or use to be, college boreal is putting up a building of steel and concrete.
College Boreal - similar to Boreal Forest - is building within throwing distance of the Domtar mill.
Using wood locks up carbon and looks great. Production of steel and concrete produces a net loss of oxygen.
More info. to follow.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
The forest in the area along the highway is a mixture of black spruce and tamerack, with the occasional hump of poplar and birch. The sun made the tamerack look a nice bright yellow. The needles of the tamerack turn colour and drop off each fall.
After our meeting at the Tim Horton Center we went to the Polar Bear Exhibit.
Cochrane is in the north, but it is not that far north that polar bears would be wondering around the town. That is reserved for the black bears.
This was my first visit to the place, it looks like it is growing into a very interesting site. Old cars, snow machines and general store are all on site. Worth a visit I would say.
Monday, October 6, 2008
of the woods. I suspect it is a red squirrel that made this little cache of black spruce cones.
The squirrel will climb up a tree and bite off all the branches that have cones on them. It is a smart way of getting the maximum number of cones to the ground with the least amount of energy.
The clumps of cones are then removed one at a time and put into a neat little pile. Much like a beaver that will store food under water for winter a red squirrel will store cones that will be under the snow to be retrieved later.
Each cone can contain between 15 to 30 tiny seeds.
At the bottom of the trees in the area are many little chopped off branches with the cones removed.
While I was taking the picture of the cone cache another creature let me know they were getting ready for winter. I could hear a flock of Sandhill cranes overhead. They are starting to fly together as they prepare to fly south. Their chevron flight may look like Canada geese when they are far away, but the low croaking sounds give them away.A small creek I walked beside was frozen over with very thin ice.