Archive for ‘urban forests’


new camera – new post

i picked up a new camera this week. save for travel photos, i have neglected my photography in recent years. in large part this is because i have grown sick of lugging around a big DLSR. i  figured i would try out a compact systems camera for a change of pace and picked up the fuji x-m1. so far i’m rather happy with the results. i think i’ll try to take photos daily again. another camera, another 365 project.

trees will likely feature heavily as i’m attempting to expand my tree identification skills and because trees are awesome. bella will also feature heavily, because she’s bella (see below for evidence)

here is 05-27-14-05 to 05-29-14


in the land of beauty

another week has gone by with no photos posted… or is it two weeks? my ability to keep track of the progression of time has declined this month – which is going to be over in a couple of days. what? how is it that the days can feel so long, yet the months fly by? i know what the Doctor would say…

people assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but *actually* from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint – it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly… time-y wimey… stuff.

for the non-whovians out there, that is from the episode titled Blink in season three. a completely fantastic episode. seriously if you like things that are good you should watch Doctor Who.

on to the photos. allow me to step up on a mini sized soap box for a sentence or two… areas like the cathedral grove on vancouver island, as pictured below, give the impression of intact forest stands and ecosystems. the reality is that very often there is extensive logging going on just out of view from the roads and easily accessible sights. for my thesis I will be learning what I can about sustainable forest management, and I hope develop some more informed opinions on this type of activity and superior alternatives to old growth logging…

now on to the pretty

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on green thumbs and furniture i can’t afford

I got in to UofT’s geography masters program. Yay me. Now I have to figure out what I am going to be studying. Sure I wrote a “research statement” for my application, but I wrote that in less than a week and had no idea what I wanted to do, I just wanted in. Now I am in and can figure out what I really want to study over the next year. It will have to do with urban ecosystems and urban forests and so on, but I have no details or specifics. I may try to regularly post about my progress as way of encouraging me to write about what I am learning. I am sure someone out there will find it mildly interesting.

Speaking of Urban Ecosystems, I have put some work in on my personal urban forest – the kind that grows in pots

Our mantle needed a little sprucing up so I separated my philodendron into four colourful pots (i think they are made out of bamboo – but they are from the dollar store, so who really knows). I am hoping they all explode – photosynthetically that is, I don’t want my apartment to explode because of volatile plant elements.

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