Posted in Canada, pondering, Tourist in my own Town / Province, wildlife

Out of this World… part 2 (a step back)

Yesterday I shared some photos of some familiar creatures for this week’s WordPress photo challenge.

Just in case you didn’t guess what the subject of the photos was…

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This weekend we visited the Butterfly Conservatory in the Niagara Parks Commission.

I could spend days in there! So relaxing and stunningly beautiful. The air is full of softly fluttering wings of every colour under the sun! It’s fun to stroll around carefully … Watch your step the butterflies land on the path!!… watching these creatures float and glide. It’s magical how they fly.

It feels like you’ve been given a bit of magic when they choose you to perch upon!

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Over 2,000 butterflies, made up of 45 different species, call this beautiful space home.  http://www.niagaraparks.com/visit/attractions/butterfly-conservatory/

 

Posted in Canada, Grateful for, Nature, pondering, Scope for the Imagination, Seasons, Tourist in my own Town / Province

Love the Place you’re in !

What’s not to love about where I live?!  ❤ Ontario Here’s a tiny peek of a corner of our beautiful province.

Every season along the Niagara Parkway is enchanting.

You can spend years enjoying nature. The flowers, leaves and all the delicious fruits!

Some of the best places to immerse yourself in nature are our Provincial Parks. My favourite is Rock Point, Provincial Park.

I am so grateful for the beautiful province that I call home. ❤

 

 

 

 

Posted in Canada, garden, Photo challenge, photography, pondering, Seasons, Tourist in my own Town / Province

We’ll get a-round to it!

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Last spring while on a photo journey through the Niagara Parks, we stopped at the Floral Clock. There were so many photos to be found as we walked around the clock 😉

This week, share your take on rounded.” it’s a broad theme, so I look forward to your personal interpretations, whether you choose to focus on a curving street, limbs caught mid-way through a dance, a bowl of fruit (think of all the round shapes!), or any other object, landscape, or texture that fits within your definition of the theme. As always, less-literal takes are equally welcome.

Posted in Canada, Celebrations, garden, History, Nature, Seasons, Tourist in my own Town / Province

Tulips… beautiful in every colour.

Spring has been kind to Niagara this year! Our tulips look amazing. My garden has brought me hours of joy and photographs! I’m especially delighted with the Canada Tulips!! They were cultivated to celebrate Canada’s 150th.

The individual tulips and the variety of colours in my garden are what make my heart sing. The seas of colour in the Niagara Parks are just as breathtaking!

 

 

Last week my daughter and I went down to see the displays along the Niagara Parkway. I’ll be spending many hours along Niagara Parks this year. So I’m confident this is just one of many highlighting our beauty! (In fact, this is just my small selection of tulip photos, I have a few more from this walk that I’ll share later.)

These displays of tulips (predominately red and white) are the start of the celebration of our heritage in Canada. (see below)

In a previous post about a garden of tulips, I shared why tulips are part of Canada’s yearly celebrations. (another tie to our rich heritage)

 

 

Niagara Parks Commission chairwoman Janice Thomson said the projects “speak to our mission and the ‘roots’ we have established over our rich 132-year history.” They also touch upon NPC’s anniversary campaign theme of Begin Here, “signifying Niagara Parks’ importance as a natural, cultural and heritage gateway.”

The five projects will be:

Rooted in Legacy — 10 interpretive pollinator gardens spaced along the 56-kilometre Niagara River corridor. They’ll stress the importance of birds, butterflies, and bees.

Rooted in Nature — providing insight into Ontario’s native plant and animal species. It launched February at the butterfly conservatory. In addition, revisions to the Niagara Glen Centre will be unveiled in July.

Rooted in Life — will feature an art exhibition at the Floral Showhouse interpreting life in Ontario over 150 years. Uses vintage pieces from Durham’s former Cullen Miniature Village collection.

Rooted in the Garden — a series of cultural and culinary programs spotlighting the botanical gardens and school of horticulture.

Rooted in Design — an amateur and professional art competition to design two high traffic flower beds at Queen Victoria Park and Queenston Heights Park, as well as the face of the Floral Clock. A commissioned piece of work will be unveiled in the fall.

Late last year, Vesey’s Seeds of Prince Edward Island donated 1,000 red and white tulip bulbs to 150 communities across Canada to mark the country’s 150th birthday in 2017. The Canadian Garden Council chose the 150 communities from nearly 500 applicants.

Niagara Parks Commission ended up receiving an additional 29,000 bulbs, planted in October and now in bloom along the parkway.  SOURCE:  niagarafallsreview.ca/2017/05/02/niagara-parks-unveils-canada-150-projects

Posted in Awareness, Camping, Canada, Celebrations, History, Nature, Tourist in my own Town / Province

Canada Parks Day

In honour of Canada Parks Day, I’m sharing some moments from our favourite parks here in Ontario.

Rock Point Provincial Park

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Rock Point Provincial Park was established in 1957. The park covers 188 hectares; 161 ha of land, 27 ha of water  [fyi 1 ha = 2.271 acres]  Rock Point features are: an extensive sandy beach, an exposed limestone rock pavement with Devonian fossils, sand dune formations, Carolinian plant communities and significant numbers, varieties of seasonal migratory birds and migratory path for monarch butterflies.  (sources:  ontarioparks.com/park/rockpoint & ontario.ca/environment-and-energy/parks-and-protected-areas (Rock Point Management Plan)

Niagara Parks Commission 

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In the years since 1885, [ when the Niagara Falls Parks Act was passed ]  more and more land has been acquired so that now the Ontario Niagara Parks system covers 1,325 hectares (3,274 acres) extending along the entire length of the Niagara River. The properties include Falls attractions, golf courses, historic sites, a horticultural school, restaurants and a butterfly conservatory. There is also a 56 km (35 mile) recreational trail and scenic Niagara Parkway. (source: http://corporate.niagaraparks.com/)