COMFORT MAPLE, PELHAM, ONTARIO
The Comfort Maple is Canada’s oldest and finest example of a climax forest Sugar Maple (Acer Saccharum). The tree has been estimated by the Ontario Forestry Association to be between four and five hundred years old. The above image showing the tree in full fall glory will be used by the Davey corporation in their 2019 promotional calendar. Davey has been Canada’s professional tree service since 1930.
The Comfort family donated the tree to the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority in 1961. Back in the 19th century, members of my family were patients of Dr. Comfort’s practice in the local area. The tree is but a stone’s throw from their final resting place in the North Pelham cemetery.
“LONG LIVE THE COMFORT MAPLE”
My new photobook, ALASKAN ADVENTURE, is available for preview here.
Hard to believe that a film could beat DUNKIRK but along comes Darkest Hour to prove me wrong.
Darkest Hour is the story of Churchill’s rise to power amidst the crisis of the European collapse in the face of the Nazi blitzkrieg. Its the political backdrop to the Dunkirk fiasco and the split within Britain’s wartime cabinet between capitulation and defiance. A hinge moment of history.
Parliament Square, London
If there’s any merit to the Academy Awards, Gary Oldham should have the Oscar for Best Actor sent signed, sealed and delivered for his portrayal of the plucky PM in his moment of greatest crisis. No contest!
“Dec 7, 1941 – A date that will live in infamy.”
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
ARIZONA MEMORIAL, PEARL HARBOR
On this November 11, some images of Scottish war memorials.
BRITISH COMMANDO MEMORIAL, SPEAN BRIDGE
Memorial to the British Commandos who trained in the Spean Bridge area during WWII.
GLENCOE MASSACRE MEMORIAL, GLENCOE
Some photos of Alaska Black Bears shot during my recent trip.
BEAR CUB UP A TREE
Happy Columbus Day!
COLUMBUS MONUMENT, PORT VELL, BARCELONA
Monument erected at the foot of La Rambla to commemorate Columbus’s meeting with King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella in Barcelona after his journey to the Americas.
The following images were taken on a tour boat out of Seward, Alaska.
The Pelagic Cormorant is a small, slender cormorant of the Pacific Coast. Although it is exclusively marine in habits, its name is misleading, since it prefers inshore areas rather than the open ocean.
The Red-faced cormorant is found only in the North Pacific. On a fly-over, this individual only gave me three clicks. Fortunately the third was in focus!! The species has been of concern but fortunately seems to be increasing in number.
Hurricane Maria has hit San Juan, Puerto Rico. Power may be out in some sectors for months. Below are some images from my visit last November.
ARRIVAL IN SAN JUAN
APPROACH OF A STORM
SAN JUAN FORT AS SEEN FROM THE HARBOUR
SAN JUAN FORT
SANTA MARIA CEMETERY
Hemaris thysbe, commonly known as the hummingbird clearwing, is a moth of the hawkmoth family. Coloration varies between individuals, but typically the moth is olive green and burgundy on its back, and white or yellow and burgundy on the underside. Its wings are transparent with a reddish-brown border. It has light-colored legs, which combined with the lack of striping on the underside is diagnostic. Beating its wings rapidly, H. thysbe hovers to collect nectar from a variety of flowers. The combination of its appearance, size and its behavior commonly leads to it being confused with a hummingbird or bumblee.
The following images were shot during a recent visit to the extreme south of Ontario.
This image clearly shows the transparency in the wings.