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Old May 30th, 2019, 10:26 AM   #1521
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I'll be taking a short break from the forum.
See you all in the latter part of June.
I wish you a good time, Nick, and am looking forward to your coming-back!
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Old June 22nd, 2019, 10:11 PM   #1522
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Belated thanks, christos, Robert, DWest, and Silvia!

After three weeks away, it'll take me some time to get up to speed.

In the meantime, here's a set taken in May ...

( ... and please excuse any technical issues. I'm struggling in the continuing absence of Flickr's Camera Roll.)

Early Spring Retrospective, Royal Botanical Gardens of Ontario

It’s the first week of May and spring is eagerly awaited.


[IMG]RBM039 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr[/IMG]

At the RBG’s Rock Garden, only a few of the exotic deciduous trees show any foliage.

[IMG]RBM018 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr[/IMG]

At the Laking Garden, young gardeners tend what will eventually be a spectacular display of irises and peonies.
Eventually!


[IMG]RBM005 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr[/IMG]

In Hendrie Park, a pair of goldfinches adorn a still leafless tree ...


[IMG]RBM013 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr[/IMG]

... and my avatar poses against a blue spring sky.


[IMG]RBM006 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr[/IMG]

In a sunny nook, this gentleman is posing too.


[IMG]RBM027 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr[/IMG]

So what’s in bloom?
There’s Japanese cherry blossom at the Rock Garden.


[IMG]RBM048 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr[/IMG]

This is Wall Rockcress (Arabis alpina), a.k.a. Schneehaube or Snowcap.
(No, I’m no botanist. I just reproduce the labels that the RBG kindly provides.)


[IMG]RBM054 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr[/IMG]

This is Hosta (a.k.a. Plantain Lily) “Fire-Island”. It practically glows.


[IMG]RBM057 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr[/IMG]

Finally, a beautiful display of Loebner’s Magnolia “Leonard Messel”.


[IMG]RBM042 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr[/IMG]

I’m sitting quietly on a bench contemplating the miniature Eden of the Rock Garden ...
... when I notice I have a companion lying among the shoots in the adjacent flower bed.


[IMG]RBM045 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr[/IMG]

“A Narrow Fellow in the grass / Occasionally rides ...”
We sit together for a good ten minutes, and I have to say that this Narrow Fellow seems quite companionable.


[IMG]RBM067 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr[/IMG]

Who’s that statuesque Fellow, standing very still by the wall of the Dalgleish Courtyard at the Rock Garden?
Surely it’s Thomas McQuesten (1882-1948), founder of the RBG and local hero?


[IMG]RBM066 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr[/IMG]

Actually it’s Flora Hominis (2017) by Brandon Vickerd, a bronze sculpture commissioned as a tribute to McQuesten.
Thomas’s face and hands are composed of native plants and fungi.
(The Renaissance painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo (ca. 1526-93) specialized in paintings in a similar vein.)
This sculpture is intended to show the interdependence of humanity and the vegetable world.
It’s an admirable concept, though I have to say that face is likely to scare the living daylights out of a sensitive soul.


[IMG]RBM001 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr[/IMG]

At Hendrie Park, one single tulip blooms in the beds leading to the tea house.


[IMG]RBM070 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr[/IMG]

Two weeks later in the same place, and things have livened up considerably.
No more quiet moments of communion with members of the reptile kingdom, I’m afraid.
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Old June 22nd, 2019, 11:34 PM   #1523
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Spring, finally
Nice spring photos, Nicholas!
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Old June 22nd, 2019, 11:58 PM   #1524
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I'm glad you are back!
As always, beautiful and interesting set.
I loved, among others, the photo of the snake. Great reptile!
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Old June 23rd, 2019, 09:00 AM   #1525
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Wonderful, interesting update, Nick - I enjoyed it very much!
One of my favourites is the first pic of the snake.



Spring is on it's way, nothing can stop it!
Also loved your bird pics!
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Old June 23rd, 2019, 11:13 AM   #1526
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Indeed great, very nice updates once again
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Old June 23rd, 2019, 11:18 AM   #1527
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Some great images; especially the snake amongst the shoots. Also a fine piece of public sculpture - of the founder of the botanic garden. I like that a lot. A sort of modern day 'Green Man'.
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Old June 23rd, 2019, 04:05 PM   #1528
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Welcome back, Nick! Lovely places and I really like the sculpture Flora Hominis.
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Old June 25th, 2019, 05:07 AM   #1529
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beautiful botanical garden...
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Old June 27th, 2019, 09:28 AM   #1530
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Beautiful snake, scary guy
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Old July 1st, 2019, 06:21 PM   #1531
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Glad to be back! Many thanks, Roman, Roberto, Silvia, christos, Jane, George, marlonbasman, and Igor, for your feedback.

Early Spring Retrospective at the Royal Botanical Gardens of Ontario 2

Some more back-catalogue images from the various gardens of the RBG from early to mid-May.

[IMG]RBM079 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr[/IMG]

Gazebo, Rose Garden, Hendrie Park



[IMG]RBM003 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr[/IMG]

Gazebo shadow, Rose Garden, Hendrie Park



[IMG]RBM008 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr[/IMG]

Fountain, early May, Hendrie Park ...



[IMG]RBM083 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr[/IMG]

... the same, two weeks later.



[IMG]RBM029 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr[/IMG]

Japanese Higan cherry tree, Rock Garden.



[IMG]RBM035 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr[/IMG]

Spring awakening, Rock Garden.



[IMG]RBM052 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr[/IMG]

Large-cupped narcissi, Rock Garden.



[IMG]RBM073 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr[/IMG]

Tulips, Hendrie Park.



[IMG]RBM081 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr[/IMG]

Virginia bluebells, Hendrie Park.



[IMG]RBM091 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr[/IMG]

Siberian crab-apple tree, Arboretum.



[IMG]RBM093 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr[/IMG]

Flowering crab-apple tree, Arboretum.



[IMG]RBM097 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr[/IMG]

Crab-apple blossom, Arboretum.



[IMG]RBM100 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr[/IMG]

More crab-apple blossom, Arboretum.
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Lovely pictures! you gave us a bit of spring many thanks, Nickolas
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Wow! Wonderful and colorful. I loved all those beautiful trees and gardens. Great set, Nick!
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Great, very nice updates once again; well done
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Lovely shots Why-Why...beautiful gazebo too.
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I enjoyed every single picture, Nick!
Beautiful arboretum - my special love for this wonderful tree:

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[IMG]RBM093 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr[/IMG]

Flowering crab-apple tree, Arboretum.

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Many thanks for following the thread, Roman, Roberto, christos, skymantle, and Silvia.

Now it's back to base for a few sets focusing on our local main drag, beginning with its rustic end ...

King Street East and West, Dundas 1: Olympic Drive to East Street


King Street Dundas by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr

King Street is Dundas’s main street, as it contains what is grandiosely referred to as the central business section (in beige above).
But this street, divided into East and West at (misleadingly named) Main Street, goes through many changes in its 3.5 km length.
We’ll follow it from its eastern end at Olympic Drive (the arrow above right) to its western end at the CN Tracks.


KSD022 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr

In this first set, we’ll look at the easternmost 700 m. of King E, a world away from the busy downtown thoroughfare.
King Street was first known as Hare Street after William Hare, who built this short street across his property in 1811.
Then on 24 June 1830, George IV died. He’d served as Prince Regent since 1811, then reigned as King since 1820.
Dundas heard of George’s death two months after it happened; news travelled slowly before the electric telegraph.
In his memory, and possibly to celebrate the accession of William IV, Hare Street was renamed King Street.


KSD025 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr

This section of King Street runs parallel to the Desjardins Canal.
The Canal connected Dundas to Lake Ontario and led to the town’s brief mid-19th century prominence.
What remains of the Canal here is a fragment, permanently severed by Olympic Drive from its outlet in Cootes Paradise.


KSD012 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr

Our local Canada geese, like all their breed, have a strong sense of entitlement.
As no tunnel has been provided under Olympic Drive, they saunter across the busy road, defying motorists to stop.


KSE015 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr

Although surrounded by roads, the Canal is peaceful, its calm waters beloved of waterfowl and turtles.


KSD016 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr

Its banks are frequented by fishing birds, like this black-crowned night heron.
You can watch them from King East, though you take your life in your hands if you do so ...
... as there’s no sidewalk along this stretch.


KSE024 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr

We’ll take the little looping detour off King East marked on the map.
Part of the south bank of the Canal has just been branded “Canal Park” and boasts a costly new viewing platform.
Strangely, its canopy offers no protection from sun or rain, as the spaces between its beams are open to the elements.


KSE027 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr

What you can often view from the platform are colourful local reptiles ... midland painted turtles.
On summer days they frequently share the little artificial islands in the canal with geese, ducks, and cormorants.
A fervent local campaign to protect the turtles from being squashed by cars has been quite successful.


KSE034 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr

A quasi-military array of nesting boxes has been set up by the Canal bank as part of a Government survey.
(It’s not clear what lies behind the Government’s sudden interest in hole-nesting birds.)


KSE017 by Nicholas Ruddick, on Flickr

However, the new Government accommodation has successfully attracted bank swallows.
They perform their acrobatics in the mosquito-rich air above the Canal.
Only occasionally does one sit still long enough to be photographed.

(To be continued)

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Enjoyed your update very much, Nick, especially loved the Canada geese
crossing the street.
What a wonderful picture:

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Wonderful! I learn so much from your posts.
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Great update,Nick! Loved 'the Canada geese' too also, among my favorites - KSE017, KSE027, and KSD016


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