Seriously. Here’s an image of the Grey Canal trail in the Okanagan Valley, the syilx homeland that Canada claimed as its own in 1871. Every single plant you see in this image, […]
When is an invasive species not, well, an invasive species? Chinese Elm Fooling Around With Light and Shadow Because it Can I mean, a really invasive species, with a kazillion seeds that […]
The scotch thistle is listed as a noxious weed in the Okanagan. The image below shows it after the first year of is growth. Now it’s ready to grow a tall stalk. […]
So, plucking the haws, that’s the easy part. But they’re freaking ornamental haws, right, and they have weird stem bits. And even without stem things they’re too, gasp, cough cough, wheeze, big. […]
Isn’t it a bitter irony that these beautiful birds, starlings, an invasive species here, are called pests and are electrocuted for it by the hundreds of thousands … … by that other […]
If you plant that lavender, the crab spiders will have nowhere to go, and they are the wolves of this ecosystem. Removing the top predator from a chain, in this case a […]
Sumac turning before its time, in the smoky sun. I’d say she’s done this before.
Blend in. Or look like you blew in on the wind. And hang on. That’s the way.
Shrimp skeletons on Okanagan Lake, eh. The little buggers were introduced to the lake over 40 years ago. Pretty sci-fi. Don’t worry. That sand is imported too. Oh, and the water? Aha. […]
Cheatgrass burns off a whole season’s water at once … in early March. By May, this will be a desert, and this fire will be red. This sagebrush-cheatgrass culture takes the place […]