Mask in the creek

Not sure what’s going on here, but going over a bridge in Bear Creek Park today, I looked over and saw this.

Quite disconcerting, actually.

Was it art? Was it some vandals getting rid of some stuff?

Whatever it was, it looks like it was placed in just that spot, looking up angrily at anyone who peered into the stream from above.

Ah, one of life’s little mysteries….

Mask in the creek


I’ve seen pussy willows in the spring before, but this is the first time I’ve seen pollen buds associated with them. In the  two photos below, you can see some that are yet to release and some where the pollen has already taken flight.


Spent 2


First day of spring, 2014

Ok, not the first full day, but spring did start here just before 10:00am. I’m excited, because for various reasons, this is the first spring I’ve been able to fully enjoy since 2011. I plan to make the most of it.

Once again I headed over to Bear Creek Park here in Surrey. It’s spring break this week for all the schools, so the park was packed with rug rats running everywhere, parents watching proudly.

I took a short walk around the garden area of the park and found what I think is an indian plum, or osoberry (Osmoronia sp.) heralding in the season. I expect those flowers will break out in a couple of days.


Small, occasional life in the forest

Yesterday in the park, I noticed this jelly fungus sprouting on a fence.  It was hard not to see the bright orange on the old fence, and I saw it on a couple of logs as well.

Apparently conditions were just right for a bit of sporulation.

I guess it’s not really ‘occasional life in the forest’. The fungus would be there all year. What I noticed was the fruiting body; the rest of it is feeding inside the wood.

Jelly fungus on a fence rail

Later winter snow

Winter. Glad it’s just about over, but I have to admit, it can be a pretty time.

This was the south end of Green Timbers Lake a couple of days ago, between storms. It warmed up quite a bit, and the path around the lake alternated between snow and snow free.

At this point, I was wishing I’d worn something other than sneakers. Man, was it slippery. But it was pretty, so I stopped and pulled out the iPhone. What you don’t see off to the right is some nut fishing in the shade 😉

Snow at Green Timbers Lake

A bad day fishin’

I was out walking around a local lake yesterday and noticed this for the first time.

This is at one of a couple of spots along the shore, where some old gents periodically arrive on their electric bikes and settle in for a day of fishing. I suspect it’s mostly a social thing, and they seem to enjoy it immensely.

When I noticed this yesterday, I wondered if these floats belong to different people, or is it just one slow learner 😉 Clearly the alder tree is in the wrong spot.

A bad day fishin'

Marsh grasses

A while back, I was out at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Delta, BC. There was a small dock out on the marsh that gave a nice view of the native grasses growing there. I guess when the seeds fall, they’re food for all the birds that migrate through the area each year.

Marsh Grasses

Grasses at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Delta BC