Posts Tagged ‘nature’

Warning Signs

In Food For Thought, Our Earthly Paradise on January 22, 2017 at 10:36 pm

As women around the world banded together to send a collective message to the new U.S. president about equal rights and freedoms, there were other signs from Mother Earth that didn’t go unnoticed – by me at least.

In three seemingly unrelated stories (there could be more) – large numbers of animals were found dead: Dolphins washed ashore in the U.K., and dead pelicans and false killer whales were discovered along the Florida coast. Sad news indeed. And no real answers on why. Innocent animals are always the first casualties, but no one appears to be sounding the alarm. Please tell me I’m wrong. There must be something in the water…We’re poisoning our beautiful world and this is just another resounding reminder of the true cost of our complacency.

This weekend, it was incredibly warm in Toronto and while I was out walking with a friend and her dog we spotted several robins on a lawn. Yes, robins – in January. To me, these birds are always the first sign of spring. Alarming and concerning. This is Canada after all, the true north, in winter.


It’s 2017!

In Our Earthly Paradise on January 2, 2017 at 3:33 pm



Welcome to 2017! I hope you survived the holidays and have come out on top. Now that winter is officially here, we can all look forward to more daylight. (Fingers crossed).

Love the nature theme in the Bay’s Christmas windows this year in downtown Toronto – it’s a beautiful reminder of what is really important in this world.

An Empty Space

In Animal Kingdom, Food For Thought on November 19, 2015 at 11:05 am

An ordinary trip to the pet store the other evening yielded some unusual results. As we went to pick up our hay, we noticed several empty shelves. Finding the manager at the cash desk, we asked what had happened to their stock. Turns out their suppliers were all out of hay… a result of recent droughts and poor crop yields it would seem.

Actually, this was no surprise to us. We had encountered a similar problem recently at our vet’s office, where we normally purchase our organic hay, and had been disappointed by substandard hay that our bunnies refused to eat.

Could this be a mere blip in time or sign of what is to come? Water rations, forest fires, drought – the effects of global warming are well underway. We forget how much we need clean air and water. It’s time we stopped taking nature for granted. We are all connected. Hay shortages today, what’s next, tomorrow?


Just Enjoying a Bit of Sunshine…

In Animal Kingdom on June 17, 2014 at 10:30 am



Not a care in the world or making tracks before the storm?

There’s a big storm warning in the Toronto area for later this afternoon. My husband, Gaetan (the amazing wildlife photographer — see earlier photograph of robins on this blog), captured this great shot in Markham, Ontario early this morning of a large group of snails in morning dew, warming themselves in the sunshine.

Interestingly, the snails appeared to be making their way to full coverage in the taller grasses. Let’s hope they make it before nightfall!