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Gargoyles

  Architects often used gargoyles on buildings to divide the flow of rainwater off the roof to minimize the potential damage from a rainstorm. A trough is cut in the back of the gargoyle and rainwater typically exits through the … Continue reading

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Amherst Island ferry

The 15 minute ferry trip to Amherst Island is a nice way to cool off on a hot summer day, which is exactly what I did while heading to Toronto from Kingston. The ferry runs from Millhaven, 22 km west … Continue reading

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Toe the line

The most likely origin of “toe the line” dates back to the the late 17th or early 18th century when barefooted sailors stood to attention for inspection on wooden decked ships of the Royal Navy. The sailors lined up on … Continue reading

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A very big moth

A very big moth – a Luna Moth. The Luna Moth (Actias luna) is a large lime-green saturniid moth found in North America from east of the Great Plains in the United States to northern Mexico and from Ontario eastward … Continue reading

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Blowing snow

The snow making team at Batawa Ski Hill has been busy getting ready for winter, using snow lances to make and blow snow onto the runs and the areas around the lift and chalet. Snow Lances are up to 12 … Continue reading

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Juniper berries

A juniper berry is the female seed cone produced by the various species of junipers. It is not a true berry but a cone with unusually fleshy and merged scales, which give it a berry-like appearance. The cones from a … Continue reading

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Cornwall Canal

The Cornwall Canal is one of four historic 14-foot deep canals along the St. Lawrence River in Ontario, the others being Farran’s Point, Rapide Plat and the Galops Canal. Originally built 9 feet deep between 1834 and 1842, then enlarged … Continue reading

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Tracks and poop

Not an elegant subject, but this is all about goose poop and the goose tracks. If you have never seen goose tracks or goose poop, well, now you have. And now you know… Images by Katherine © 2012 CKB Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2012

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Zebra Mussels

The first zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) in the Great Lakes were identified in 1988. Since this initial discovery, the mollusc has spread to all corners of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Ecosystem, and pushing south to the Mississippi … Continue reading

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A hop frog in November

I’m not an expert when it comes to hop frogs, but I thought it was a bit unusual to see a hop frog hopping about at North Beach in the middle of November. Frogs usually hibernate in the mud, and … Continue reading

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