A Walk on the Wild Side

2 Kings 4:39   One of them went out into the field to gather herbs; he found a wild vine and gathered from it a lapful of wild gourds, and came and cut them up into the pot of stew, not knowing what they were.

I am always interested, in everything.  Remember those knowledge books for children in the 60’s.  Everything you wanted to know about; astrology, rocks, fish, plants, just about any topic you could thing of.  My mom didn’t buy them too often, I think they may have been quite pricey.  I would read them from cover, over and over again.  I was fascinated by all the information and pictures they contained.  As a result I am a repository of a lot of rarely used or applicable natural history trivia.  There still exists a wealth of facts I don’t have stored away somewhere, or never knew in the first place.  But then, we have the internet now, and a plethera of applications for iphones, or smart phones, or all those other wireless devices I don’t own.  Come on, really, an app to remind you where you parked your car?  If it continues at this rate we won’t need our brains any more, although the regression in evolution in that aspect will be more than made up for by enlarged thumbs.  (I typed my email address into a blackberry today, I though I had fairly slender fingers!)

It wasn’t my intention for this to become something of a rant, rather, a vehicle for showing off a few more pictures.  These are of plants, most of which I can name, at least one that I can’t.  (I didn’t have to do a google search to do so either)

Salmon Berry Blossoms







Skunk Cabbage








Fiddle heads


Wild Rose & Bee


These were all taken in the park behind our house in Burnaby BC.  One or both of us walked there daily to exercise the dogs and get a breath of nature in the continuous encounter of people, traffic, buildings and roads that is the Lower Mainland.  A nice place to visit, but we are grateful not to live there anymore.