Shady Characters

Double blessing

 by Neil Carleton The cool, wet weather last week sure felt like spring again. It brought to mind this year’s spectacular show of fruit tree...

The best time to plant a tree

 by Neil Carleton The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. - Chinese proverb  This is a...

Main Street tree of gargoyles

As a landmark of many years along Main Street, the Manitoba maple that grew at the west corner of Union Street was a tree...

Island Hoppers

 by Neil Carleton When I met some acquaintances last fall at an unexpected location, it took more than a few moments to match a name....

Arbor Day Centenarian

Many times during my explorations I’ve wondered how old this tree or that one is. Some shady characters catch my eye because of their...

A well grounded pine tree

by Neil Carleton Even though a lightning flash is only about an inch, or 2.5 centimeters, in diameter, and lasts only a fraction of a...

Please try that number again

by Neil Carleton In recent years, it seems, the words trees and electricity have been most often used together during news stories about storms and...

Half trees

by Neil Carleton   To anthropomorphically paraphrase the second verse of the Beatles 1965 song ‘Yesterday’ is a good way of introducing the roadside shady characters...

Clayton Honey Tree

by Neil Carleton It was the sound that first attracted Jenny Doyle to a tree near the village of Clayton during a seasonal walk.  Something...

Silver Maples of the Appleton Wetlands

by Neil Carleton Between Almonte and Appleton is an extensive silver maple swamp along the Mississippi River.  Commonly known as the Almonte wetlands, this unique...

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