Category STRANGE THINGS I HAVE SEEN

Strange Things I’ve Seen – The Brechin Sauropod (Yeah that’s a Dinosaur)

For many years, the wife and I have travelled back and forth from Gravenhurst, Ontario to visit my Mom. There are only so many different routes one can take, to break the monotony of passing the same old landmarks. Sure, things change from trip to trip. We watched some frickin’ mansion on a hill being […]

Strange Things I’ve Seen – A Well Heeled Tree with alot of Sole

The Wife and I were returning from Orono a few weeks ago, on a “long way Home” cruise along the backroads.  We passed a tree we’d passed many times before, but without as much as a second glance. I guess that’s why someone “decorated” it. I can only assume there’s an artist (that’s phonetically pronounced … “arteest”) in […]

Strange Things I’ve Seen – The Leaning Water Tower of Orono

The wife and I were returning from a trip to The Leskard Trail when we stopped into Orono (just North on Hwy 115 from the 401) to buy some Christmas gifts for an old friend at the Dutch shop/bakery on the Main St.  On our way into town, I spotted this : I asked the […]

Strange Things I Have Seen – A Railroad Crosswalk to Nowhere

The wife and I were returning Home from a walk about the Wilmot Creek Nature Area. What with the 401 being so uninteresting, we tend to take Lakeshore Rd. Home. Seems there’s always something unusual to see when we take alternate routes at this time of year. But this time, the unusual sight wasn’t botanical, […]

Strange Things I Have Seen – Inosculation

No, inosculation isn’t a technical term for a dirty word. Well, not really. It’s a type of natural “grafting” which is described as not uncommon, yet I’ve not seen examples of this … commonly. What happens is that one tree’s branch grows out and literally runs into the trunk of the tree beside it. As the […]

Strange Things I Have Seen – Woodpecker Carnage

We’ve all heard, or perhaps seen a Woodpecker at work. The Downey, or the Hairy, most commonly. Then there’s the more impressive Red Headed, and the unexpected Flicker, also classed as a woodpecker. All told, there are ten different woodpeckers in Ontario. But the most impressive by far, is the Pileated. If you wish to […]

Strange Things I Have Seen – A Ringed Tree

The wife and I have been taking a new friend of ours on tours of all the near-by trails in the area. She moved into town last Spring and we met her just a few months ago while hand-feeding chickades on the AKS Marsh trail. The best part of showing someone else an old trail, is […]