SoundForest [MAY2019]

I have long been fascinated by the sounds of nature, and always enjoyed percussive musical instruments, so it was I guess only a matter of time until inspiration hit to bring them together. Out in the middle of the Red Pines area I’ve fashioned a set-up to suspend wind chimes between trees. Don’t ask me…

Dear Deer [APR2019]

Dear Deer, Thanks for stopping by my new trail cam. It seems you are as interested in it as I am, though from different sides of the coin as it were. I’ve bought all kinds of gadgets over the course of my life but this one I think will be one of the best values…

Canadian Sunbathing [MAR2019]

Astronomical spring (the vernal equinox) arrived March 20th this year. Meteorological spring arrives March 1st every year—which, living here, sounds rather astonishing but who am I to argue with Environment Canada. The pictures on this page were taken earlier this month. You see, I get to a point each year when I am

Snowshoe Season [JAN2019]

I am declaring it officially the start of snowshoe season here. It’s a somewhat subjective decision… based generally on snow getting to more-or-less the depth of my knee in open areas, but also on (a) how clumsily I move around with just boots on my feet and (b) observing that Oscar, a medium-to-large size collie-cross…

Moon Magic [JAN2019]

I am writing this Off Grid blog post as I kill some time, waiting for the lunar eclipse coming later this evening. A full moon in winter is always magical here… the combination of a bright moon, dry crisp air, and snow on the ground, means distinct moon shadows and the eerie sensation of being…

Christmas Greetings [DEC2018]

To say that 2018 was not a good year for peace is a whopping understatement. On both a macro- and micro-level, the range and extent of harm perpetrated by humans against other humans, and against the natural world which supports humans and all life, has been perhaps unprecedented. Not highly encouraging, and much of it…

Winter Preview [NOV2018]

Winter is never a no-show up here. In fact, it was escaping the GTA in search of “real” winter and white snow one weekend ten years ago that led me by chance to find this country place I now call home! It’s just a question of how early it arrives and how long it stays….

Talking Turkey [OCT2018]

My last guests wrote a lovely review on Airbnb, and mentioned how nice it was to see wildlife both around the property and even right from the Cordwood Cabin they were staying in. Wild Turkeys, in particular, have been common sightings this time of year. These pictures were taken from my front porch the following…

Aliens Emerging [SEP2018]

One of my recent guests wrote in his Airbnb review that it was a “mushroom/fungi extravaganza” out on the trails here. Was he ever right–the combination of September and dampness brings ’em out in droves. When he showed me all the pictures on his phone, there were even a couple I hadn’t seen before. Perhaps…

Super Stars [AUG2018]

I try to avoid using stock photographs (I think there is only one other on this entire web site) as I don’t have the equipment or the skills to capture a shooting star on camera. But what you see on the stock image above is pretty much what it looked like in the skies here!…