Journal archives for January 2016

January 10, 2016

Galiano Tree Find

As part of this year's Biodiversity Series, you are challenged to find (and photograph) ten trees native to Galiano Island.

Download a Checklist for the species in question at:

When making your observations, try to capture as much detail as possible. It may be necessary to take two photographs for each tree: one of the tree as a whole; the other a close up of some detail, like bark or needles, to help with the ID.

Take note of details about your observation, including the date and place. You might ask yourself questions, like, "Where does the tree grow?" and "What other trees are nearby?" If you are feeling creative, you might even come up with a story about your relationship to the tree, or consider giving it a name.

When uploading remember you can include more than one photo per observation if necessary. Also include in the description one thing that you learned about the tree.

Once you've completed the checklist, send a message to the project curator to win a family-sized pizza at Babes in the Woods!

Posted on January 10, 2016 11:14 PM by chlorophilia chlorophilia | 0 comments | Leave a comment

January 29, 2016

Flowering of red huckleberry: Galiano Island 2015

The flowering of red huckleberry (Vaccinium parvifolium) was my first—and perhaps my favourite— phenological series from 2015. I would have followed up on this individual into its fruiting cycle, but unfortunately a certain small animal plucked the branch off the plant!

The series elapses from February 20 to March 17—so as you can see the flowering cycle of this particular plant happened over the course of about a month, during which time its leafs opened up too. Enclosed in the urn-shaped flowers are ten stamens occurring in two whorls of five each.

When the flowers fall off, the central style remains. The fruit matured in June and was picked clean by birds by July.

Posted on January 29, 2016 08:16 PM by chlorophilia chlorophilia | 9 observations | 6 comments | Leave a comment

January 31, 2016

Bigleaf maple leaf-fall: 2015

Last year on Galiano Island, the leaves of bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum) began to turn in early August.


This series begins August 05 and ends October 24. By late September half the leaves had fallen, and by late October, more than two months after the leaves first began to change colour, only few golden leaves remained.

80 days elapsed as the chlorophyll broke down and the leaves perished, to be blown away by autumn winds.

Can you see any patterns in the succession of change?

Posted on January 31, 2016 06:58 AM by chlorophilia chlorophilia | 6 observations | 2 comments | Leave a comment