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Coastal Nostalgia – Princess Louisa Inlet, BC

Then 1916) and Now (2021)

Jan and I have boated twice to Princess Louisa Marine Park, and the surrounding scenery has not changed in over 100 years.  Remotely beautiful, one is surrounded by 40+ waterfalls.

The famous Malibu Lodge/Club – overlooking Malibu Rapids at the entrance to Princess Louisa Inlet and Marine Park – opened in July 1941, but its operations were suspended until the end of World War II in 1945. From that point until 1950, the facility was open as a premium resort. Visitors included John Wayne, Senator John F. Kennedy, Barbara Stanwyck, Bing Crosby, and Bob Hope.

Photos by Shelley Nielsen – June 2021

The Dark Web of Mycorrhizal Networks

The Dark Web of Mycorrhizal Networks

Dr. Suzanne Simard has proven trees communicate. Dr. Simard is a professor of forest ecology; teaching at the University of BC (UBC). As a biologist, she has tested theories about how trees communicate with other trees. Currently, she involved with the Mother Tree project investigating forest renewal practices that will protect biodiversity, carbon storage and forest regeneration in our changing climate.

Mother trees are the largest trees in forests that act as central hubs for vast below-ground mycorrhizal networks. A mother tree supports seedlings by infecting them with fungi and supplying them with the nutrients they need to grow.

Research has shown that beneath every forest and wood there is a complex underground web of roots, fungi and bacteria helping to connect trees and plants to one another. Scientists have now nicknamed this network “the wood-wide web” in its very similar structure to the internet. This web is a highway of information for forests to communicate, cooperate, warn and share with each other.

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Genus Banksia

Genus Banksia

As promised in Newsletter #80 – February 2019, the hankering to revisit all-things Australian has hit.  I mentioned I had bought the most fabulously illustrated book entitled Firewood Banksia by Philippa Nikulinsky; published by Freemantle Press.  I encourage you to visit Philippa’s website. She shares her thoughts, works, publications; decades of her passions. 

I reached out to Philippa and spoke with Angela Nikulinsky.  Philippa was on holiday but Angela was excited when I proposed using some of Philippa’s artwork from her book.  Drop-in for a visit to Studio N –  and learn about Angela.

The Art of the Banksia

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It’s All about Australia

It’s All about Australia

Specifically Woods Of The Southwest

Is it obvious we have an affinity with all-things Australian?  Admittedly, Australia was never on my bucket list until our youngest daughter moved there in 2013.  Now, with our daughter settling Downunder as a high-school science teacher, wife and mother, our ties have strengthened.  Recently we made our second trip to visit our lovely new grand-daughter, Freja Isabella Tellerup Beeton.

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