Category Archives: Ruminations on Nature

A Story of Butterflies and Man 

By Art Guppy Recently, listening to the radio, I was reminded of a global event that is scarcely reason for celebration: the human population of the world has passed the seven billion mark.  That information almost instantly brought to my … Continue reading

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The Importance of Gardens to the Conservation of Nature

By Art  Guppy A garden, especially one that has masses of flowers and is a bit chaotic (like mine), can be a very important adjunct to nature, even though its plants are not native to the region.  The hummingbirds that … Continue reading

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An Encounter with a Hummingbird

A few days ago, in early August,  I had an extraordinary encounter with a hummingbird.  I was using a large watering can to water some plants in my garden when suddenly a hummingbird appeared hovering close beside the watering can and … Continue reading

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In Defence of the Frowned-upon

by Art Guppy This article was inspired by a thought-provoking article by Ann Nightingale in the January-February, 2007 Victoria Naturalist in which she pondered the recent evolution of the ethics of nature watching.  She described how as a child, fascinated … Continue reading

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In Need of Rescue

by Art Guppy In mid-June, 2009 I did a little tour of coastal southwestern Vancouver Island and visited three very interesting and very beautiful natural sites where ocean waves lap against rugged rocks and trees and all the vegetation are … Continue reading

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