Thunderstorms were in the forecast for this Wednesday evening, but though the sky was overcast when I arrived at New Jubilee forest at 5:00pm, nothing was falling from the sky just yet. I could see evidence of the wetter weather we have been having recently, as more mushrooms of all kinds have popped up everywhere in response. Most of my photos today are of new mushrooms, and some interesting old ones. The other striking difference I noticed in the forest was the yellowing of the sarsaparilla leaves - always the first to turn, and how dramatically the forest floor is transformed when they do!
I spent most of my time today preparing for the forest tour - walking through the route and the invitations. By the time I was through my practice run, rain was beginning to fall. I put on my rain gear, and stayed a little longer, walking to the clearing and back, but as the rain began to fall harder I decided to cut it short and say goodbye early.
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Hi! My name is Nathan Binnema. My grandparents are from the Netherlands, and I have lived my whole life in the city of Edmonton, as a settler on this land that I have learned to call Amiskwaciy Waskahikan. Growing up my family attended Fellowship Christian Reformed Church, which is how I am connected with Doug Visser. Around 2012/2013 I joined the public activism to fight the rezoning of the northeast agricultural land, and was introduced to the farm and the forest. I stayed in touch, and a few years later Kelly asked me to do bookkeeping for Lady Flower Gardens. Though I haven’t pursued studies in ecology or biology professionally, I have always been a biophile, and for nearly seven years now have been with a practice called phenological engagement, which involves visiting a small area consistently throughout the year, and trying to get to know all of the living creatures who also visit there, and how they are related.