Andy Fyon, photographer, copyright 2007 Andy Fyon, www.ontariowildflower.com

Andy Fyon

 

Andy's Ontario Wildflower Site, Copyright 2008 Andy Fyon, www.ontariowildflower.com
Andy's Northern Ontario Wildflowers

Who is Andy Fyon?

 

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I am the owner of www.ontariowildflower.com

I am a geologist by training. In my "day job", I am the Director of the Ontario Geological Survey, a science-based organization responsible to describe and communicate the geology of Ontario (rocks, deposits left by glaciers, the history of geological forces that shaped Ontario) and the associated Earth resources (e.g., mineral, energy, groundwater) contained in the rocks and glacial deposits.  For more information about the Ontario Geological Survey, visit:

a) Website: www.ontariogeologicalsurvey.ca
b) Ontario Geological Survey Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/OGSgeology
c) Andy Fyon Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/andy.fyon
d) Andy's Northern Ontario Wildflowers Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/Andy.wildflowers
e) YouTube: search on AndyOGS or Ontario Geological Survey to see some of our videos.

I have worked and travelled across Canada, but have spent most of my working career in Ontario.

I consider myself to be an amateur naturalist with an interest in all aspects of the near surface of the Earth.  As a geologist, I have a close attachment and respect for the land, and the relationships between the near-surface of the Earth, the geological processes that shape the Earth and create its landforms and landscapes, the resulting habitats, plants, animals, birds and people. I also appreciate the interplay between what the Earth can provide to us in terms of food, mineral resources, energy resources, and enjoyment.  My northern friends describe this holistic and complex relationship as "git-tea-gan ah-key".  All is possible, within balance.  The challenge is our quite widely ranging views of what constitutes "balance".

Photography is an hobby.  My preferred photographic interests include:

  • flowering plants; and

  • remote aboriginal communities and their inhabitants.

Andy Fyon photographing flowering plants, Inuvik, NWT, with lots of mosquitoes. Copyright 2007 Andy Fyon www.ontariowildflower.com

Photographing flowering plants near Inuvik, Summer 2007.  The mosquitoes were exciting.

In year 2000, I started the website, www.ontariowildflower.com, to depict wildflowers growing in the Sudbury area.  My goal is to help dispel the widely-held perception, especially by those who have never visited or lived in Sudbury, that Sudbury area is devoid of vegetation.  The scope of the website has expanded to include wildflowers and flowering plants found in other regions, such as the Arctic, Rocky Mountains, and Yukon, and other areas of northern Ontario, Canada.

In the past, with the enthusiastic support of park staff, I conducted several wildflower walks per summer at Killarney Provincial Park.

My favourite flowering plant (shrub, actually): Trailing Arbutus because it is the harbinger of spring in this area.

My less favourite wildflower: Goldenrod because it signifies the rapid onset of fall and the end of the wildflower season.

My favourite habitat: alpine or tundra because it is so different, the conditions are so harsh, and the flowering season so short that only the specialized survive - it amazes me.

At home: we have an eclectic wildflower garden that is under a constant state of change - much like the geological history of the Earth.

I am available to deliver non-technical talks and presentations to a range of audiences on wildflowers, the relationship between geology and flowering plants, and geology and society.  Some of my recent presentations are on line.

Andy Fyon standing on frost polygons, Keno Hill, Yukon, summer 2007. Copyright 2007 Andy Fyon www.ontariowildflower.com

Frost polygons are circles of rock or gravel where the larger pieces are pushed, or sorted, to the outside and the the smaller pieces on the inside.  The resulting ring shape forms as a result of frost sorting.  Water seeps into cracks in the rock, freezes, and starts to sort the broken rock pieces, separating the larger and smaller pieces.  Frost sorting takes place over a very long time - perhaps hundreds to thousands of years.

Andy Fyon at Keno Hill, Yukon, 2007, observing frost polygons. The core of the polygon is a micro-habitat that supports  wildflowers and sedges.

Andy Fyon, King's Throne, Kluane, summer 2007. Copyright 2007 Andy Fyon www.ontariowildflower.com

King's Throne, Kluane National Park, summer 2007.  Wildflowers abound in the cirque habitat.

Andy Fyon, photographer, table mountain, alberta, copyright 2007 Andy Fyon, www.ontariowildflower.com

Plateau Mountain, Alberta, July 1, 2006

Andy Fyon, photographer, Table Mountain, Alberta, copyright 2007 Andy Fyon, www.ontariowildflower.com

Table Mountain, Alberta, June 29, 2006

Andy Fyon, photographer, Table Mountain, Alberta, copyright 2007 Andy Fyon, www.ontariowildflower.com

Table Mountain, Alberta, June 29, 2006

Copyright Elizabeth Fyon 2010, Andy Fyon by Giand Hogweed.

Andy Fyon standing beside the Giant Hogweed, located on Manitoulin Island.

 

 

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