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:
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:
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.
Over the past several years, with my wife and the enthusiastic support of park staff, I conduct 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.
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