Blossoms & Birdsong

Exploring, discovering and celebrating the wonders of Nature

Welcome to Blossoms & Birdsong!

This journal is dedicated to the observation and discovery of nature in all its forms. It is a place to share my experiences, update the progress of my garden, document wildlife I have seen, nature trails I have visited, and post new photos I have taken.

Although I have been birdwatching since 2004, my fascination with the natural world really began in 2006 when I first started taking my camera on my walks with me. I found that when viewed through the lens of a camera, the world became a much more beautiful and fascinating place. The more I saw, the more I wanted to see. I became an avid birder, and to this day it is the birds that hold the first place in my heart. Mammals, reptiles, and amphibians also captured my attention, but butterflies became my next real interest, followed by the odonates (dragonflies and damselflies). While I enjoy photographing them, my main interest is in observing and learning about the species I see through my lens.

I am not primarily a photographer; my main interest is in documenting the things I see when I go out for a walk in the woods or along the river. However, there is nothing more thrilling than capturing a special moment or a new species with my camera. For those of you who are interested in seeing the best of my nature photos, please feel free to check out my gallery at http://www.pbase.com/jewelwing.

I do welcome comments on my journal entries; for those visitors who are not LJ users, please let me know who you are and how you found me!

Who I am

I currently live in Ottawa, Ontario, my home for the past thirteen years by way of Edmonton and Toronto. Although I work as an legal assistant, I have a B.Sc. degree in biology, and enjoy pondering on the mysteries of life and death, physics and God, and space and time. I love writing stories, photographing nature, gardening and spending time outdoors. Colour alone can inspire me...the shade of a lilac blossom, or the colour of a butterfly's wings can influence my mood and lighten my heart. I am most at peace when walking on the nature trails close by to my house, listening to the birds, smelling the woods, and feeling the sunlight on my face.

I live with my fiancé and our two cats, Phaedra and Jango, whom we dote on. Phaedra was adopted from the Humane Society and Jango was given to me by a friend from work who had allergies. Never mind the fact that I myself am allergic to them! I am definitely a cat person and like to joke that I'll be one of those crazy cat ladies at the age of 80 with 12 cats.


I have loved reading and writing since I was a kid and have been doing both ever since. My favourite genres are historical, suspense, horror, and fantasy. Favourite authors include Sharon Kay Penman, Margaret George, Carol Wensby-Scott, Anya Seton, Diana Gabaldon, Anne Rice, Stephen King (his older novels), John Sandford, Tami Hoag, Greg Iles, Robin Hobb, Guy Gavriel Kay, and George RR Martin, whom I've had the pleasure to meet in February 2006 at Boskone. His series "A Song of Ice and Fire" incorporates the best of my four favourite genres.

My favourite television shows include The Walking Dead, Ghosthunters, Lost, Grey's Anatomy, CSI (the original), 24, Survivor and The X-Files. I love shows and movies that are engaging, intriguing and unpredictable.

In addition to birdwatching and photography, gardening is another new hobby I have taken up. I never thought I'd enjoy any of these activities until we bought our first house in 2003 and I decided to put up a birdfeeder in the backyard to see what species would visit. The birds that visited my yard enchanted me, so I decided to plant shrubs and flowers to attract more birds. Then I started hiking on the nature trails nearby to look for new species of birds and eventually became interested in all aspects of nature. And thus began a fascinating journey of discovery, a journey which is still continuing today.

What will future interests include? While I don't have the answer to that right now, I do love learning new things, and I'm sure there will be a new interest or hobby just over the horizon.

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Scarlet Sage, Snapdragon, Yellow Columbine, Ladybug on Viburnum leaf, Browallia, Japanese Fan Columbine