Manitoba Maple – beauty and bugs

photo credit By SriMesh (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or GFDL (, via Wikimedia Commons The Manitoba Maple (Acer Negundo), aka box elder, is found in yards and parks all over the Canadian prairies. It is a relatively fast growing softwood maple, valued for the shade provided by its wide spreading branches. Those sturdy, spreading … Continue reading Manitoba Maple – beauty and bugs

Maple bug lament

Boisea trivitatta - box elder bug - commonly known as maple bug in Saskatchewan They come marching into the house in fall. They can fly, but mostly I see them plodding up the walls, down the walls, across the ceiling, across the table, across the back of my hand. They are so light-footed that I … Continue reading Maple bug lament


Faithful readers of this blog will have noticed that I was absent for almost a week.  I want to sincerely thank everyone who continued to check out the posts on this blog, even while nothing new was being added. No, I did not leave home on an extended trip, but other things came up which … Continue reading Excuses