The Next Hike

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Next Hike

The next hike will be on Saturday, 24th December, Christmas Eve.
We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.

I have a photo this week that is quite appropriate for the holiday season.  In Europe there is the old Christmas tradition of kissing beneath a sprig of the native mistletoe plant and my photo is of a north american relative of that plant.  In both cases the plants are parasites that grow from seeds that get stuck on the branches of suitable kinds of trees, in Europe quite often apple trees and here on Texada the host is usually one of our native conifers.  My photo is of a mistletoe growing on the thin branches of a Jack or Shore Pine, Pinus contorta. 

The fairly common parasitic plant Mistletoe growing in the branches of a pine tree.

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