Monday, August 16, 2010
On the far side of this narrow channel the river chatters among stones past the bar and on this side it makes a standing wave and swirls and slips over larger stones, chuckling around the emergent rocks just off the ledge where I sit in the shade of my large blue and white umbrella, painting the many colours of the river.
Dr. Reginald Webster, freelance entomologist working with the Canadian Forest Service, bends over one of the golden-mossed rocks, splashing river water over it to flush out tiny Staphylinid beetles which live in the mosses and crevices of the rock. When he examines them under the microscope he expects to find at least a new record for the province, if not one or two entirely new species.
Posted by Aleta Karstad at 8:28 PM