Fall at my Alberta Home – Aspen

Trembling Aspen Leaves
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Plant Profile
Common Name: Trembling (Quaking) Aspen
Scientific Name: Populus tremuloides

Trembling (aka Quaking) Aspen is the most widely distributed tree in North America, and is known for the distinctive rustling sound its leaves make in the breeze. It is also the preferred wood for that most Canadian of animals – the beaver. These industrious creatures use it as a food source and as the main structural wood in their dams and houses.

Trembling Aspen reproduces by root propagation. This creates clones of the original tree, which can produce pure stands covering a large area. The clones are considered as one individual so these colonies are some of the largest and oldest living organisms on the planet.
– Canadian Woodworking and Home Improvement –

We have a four or five stands of these trees on our property. Each stand has dozens and dozens of trees of various ages. This was an exceptionally good growing year for them because we did not have many aspen leaf roller caterpillars. Instead, there are dark spots on the leaves – perhaps a fungus of some kind. Aspen are susceptible to many insects and diseases, which is why mother nature gave them the ability to grow up fast to compensate for the fact they die relatively young.

Trembling Aspen – fighting for domination with the spruce trees
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Trembling Aspen stand – no spruce trees to compete against
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18 thoughts on “Fall at my Alberta Home – Aspen

    1. Good question. As it stands right now, we are not allowed to drive to Arizona – but we can fly there. Doesn’t look like we have to quarantine. So, we will be going down there, but not sure when.

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      1. Well, that makes no sense (wouldn’t driving be more “isolated” – unless you had to stay in a motel on the way, I guess). Surprised you don’t have to quarantine. The rules just keep changing!!! Good luck and stay safe.

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        1. If we drove we would spend two nights in a motel. I’m sure the motel industry would be happy if we did that. They are well set up to handle it, as we discovered when we drove home in May. We used take out services for all our meals, so all in all I don’t think we pose any risk. As for quarantine, it really doesn’t make any sense to mandate it – if the government and/or the people really believe that masking, hand santitizing and social distancing work.

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    1. Some years I like fall too. Some years, not so much. Last year we didn’t even get fall. It snowed at the end of September and that was the start of winter. This year it is a wonderful fall – what we used to call an Indian Summer… probably not a term that I should say in certain circles now…

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      1. I should have realized your Fall arrived earlier than ours Margy. Wow … September is early. And you get that severe hail you posted about. I never thought about that term not being PC now. We’ve all been using it for decades and yes, it might be problematic now.

        I guess you can’t get to Arizona now due to the closed border – I think you had to quarantine when you returned in the Spring – if memory serves me right you drove? I just looked and roughly 2,000 miles as I don’t know your point A or B. A fellow blogger wanted to visit her grandson in Colorado for his 5th birthday recently. Laurie and Bill live in Pennsylvania. They drove 2,000 miles each way as they did not want to get on a plane. The stats in the U.S. are so much worse than Canada as you know. Your PM is smart to restrict Americans from crossing over … it is very worrisome living here right now. I think you know I am a Canadian but have lived here on a green card since 1966.

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        1. Excellent memory, Linda! Odd thing – we can fly to AZ, but we can’t drive there. We don’t have to quarantine when we get to AZ either. The US deaths per million people are 8th highest in the world, but it really is like a whole bunch of individual countries. Some states had very high per capita death rates, and some very low!

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          1. Thank you Margy. Being a fellow Canadian, I read about your travels to the U.S. and back with interest. Now that is an interesting fact as to no quarantine once you arrive and that you can’t drive there – hopefully you’re fine with flying there/back. Well you are leaving Canada with under 10,000 deaths and coming to the U.S. with 210,000 + deaths. In Michigan we are nearing 7,000 deaths and the fact that people were going to kidnap/maybe kill our Governor for her strict restrictions during the pandemic makes me shake my head. Her strict rulings were overturned last Friday and now in two weeks we would have had no restrictions for anything, but the Michigan Department of Health has issued an edict today as to social distancing and mask wearing (thankfully).

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            1. I’m sure it is concerning for you all! Interesting how there is always a small element of society that wants to resort to violence – hence the riots in the past few months.
              I see that Michigan has nearly 10 million people and 7000 deaths. Quebec has 8 million people, and has had nearly 6000 deaths!
              Since Canada only has 11% of the population that the US has, if we had your population (and we were mostly all within 100 miles of the US border, like we are now), I would expect we would have nearly as many deaths as the US has!

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              1. The plan to kidnap/kill our Governor was pretty extreme, as is blowing up a bridge to divert the police’ attention while they kidnapped her, but occasionally I read the comments under news articles on Facebook or Twitter and am appalled to read the comments by people. I don’t know where it will end … not good I suspect. I know I heard 2X today about Canada’s stats rising but they never said where – that is not good news for Quebec!

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