Welcome to ‘The Nature of the Hills’
“The Hills” are the Swan Hills at the geographic centre of Alberta, an area of high elevation and foothills ecology with mixed wood and boreal forests.
I am by no means an expert. If you are looking for positive identification, please verify with other sources and if you find that I am mistaken, I would really like to know and I will be happy to correct my identification with your help.
When I can, I like to look into the potential and historical uses of nature as well as the global legends surrounding them, and there may be the odd personal or shared anecdote included when it relates to the specific species.
To learn about the nature around me, I use all the resources at my disposal including many books and online resources, which I will link to as far as I am able. You will also find links to websites I have found helpful in the sidebar.
To see what species I have so far included in this site, go to the index (also at the top right hand side of any page), or choose a category in the sidebar.
The Swan Hills region is circled in the above image from Alberta Environment. Click to enlarge. For a personal description and to see my landscape and other images of the area, go to my Swan Hills collection here. There’s a good map at this link for Arnica Cordifolia that, although illustrating the single record of this plant listed in this particular database (CPNWH), is a good graphic to illustrate to how the foothills type geography of Swan Hills compares with the broader landscape.
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings; nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine into flowers; the winds will blow their freshness into you and the storms their energy, and cares will drop off like autumn leaves. ” John Muir