This morning I took a walk through a tiny little nature reserve very close to my house. Half of it is wooded and the other half is a field. The woods are right along the shores of Lake Ontario, and are a protected bit of private land. It's a haven for birdwatchers and for anyone looking for wildflowers (such as me!). I was first greeted with the beautiful Baltimore Oriole as he sang his sharp clear song as we stepped into the woods. They sound quite similar to the American Robin, but with a louder and clearer note. These woods are beautiful because they are just left to evolve on their own. The only work that is done is to maintain the pathways by clearing them of fallen trees etc. There are quite a few tall white pines in the forest, along with the stumps from logging days. Lots of heavy vines cover some of the trees making it very attractive for nesting birds.
I'm not so good at identifying wildflowers, so there are a few here for which I don't know the name. Also, even though there seem to be wildflowers blooming everywhere at the moment ... very little is blooming here. I've taken photos of the plants I saw today, but many of them weren't in flower just yet. I did find this great website for Ontario Wildflowers if you're interested. Lots of photos and descriptions to help identify plants. I should point out also that you were forbidden from leaving the path in this sensitive area, so I couldn't get right up to some of the plants. I actually used a zoom lens to get in close enough to show you (not the best for close ups!).
I'm just going to let the pictures do the talking now. I hope you enjoy them! I'm linking up today with Soma of Whims and Fancies and her Wandering Camera.
|the tiny May Apple|
|and more ferns!|
|an old puffball?|
|White Trilliums ... Ontario's Provincial Flower|
|White Trillium still in bud|
|Sign as you enter the field|
|Sign as you enter the woods|