Category Archives: Nature

Celebrating nature in Eastern Ontario

Foley Mountain Trees

The Foley Mountain Conservation Area, overlooking Westport, is one of my special places, as it is for so many who visit there. Many of the trees there are landmarks for us, friends which have inspired us for forty years. Yesterday … Continue reading

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Tableland 2

Today, however, when I reached the part of the trail where I had been stopped, I could follow on until I came to a very different, more pastoral landscape. Here I crossed among rolling hills and strode down into groves, … Continue reading

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The Table Land

On a bitter, wintry day I walked up onto the Tableland to have a look at the beginnings of things. Any day now, the snow would come. Already there was a dusting in crevices and on a few dark green … Continue reading

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Witch Hazel

At a time when none of autumn’s brightness remains, I’m loving our witch hazel. Although it’s only a common hamamelis virgininiana, this five foot shrub has history for me. The haunting, pure fragrance, unlike any other, has meant late autumn … Continue reading

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Autumn’s Last Colour

Gradually, swiftly, we’ve watched the leaves flocking down, scattering mounds of yellow through the forest. Now, as we head towards November, nearly all autumn’s bonfires have drained, leaving the remaining scatterings of colour all the more precious. Only the occasional … Continue reading

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