On March 20, the weather forecast was predicting regular showers and high winds so I decided to wait for a dry hour and visit nearby St. James Cemetery. I know that my maternal great grandparents are buried there and wanted to combine a search for their grave with a look at late March nature in the grounds.
There were many robins who are increasing in numbers as Spring arrives:
As the robins arrive, juncos, who spend the winter with us, are starting to head north. Juncos breed in mixed and coniferous woods.
Witch-hazel and Red Maple are already in bloom here:
I did find the grave of Archibald and Florence. Archibald was a member of the tenor section of the original Toronto Mendelssohn Choir in 1895. I am a member of the bass section of the current choir.
When music sounds, gone is the earth I know,
And all her lovely things even lovelier grow;
Her flowers in vision flame, her forest trees
Lift burdened branches, stilled with ecstasies. William de la Mare
It’s a beautiful place. Looks like you didn’t have a problem with social proximity when you went. Thank you–again!
Thank you for sharing such a beautiful personal visit.
thanks for sharing; there is beauty everywhere, and you find it! When I was a youngster, growing up in AACHEN, we had a special cemetery, Der Waldfriedhof, meaning forrest cemetery. It was so beautiful there, lots of birds, red squirrels, trees and plants. I will always remember, walking there.
Thank you Miles for sharing all these lovely trips. I feel as if spring is definitely on its way and it is a pleasure to look at all your photographs.