Claremont, Ontario: April 2, 2020

Another day of combining a nature walk with visiting a small town.

There is a wonderful and lengthy bicycle trail in north Pickering:

It is surrounded on all sides by farmer’s fields:

Other trail views:

Some botany:

Great Burdock (Arctium lappa)
Cherry (Prunus)
Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum)
Basswood (Tilia americana)
Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare)
dead White Ash
bench made from dead White Ash
Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)
Bitternut Hickory (Carya cordiformis)
Apple from last season
Apple (Malus)
Apples from last season
Highbush-cranberry (Viburnum opulus)
Pussy Willow (Salix discolor)
Wild-cucumber (Echinocystis lobata)

While on the trail I heard Red-bellied Woodpecker several times and had my first Cowbirds of the spring:


Other birds:

Song Sparrow
Blue Jay

When possible I drive on country roads and stopped to photograph these birds today:

American Kestrel
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

Claremont was the home of painter Tom Thomson whose work influenced the Group of Seven formed in 1919.

part of original public school
former church
Masonic Hall
Baptist Church
United Church

Just south of here, there is a dot on the map called Mount Zion. I discovered that it is a church surrounded by fields.

Mount Zion United Church


The season comes when, from her three-month’s trance,
The Earth awakens: already her deep heart
Begins to stir, and send its life abroad.     – Thomas Buchanan Read (1822–72)

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “Claremont, Ontario: April 2, 2020

  1. Rosemarie Fischer

    wow, how beautiful is this heron! thanks for all the nice nature pictures, how do you know all these places????? thanks for sharing your love of nature with us.
    Rosemarie Fischer

  2. Lisa Volkov

    How wonderful! Such blue skies (and building). Tom Thompson! Buds! Birds! Early flowers! It’s such a pleasure being able to follow all this through your lens. Keep up the good work! Stuck inside so much, restricted in where I can go, I’m so grateful to see this!


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