Mount Albert, Ontario: April 3, 2020

With rain in the forecast for this afternoon, I headed north very early this morning to visit the York Region Forest and then visit Mount Albert:

Trail views:

Horse hoof track
Red Pines

I heard Blue Jay, Crow, Brown Creeper, Robin and saw this Chickadee:

Black-capped Chickadee

Some Botany:

Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)
Intermediate Wood Fern
Intermediate Wood Fern
Norway Spruce (Picea abies)
Norway Spruce cone (Picea abies)
White Pine cone (Pinus strobus)
Red Pine (Pinus resinosa)
Red Pine cone (Pinus resinosa)
Red Pine trunk with about 45 rings
Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)
Beech leaves
Basswood (Tilia americana)
Crown Gall on Red Pine
Hop-hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)
Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)
Red Elderberry (Sambucus racemosum)

One of the first flowering plants in the forest is the Hazel shrub. The female flowers are in tiny clusters with the ovaries concealed by the bud scales from which only the vivid crimson styles emerge:

Beaked Hazel (Corylus cornuta)
Beaked Hazel (Corylus cornuta)
Beaked Hazel (Corylus cornuta)
Beaked Hazel (Corylus cornuta)

The main street of Mount Albert is located on a steep hill:

just outside of Mount Albert
former church
United Church


The warring hosts of Winter and of Spring
are hurtling o’er the plains.
All night I heard their battle-clarions ring
And jar the window panes.                         – Christopher Pearse Cranch (1813–92)

Miles Hearn

3 thoughts on “Mount Albert, Ontario: April 3, 2020

  1. Judith weatherhead

    Miles, thank you so much for those beautiful photos..- and the poem.

    I read Robert Browning’s poem “Oh To be in England” the other day…do you know it? Think you’d like it.

    Stay safe,

  2. Lisa Volkov

    Miles, you’ve done it again!
    I hope nobody minds that I comment so much. It’s simply that I am so grateful for this. I love nature, it’s so important for me to experience nature, and we are now so restricted, necessarily so, I realize. Since I don’t drive/have a car and have to rely on transit, which I dare not use right now, I am very limited in where I can go, even briefly, and staying at a social distance, of course. So, this is so special–to be able to follow spring unfolding in this way, and I am so grateful to Miles for sharing his (safe) excursions. It helps me get through these days of necessary restriction.
    Miles, you are going for so many of us. Thanks!

  3. Keith Leigh

    Thanks for the great photos of spring in Southern Ontario it is very calming in these unprecedented time


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