Stouffville, Ontario: April 6, 2020

It is getting more difficult to find natural spaces to visit in the current health disaster.

I decided to revisit the Eldred King Woodlands and look for the small stream here.

There is also a pond:

I found a Mallard bathing here:

Mallard (female)
Mallard (female)

Scenes on the trail:

Pileated Woodpecker drilling

Some botany:

White Elm (Ulmus americana)
Ground-hemlock (Taxus canadensis)
Beech (Fagus grandifolia)
Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)
Red Oak acorn
Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)
Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)
White Pines (Pinus strobus)
White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis)
Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea)
Duckweed (Lemna minor)
Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)
moss close-up
moss close-up
moss close-up

While I was in the park, a York Regional Forest official visited and put up these signs plus yellow police tape at every entrance to the forest:

Off I went to Stouffville:

Stouffville Christian Church
Public School
St. James Presbyterian
Stouffville United Church
Duffins Creek
Christian and Missionary Alliance


April is here! Blithest season of all the year;
The little brook laughs as it leaps away;
The lambs are out on the hills at play.     – Eben E. Rexford (1848–1916)

Miles Hearn

5 thoughts on “Stouffville, Ontario: April 6, 2020

  1. Judith weatherhead

    Beautiful photos- thank you Miles
    Whilst totally onboard with social distancing it seems strange to close places such as these. The natural world is healing and it is easier to remain at a distance in parks, woods, ravines etc – the roads and sidewalks become increasingly crowded.

  2. Lisa Volkov

    Yes, don’t risk your own health! When the weather gets warmer, it’s bound to get more crowded, because so many people are going out, not distancing enough–many younger people seem to think they’re immune, they aren’t–I understand people wanting to be out, I take small dog walks (once a day) so I don’t completely lose it, being very careful to keep physical distance, but yes, we all want to survive this, and I am older and want to survive, too! So yes, if things get too busy–we will certainly understand if you can’t do this anymore. Your safety, everyone’s safety, comes first!

    Meanwhile, this place, and the pictures, are beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Lisa Volkov

    I didn’t mean older than you, Miles, when I said “older”–hope I’m not putting my foot in my mouth (not advisable) even further–I meant “older” generally, as in demographic. Didn’t want anyone to misunderstand what I meant–let’s just say, I’m old enough (66)!


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