Sunderland, Ontario & More Beaver River Trail: 2nd week of April, 2020

I have spent many hours over several days on the Beaver River Wetlands Trail and have yet to encounter another human being. There are many Grackles however:

Common Grackles

I also saw these Trumpeter Swans and heard my first Swamp Sparrow of the spring.

Trumpeter Swans

Trail views:

Cat-tails (Typha)
Beaver River

Some botany:

Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago)
Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)
Alternate-leaved Dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)
White Pine (Pinus strobus)
White Birch (Betula papyrifera)
Speckled Alder (Alnus incana)
Phragmites (Phragmites australis)
Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii
Speckled Alder (Alnus incana)
Red Raspberry (Rubus strigosus)
Red Osier (Cornus sericea)
White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis)
Slender Willow (Salix petiolaris)


Historical Society
Town Hall
former church
United Church
Baptist Church
Masonic Lodge


Shallow Things to Consider©

By Linda S. Smith (Facebok: Al-Linda Smith)

There are things to consider as the world reels in crisis

Oh, the frivolous things which beguile and entice us

No trips to Tim Hortons – No restaurant meal

No shopping at will – whenever we feel

And have you considered – as we’re home day by day

Our roots are still growing – revealing the gray

Our nails too will grow – no salon nails to show

We’ll start biting our nails – as the ugly stubs grow

There’s no bedding plants – cos the stores are all closed

No petunias, impatiens – no vines and no rose

So I’m just planting seeds – like it’s something unknown

Before we got spoiled, planting flowers full-grown

I found some yeast too – so I’m now baking bread

Kneading ten minutes – like my grandmother did

If the virus goes on – Things may just get vile

I’ll have to mend, iron and sort old paper piles

1 thought on “Sunderland, Ontario & More Beaver River Trail: 2nd week of April, 2020

  1. Lisa Volkov

    What an interesting place! Thanks again, Miles.
    As to the poem–afraid to bite my nails. Washing them a lot!


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