You cannot drive into Sunnybrook / Wilket Creek these days but you can walk or bicycle there.
While walking in the forest, I found one of the loveliest spring wildflowers
Trillium erectum has several common names: Red Trillium, Purple Trillium, Birthroot, Wake-robin and others. Its foul smell attracts carrion flies that act as pollinators. Early herbalists used this ill-smelling plant to treat gangrene, since, according to medical theory of the time, plants were used to cure the ailments they resembled.
There are many of signs of spring at Sunnybrook. Here are some of the plants:
Sunnybrook Stables, which was here for many years, burned down a few years ago. No attempt is being made to rebuild:
When God had made a host of them, One little flower still lacked a stem To hold its blossom blue; So into it He breathed a song, And suddenly, with petals strong As wings, away it flew. The Bluebird – John Bannister Tabb (1845–1909)
Two days ago I saw a snapping turtle crossing the path from the river to the wetland area in Sunnybrook.
The colourof the first leaves opening on many trees reminded me of Robert Frost’s poem, “Nature’s first green is gold”
Thank you Miles for continuing to send us your beautiful photographs.
Ahhhhh…another one of my favorite places! Such gorgeous pictures. Thank you so much, Miles!