Apsley, Ontario and Silent Lake Park: May 2020

Apsley, in North Kawartha, is named after Apsley House, the London, England home of the Duke of Wellington.

United Church
Anglican Church

Arnie Brown, born in 1942, played for 6 different NHL teams between 1963 and 1974. He was rated as #93 in the 100 greatest New York Ranger players.

Just up the road from Apsley is Silent Lake Park. Motor boats are not permitted on the lake and, perhaps, this is where the name comes from.

Pileated Woodpecker drilling

Though many birds were present and singing, the thick forest canopy made it almost impossible to capture images of them. I got these photos of a distant raven:

Common Raven
Common Raven

Because of the shade, many fern species grow here:

Cinnamon Fern
Sensitive Fern
Lady Fern
Long Beech Fern
Christmas Fern
Oak Fern
Wood Fern fiddlehead

All of this shade and some large wetland areas meant that I was continually surrounded by non-socially-distancing mosquitos. They did their best to penetrate through my clothing and my layer of insect repellent with some success!

Here are some of the plants I found:

Red Trillium (Trillium erectum)
Graceful Sedge
Graceful Sedge
Fibrous-rooted Sedge
Rock Bushy Lichen
Shining Clubmoss
Shining Clubmoss
Tree Clubmoss
Balsam Fir (Abies balsamifera)
Spring Cress (Cardamine bulbosa)
Hobble-bush (Viburnum alnifolium)
Rattlesnake Root (Prenathes alba)
Striped Maple (Acer pensylvanicum)
Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia)
Meadowsweet (Spirea alba)
Fluffy Dust Lichen
Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)
Cursed Crowsfoot (Ranunculus sceleratus)
Bluebead (Clintonia borealis)
last year’s seeds of Speckled Alder (Alnus incana)
Large-leaved Aster (Eurybia macrophylla)
Canada Mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)
Sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)
Red Maple (Acer rubrum)
Wintergreen (Chimaphila maculata)
Red Oak (Quercus rubra)
Huckleberry (Gaylussacia baccata)
Low Sweet Blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium)


Come rambling awhile through this exquisite weather
Of days that are fleet to pass,
When the stem of the willow shoots out a green feather,
And buttercups burn in the grass!                                      – Edgar Fawcett (1847–1904)

Miles Hearn

4 thoughts on “Apsley, Ontario and Silent Lake Park: May 2020

  1. George

    I am no expert on tree ID but that Balsam Fir looks more like Hemlock to me as the leaves have what appear to be little stalks. Am I seeing things?

  2. Deborahwingate

    Wow you are travelling afar these days

    We have cottaged many years in the Apsley area next time you are there you must visit The Gut a conservation with a rocky stream and wild orchids. . Sadly the rental cottage we have been going to on Methuen lake is not happening this year. I wish for a lake in my backyard.


  3. Lisa Volkov

    Ahhhh–the Kawarthas! But yes, ahhhh–the mosquitoes, among other things! What creature was that statue meant to depict–a Bigfoot? In the Kawarthas? Must be the only one…
    Beautiful! Thanks again, Miles!


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