Sharon, Ontario and Rogers Reservoir: Late May 2020

In 1812, David Willson, son of an Irish immigrant from New York, settled in what is now the village of Sharon. Willson was a Quaker minister who broke away to form his own religious sect, which he called the Children of Peace. Willson and his followers built a temple called the Temple of Sharon, which has no architectural equal in the world.

Sharon Temple
Sharon Temple
Sharon Temple

More images of Sharon:

former church
United Church
Anglican Church
former Temperance Hall

In my years as a musician, I performed in many summer concerts at the Sharon Temple and often explored the area on the Holland River called “Rogers Reservoir” between rehearsals and concerts.

If it were closer to Toronto, I would schedule TDSB walks here as it has forest, field, wetland and stream habitat.

Ash logs cut after Emerald Ash Borer infestation

There is much botanical activity these days:

 chicken of the woods
Cherry (Prunus)
Dame’s Rocket (Hesperis matronalis)
Dame’s Rocket (Hesperis matronalis)
Celandine (Chelidonium majus)
Apple (Malus)
Doll’s-eyes (Actaea)
Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)
Black Currant (Ribes nigra)
Norway Spruce (Picea abies)
Timothy in flower (Phleum pratense)
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

Birds that I was able to photograph:

Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Warbling Vireo
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe
House Wren
Common Yellowthroat (male)
Common Yellowthroat (male)
Brown-headed Cowbirds
Brown-headed Cowbirds imitating “Abbey Road” Beatles album cover
American Redstart (male)
American Redstart (male)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male)
Wild Turkeys
Wild Turkeys
Turkey Vulture with chicks
Turkey Vultures with Wild Turkey
Gray Catbird

NATURE POETRY

My lilac trees are old and tall;
I cannot reach their bloom at all.
They send their perfume over trees
And roofs and streets, to find the bees.     – Louise Driscoll (1875–1957)

Miles Hearn

3 thoughts on “Sharon, Ontario and Rogers Reservoir: Late May 2020

  1. Lisa Volkov

    What a beautiful place. Fascinating architecture! And of course, delightful birds and lovely plants. That Abbey Road scene was a hoot (not owls, but…) Thanks again, Miles!

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