When I first started leading walks for the TDSB in 2005, I had never heard of Lambton Woods. It was recommended to me by one of the walkers that year, and I drove out to have a look. Three words come to mind: Perfect, Perfect, Perfect.
Lambton is one of the best places in Toronto to see birds in winter.
Here is how it looked on February 20, 2019:
and here is how it looked on this glorious day in June 2020:
Birds are the stars here in winter:
and I did spot some ducklings this morning:
but it is the wildflowers and other botany which captured my attention in June:
Our seasons have no fixed returns,
Without our will they come and go;
At noon our sudden summer burns,
Ere sunset all is snow. – James Russell Lowell (1819–91)
Glorious, of course. In both seasons!
How wonderful this past winter seems to me now. To think I was yearning for spring, little imagining…but you are sharing spring in these places and others, with the rest of us, for which I can’t thank you enough, Miles!