Seaton Trail north of Whitevale: July 2020

Whitevale in Pickering, is named after an early settler named Trueman White.

I visited it many times in my youth because my grandfather bought his bird seed in this building which was a mill and feed store:

former United now Orthodox church

Whitevale has a large parking lot which is used by hikers heading south on the Seaton Trail.

The trail heading north is a little more difficult to find and less well-marked.

Here are some scenes from it:

Some botany:

Common Comfrey (Symphytum officinale)
Common Comfrey (Symphytum officinale)
Evening-primrose (Oenothera)
White Sweet-clover (Melilotus alba)
Birdfoot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatis)
Chicory (Cichorium intybus)
White Avens (Geum canadense)
Tall Meadow-rue (Thalictrum pubescens)
Alternate-leaved Dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)
Black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)
Tartarian Honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica )
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Viper’s Bugloss (Echium vulgare)
Thyme (Thymus pulegioides)
Thyme (Thymus pulegioides)
Hairy Beardtongue (Penstemon hirsutus)
Hairy Beardtongue (Penstemon hirsutus)
Hairy Beardtongue (Penstemon hirsutus)
Hairy Beardtongue (Penstemon hirsutus)
White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis)
Scotch Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)
Creeping Bellflower (Campanula rapunculoides)
Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
White Baneberry (Actaea pachypoda)
Wild-bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)
Late Goldenrod (Solidago gigantea)

Other life:

Carolina Grasshopper
Cabbage White Butterfly
Barn Swall
Field Sparrow
Amber Snail


I celebrate myself, and what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.
I loafe and invite my soul,
I lean and loafe at my ease . . .observing a spear of summer grass.     – Walt Whitman

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “Seaton Trail north of Whitevale: July 2020

  1. Lisa Volkov

    I love old buildings. I love to see beautiful new places. Wonderful pictures of plants, bugs and birds. As your interesting self-portrait demonstrates, we wouldn’t have the shadow without also having the sun. Thanks, Miles!


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