An Unusual Beach in Mississauga: December 2020

I enjoy exploring the green areas on my map:

Today it was Lakeside Park:

A few days ago, I visited the cobble beach at Rattray Marsh:

Today’s beach looked somewhat similar with one big difference: the colour of the stones:

What makes this cobble beach unique? After some research, I discovered that the high bank on the shoreline at the east end of the park contains buried clay pipes, remnants of the National Sewer Pipe Company which operated here from 1955 to 1980.

The red terra cotta pipes are exposed as the shoreline and banks erodes. The pipes that fall into the water are rubbed against other pipes and rocks and are weathered by the waves resulting in flat clay cobbles. The cobbles are mixed with natural shale shingles eroded from the bottom of the lake:

Other sights:

Hornet’s nest

Some birds:

American Goldfinch
European Starling
European Starling
European Starling
Hairy Woodpecker (male)
Hairy Woodpecker (male)
American Tree Sparrow

Some botany:

Norway Maple (Acer platanoides)
Red Ash (Fraxinus pensylvanica)
Red-osier (Cornus sericea)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)
Butternut (Juglans cinerea)
Snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus)
Basswood (Tilia americana)
Bittersweet Nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)
Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)
Queen-Anne’s-lace (Daucus carota)
Northern Catalpa (Catalpa speciosa)
Spindletree (Euonymus europaea)
Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)
Ohio Buckeye (Aesculus glabra)
Goldenrod gall with woodpecker drilling
Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
Riverbank Grape (Vitis riparia)
Evening-primrose (Oenothera)
Cat-tails (Typha)
Cottonwood (Populus deltoides)


The hills look gaunt in russet garb:
Against the sky the leafless woods
Are dark, and in their solitudes
The chill wind pierces like a barb.           – Clinton Scollard (1833–70)

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “An Unusual Beach in Mississauga: December 2020

  1. Dilys Bowman

    I very much appreciate that your photos show us how, as the weather descends into the dark and cold of winter, trees (having already prepared for the winter) are making plans for next spring.


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