Moccasin Trail Park: Late January 2021

After a week with the long, rented lens, I headed out into a snowy urban woodland in -10 temperature with my usual camera.

Moccasin Trail Park lies just west of the Don Valley Parkway south of Lawrence:

Woodpecker or Screech Owl hole

After a week of visiting places where I knew that there would be much wildlife, there were no birds here and not even a squirrel.

Some botany:

White Pine (Pinus strobus)
Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)
Red Oak (Quercus rubra)
Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Phragmites (Phragmites australis)
Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
Riverbank Grape (Vitis riparia)
Horse-chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)
Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)
Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)
Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)
Bitternut Hickory (Carya cordiformis)
Hop-hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
White Ash (Fraxinus americana)
Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)
Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)
Common Burdock (Arctium minus)
Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa)
Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa)
White Spruce (Picea glauca)


When I see birches bend to left and right
Across the lines of straighter darker trees,
I like to think some boy’s been swinging them.
But swinging doesn’t bend them down to stay. – Robert Frost

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “Moccasin Trail Park: Late January 2021

  1. Lisa Volkov

    I believe I may know this beautiful place–wonderful botany detail! Works of art, both botany detail and pictures. Thanks, Miles!


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