A Walk Near Sonya Ontario: February 2021

Some years ago, a friend of mine lived for a time in a deconsecrated church in Sonya Ontario which is about an hour northeast of Toronto. Though he invited me to visit, I never found time to go. Today I went up to have a look and take a walk in the nearby woods.

Other buildings and scenes in the area:

former school house
Church in hamlet of Salem
Church in hamlet of Salem

Some botany:

Sunburst Lichen
White Birch (Betula papyrifera)
Virgin’s-bower (Clematis virginiana)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Willow Pine Cone Gall
Balsam Poplar (Populus balsamifera)
Mullein (Verbascum thapsis)
White Birch (Betula papyrifera)
Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)
Evening Primrose (Oenothera)
Panicled Aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum)
Cat-tail (Typha)
Speckled Alder (Alnus incana)
Basswood (Tilia americana)
Basswood (Tilia americana)
Tamarack (Larix laricina)
Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea)


“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.” – Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “A Walk Near Sonya Ontario: February 2021

  1. Lisa Volkov

    I’ve never even heard of this place, much less been to it. I love the old buildings still found in small towns, especially the churches. The pictures are beautiful, as are the botanical details, like wonderful pieces of natural art, that you show us. Thanks, Miles!


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