Wilket Creek: February 2021

It was lovely to see this area covered with a fesh blanket of snow.

Cross Country ski tracks

I got very close to the creek to take this photo:

I then decided to see if the ice would take my weight so that I could take a photo from the centre of the creek.

Foolish as it turned out!

Some botany:

American Beech (Fagus grandifolia)
Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)
Willow (Salix)
Red Oak (Quercus rubra)
Basswood (Tilia americana)
Hop-hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
Red-osier (Cornus sericea)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)
White Birch (Betula papyrifera)
Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

White Pine does not have a pyramidical silhouette:

White Pine (Pinus strubus)

In Norway Spruce, the foliage hangs down from individual branches:

Norway Spruce (Picea abies)

In White Spruce, it does not:

White Spruce (Picea glauca)

At the nearby bird feeder:

Hairy Woodpecker (female)
Mourning Dove
White-breasted Nuthatch
Downy Woodpecker (male)
Black Squirrel

Blue sky and white snow, gave everything a blue tintL

Northern Cardinal (female)
Dark-eyed Junco (male)
Northern Cardinal (female) and European Starling
European Starling
European Starling

NATURE POETRY

Good morrow, Benedick. Why, what’s the matter,
That you have such a February face,
So full of frost, of storm and cloudiness?”  – William Shakespeare (1564-1616), Much Ado About Nothing

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “Wilket Creek: February 2021

  1. Lisa Volkov

    This is a wonderful place. Glad you didn’t fall through the ice, Miles. Happy to see the birds enjoying a meal!
    Thanks, Miles!

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