Crothers Woods on Macro Lens Day 4: March 2021

With rain predicted for later in the day, I headed to Crothers Woods in light morning fog to get some photos of its many forest trails and to collect a few twigs to take home for macro photography practice.


Some botany:

Riverbank Grape (Vitis riparia)
Riverbank Grape (Vitis riparia)
White Birch (Betula papyrifera)
White Oak (Quercus alba)
White Oak (Quercus alba)
Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)
Red Oak acorn
Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)

The only bird that I had was a Cooper’s Hawk giving its repeated rapid “kih kih kih.”

At home I set up a sort of work place and took these close-ups of twigs from the woods.

Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
Red Ash (Fraxinus pensylvanica)
Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)
Black Knot Gall on Choke Cherry
Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)
Riverbank Grape (Vitis riparia)
Beaked Hazel (Corylus cornuta)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
American Beech (Fagus grandifolia)
Hop-hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
Silver Maple (Acer sachharinum)
White Mulberry (Morus alba)
Fragrant Sumac (Rhus aromatica)


I had a very nice walk today down at Humber Bay. Saw hundreds of gulls crowded on huge sheets of ice chattering away to themselves. A few weeks ago, I was there and in addition to some chickadees which fed from my hand, a female cardinal also landed to feed. Her very red partner looked down but was certainly not brave enough! Today, I made sure someone took a photo.

photo: Susanne Aurfreiter


The little birds twitter and cheep
To their loves on the leafless larch.        – John Addington Symonds, Jr. (1840–1893) 

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “Crothers Woods on Macro Lens Day 4: March 2021

  1. Lisa Volkov

    Great photo, Susanne! I sure didn’t know that a Cardinal might come to someone’s hand, but why not?
    I love and miss Crothers Woods immensely, but I sure know how treacherous trails can be in early spring mud and ice. Once lost an ice cleat there, and found it again on another hike, stuck in the mud! Beautiful, though, and I remember seeing a Cooper’s Hawk there, too. Same one? Great photos of twigs! Loved the lichen close-up. Thanks, Miles!


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