Robert (Bob) Lorne Hunter (October 13, 1941 – May 2, 2005) was a Canadian environmentalist, journalist, author and politician. He was the first president of Greenpeace and was a leading voice in the ecology movement of the 1970’s.
The Memorial Park is located just outside Markham and has many trails.
Last week I saw many White Trilliums in flower;
Red (sometimes called purple) Trilliums are never as abundant. They are usually found in rich, even swampy, deciduous forests.
Its foul smell attracts carrion flies that act as pollinators.
I will identify it at the end of the post.
The real clue here is the Cat-tail. In addition, the bird shows a reddish cap, an outlined white throat and a reddish wing patch: a Swamp Sparrow.
Female mallard lays eggs on balcony
O! my heart now feels so cheerful as I go with footsteps light
In the daily toil of my dear home;
And I’ll tell you the secret that now makes my life so bright—
There’s a flower at my window in full bloom. – Lucian B. Watkins
I had to mute the sound of the Mailbox contribution because I have an opera stream on right now. What is going to be done with that duck and eggs (and ducklings?) I wondered? Are they close to a body of water? Was it because there wasn’t one that she landed there? Incredible. I hope it wasn’t a case of duck-napping for “likes”. I suppose wildlife people can be called in to help at some point.
I love the colours (and sights) of dawn in your pictures, Miles. And how wonderful to see botanicals “in the wild”! I managed to find three (white) Trilliums in someone’s garden. I am enjoying the beautiful gardens in neighbourhoods right now, so I certainly appreciated the sentiment expressed in the poem. And the birds, here–yet another variety of sparrow!! Thanks, Miles!