Kissing Bridge Trailway: December 2021

The Kissing Bridge Trailway is a 45 km rail trail that runs between Guelph and Millbank. I joined it for a few kilometres just west of Elmira.

The only birdlife was a Chickadee harvesting Wild-cucumber and a few distant raven screams. The botany, as always, was fascinating and I enjoyed trying to get sharp photos in dimlight.

Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)
Great Burdock (Arctium lappa)
Evidence of Emerald Ash Borer
Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)
Polypores
Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)
Wild-cucumber (Echinocystis lobata)
Scotch Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
Evidence of Emerald Ash Borer
Red Ash (Fraxinus pensylvanica)
Wild-cucumber (Echinocystis lobata)
Wild-cucumber (Echinocystis lobata)
Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa)
Sunburst Lichen
Trembling Aspen (Populus tremuloides)
Hop-hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
Red-osier (Cornus sericea)
Wild-cucumber (Echinocystis lobata)
Sunburst Lichen
Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)
Red Ash (Fraxinus pensylvanica)

NATURE POETRY

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.                           – Robert Frost (1874–1963)

Miles Hearn

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