Le Marais de Touraine Revisited: December 2021

I last visited this area, which is not far from central Gatineau Québec, in August 2020.

It looked quite different today.

“Marais” means “marsh”. After a day of rain yesterday, temperatures plummeted overnight to about – 10 degrees this morning and the trail was dangerously icy.

Having foolishly left my ice grippers in Toronto, I walked as slowly and cautiously as possible to avoid a tumble which might injure me or my camera.

The only bird was a crow high in the sky.

American Crow

Some botany:

Yellow Birch (Betula allegheniensis)
Hop-hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
Balsam Poplar (Populus balsamifra)
White Pine (Pinus strobus)
American Beech (Fagus grandifolia)
Sugar Maple (Acer sacharum)
Red Ash (Fraxinus pensylvanica)
Basswood (Tilia americana)
White Birch (Betula papyrifera)
Black Alder (Alnus glutinosa)
Black Alder (Alnus glutinosa)
Cat-tail (Typha)
Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
Cat-tail (Typha)
Basswood (Tilia americana)
Great Burdock (Arctium lappa)
Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare)
Basswood seeds (Tilia americana)
Hop-hornbeam seeds (Ostrya virginiana)
Hop-hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
Basswood (Tilia americana)
Hop-hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
White Pine (Pinus strobus)
White Pine cone (Pinus strobus)
Trembling Aspen (Populus tremuloides)
Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Sugar Maple dust lichen
Linden (Tilia cordata)
American Beech (Fagus grandifolia)


Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,
Arrives the snow, and, driving o’er the fields,
Seems nowhere to alight: the whited air
Hides hills and woods, the river, and the heaven,
And veils the farm-house at the garden’s end.
The sled and traveller stopped, the courier’s feet
Delayed, all friends shut out, the housemates sit
Around the radiant fireplace, enclosed
In a tumultuous privacy of storm.  – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Miles Hearn

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