December Contrasted With August at a Québec Marsh

In August nature is green and full of life.

In December, just about everything has prepared itself for the long winter ahead.

Here are photos from Le Marais de Touraine near Gatineau Québec from both August and December.

Other December photos:

Trail closed due to flood risk

Some botany:

Staghorn Sumac
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Canada Goldenrod
Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadense)
Purple-flowering Raspberry
Purple-flowering Raspberry (Rubus odoratus)
Calico Aster
Calico Aster (Symphyotrichum lateriflorum)
Tartarian Honeysuckle
Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii)
Chicory (Cichorium intybus)
Amur Maple
Amur Maple (Acer maackii)


With March comes in the pleasant spring,
When little birds begin to sing;
To build their nests, to hatch their brood.
With tender care provide them food.

And summer comes with verdant June;
The flowers then are in full bloom,
All nature smiles, the fields look gay;
The weather’s fine to make the hay.

September comes; the golden corn
By many busy hands is shorn;
Autumn’s ripe fruits, an ample store,
Are gathered in for rich and poor.

Winter’s cold frost and northern blast —
This is the season that comes last
The snow has come, the sleigh-bells ring,
And merry boys rejoice and sing. -unknown poet

Miles Hearn

3 thoughts on “December Contrasted With August at a Québec Marsh

  1. Catherine Gautry

    Beautiful pictures showing the contrast between two seasons! Thank you, Miles. Be careful on those icy paths!

  2. Lisa Volkov

    Thankfully, winter has its own special kind of beauty. Not so much in the city, perhaps, when things are grey and dirty, but when the snow falls freshly, and in parks and natural places, winter can still be beautiful.


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