Lake Simcoe Skyline and a Winter Swamp: January 2022

As it was the first sunny day in some time, I drove north to have a look at the Toronto Field Naturalist property just north of Leaskdale. Much of this rugged land is a Red Maple swamp.

trail marker on Tamarack
Balsam Fir needles in ice

Some botany:

Apple (Malus)
White Spruce (Picea glauca)
Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)
Chicory (Cichorium intybus)
Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)
Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
Cat-tail (Typha)
Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadense)
Balsam Poplar (Populus balsamifra)
Yellow Birch (Betula allegheniensis)
Virgin’s-bower (Clematis virginiana)
Highbush-cranberry (Viburnum opulus)
White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis)
Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea)

Still in the mood to explore, I drove the 20 minutes or so north to Lake Simcoe:

Purple Martin house
“Pancake” Ice


Saw this catalpa tree at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. At first glance from a distance it looked like the tree may be getting too much fibre. As I got closer I saw it was being used as a squirrel silo.


Should old acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
And old lang syne? (times gone by; the old days)  – Robert Burns (1759-96)

Miles Hearn

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