A December Walk in the Don Valley: 2022

Hand warmers were necessary this morning as I took a walk near the Don River at Beechwood.

Hornet’s nest
Robin’s nest

Some botany:

Teasle (Dipsacus fullonum)
Trembling Aspen (Populus tremuloides)
White Spruce (Picea glauca)
Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa)
Queen Anne’s-lace (Daucus carota)
White Birch (Betula papyrifera)
Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor)
Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa)
Tansy (Tanecetum vulgare)
Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica)
Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)
Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)
Gray Dogwood (Cornus foemina)
Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)
Fragrant Sumac (Rhus aromatica)
Hop-hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
White Pine (Pinus strobus)
Siberian Elm (Ulmus pumila)
Spindletree (Euonymus europaea) also called Burning Bush
Highbush-cranberry (Viburnum opulus)
Silver Maple (Acer sachharinum)
Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)


We’ve seen wildlife photographers in camouflage. Get ready for the “Full Monty!” 😁


I love a life whose plot is simple,
And does not thicken with every pimple,
A soul so sound no sickly conscience binds it,
That makes the universe no worse than’t finds it.  – Henry David Thoreau (1817–62)

Miles Hearn

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