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St. James Cemetery, Toronto: March 20, 2020

On March 20, the weather forecast was predicting regular showers and high winds so I decided to wait for a dry hour and visit nearby St. James Cemetery. I know that my maternal great grandparents are buried there and wanted to combine a search for their grave with a look at late March nature in the grounds.

There were many robins who are increasing in numbers as Spring arrives:

American Robin
American Robin
American Robin

As the robins arrive, juncos, who spend the winter with us, are starting to head north. Juncos breed in mixed and coniferous woods.

Dark-eyed Junco
Dark-eyed Junco
Dark-eyed Junco

Witch-hazel and Red Maple are already in bloom here:

Witch-hazel (Hamamelis)
Red Maple (Acer rubrum)

Other botany:

White Spruce cones
White Spruce cones with larger Colorado Spruce cone
White Spruce (Picea glauca)
White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis)
Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum)
White Spruce (Picea glauca)
Red Oak acorns
Red Oak acorns
Periwinkle (Vinca minor)
Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)
Sycamore Maple (Acer pseudoplatanus)
White Pine cones (Pinus strobus)
Red Pine (Pinus resinosa)
Dawn Redwood ((Metasequoia glyptostroboides)
London Plane (Platanus hybrida)

Cemetery scenes:

I did find the grave of Archibald and Florence. Archibald was a member of the tenor section of the original Toronto Mendelssohn Choir in 1895. I am a member of the bass section of the current choir.


When music sounds, gone is the earth I know,
And all her lovely things even lovelier grow;
Her flowers in vision flame, her forest trees
Lift burdened branches, stilled with ecstasies. William de la Mare

Miles Hearn