Seems strange to be writing about the arrival of spring as yesterday’s heat made it feel like we are already well into summer. But the cooler air has returned today. A good thing, in my opinion, as spring is one of my favourite times to roam.
Which is exactly what I did a few weeks ago. My roaming choice was a section of the Bruce Trail not far from our place in Leith. Located at the intersection of the 6th Concession North and Sideroad 22, the Sydenham Forest East Loop is a trail owned and managed by the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority and a private owner. It is a relatively short hike (I can usually be back to my car in less than an hour) but the thing I love most about it is how it changes dramatically depending on the season.
Upon arrival, I met the only other people I would see that day exiting the trail. From here on, I would be alone to roam this beautiful piece of land. And that’s exactly what I did. With camera gear in hand, I let the sounds and sights lead me (I think some people call this “forest bathing”). And the sights did not disappoint.
The first thing I noticed were the huge numbers of Trilliums. They were everywhere.
Lots of young white ones. But quite a few red ones peaking out here and there, too.
There were also a few aging pink ones being used as homes by various spiders and insects.
Along with the huge swaths of Trilliums, there were also lots of Trout Lillies.
After these two, the varieties got much harder to find. But I enjoyed the challenge of locating other new life, the names of which I do not know.
And, of course, the beautiful trees with their fresh buds were also captivating.
The ability of some of the trees to survive and thrive in these rocky crevices is amazing.
As is the feeling of being one with the forest.
Pardon the look on my face. I wasn’t as grumpy as I look:).
I am very thankful for the numerous, wonderful hikes we have all around our area.
Here’s hoping you also have a chance to get outside and enjoy them.
All images are property of John Fearnall/Good Noise