Got John Denver running through my mind today. These were all taken on a rainy day, either still raining or just after the rain.
Monday, July 27, 2015
Driving up the Bruce Peninsula the other day, we encountered the poisonous plant Wild Parsnip for the first time. It's an invasive species, and it seems to be spreading like mad. I had never even seen it before. It can give very serious burns if you touch it, so you should learn to recognize it.
The best antidote is to wash the area with soap quickly, and cover up the skin so it is not exposed to light. But of course it's a lot better to learn to recognize it and avoid it. It's especially important to protect children from this plant!
Sunday, July 26, 2015
We continue to get assorted butterflies stopping in the garden, sometimes staying still for long enough that I can get a picture.
Saturday, July 25, 2015
A week or so after that last Bruce Trail hike, we headed east to find the Singhampton Caves. I've been meaning to get here for 3 or 4 years, and was glad to finally see them. It was a short side trail of the Bruce Trail, but it was spectacular!
I expect that these ferns are mostly Bulblet Fern, which grows right out of the limestone.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
After hiking through the big mossy boulders along the Avalanche Pass Side Trail, as I described in yesterday's post, we rejoined the main Silent Valley Trail and took a short detour to check out the old Wilson Homestead.
We also saw a couple of long stretches of old stone fencerows now buried deep in the woods.
Monday, July 20, 2015
A couple of weeks ago I went exploring the Bruce Trail's Silent Valley property with a friend. It's been on my list for a couple of years, but I discovered an actual booklet on it at the Grey Roots Museum 3 weeks back, and after reading the story was anxious to try out the trails. It's located a short distance north and a bit west of the village of Walter's Falls.
The main Bruce Trail goes through the property, but they have also laid out two looping side trails. We followed the Avalanche Pass Side Trail, which curves up through the talus slope below the Niagara Escarpment cliffs.