Last Tuesday when we were in Owen Sound to see the doctor we cheated a bit and detoured on our way home to drive down in the swamp. One of our PSWs who drives this road regularly to see a client had sent me a picture of a Great Blue Heron standing among the trees (which I had posted a week previously). So we drove down there to see if we could see it.
There was lots of standing water which is typical at this time of year. The Sydenham River, a favourite with local fishermen, flows through this swamp,
Lots of trees were fallen or falling over. It can take several years before a tree ends up hotizontal.
A few were already down, their roots torn out of the wet ground leaving a stump sticking up in the swamp, often sporting partial blankets of moss.
We drove down to the corner. No Heron but then we started noticing the lichens on the tree trunks. We drove slowly back north. Still no Heron, but plenty of lichens!
After our dusting of the white stuff overnight yesterday (which had all dissipated by noon), it's a partly sunny day and reasonably warmish out today. A good working day, so Mrs. F.G. is out there working at filling our new planters. Our gardener is also here, much appreciated for the heavier work he can do. He and his wife are the proud parents of a baby boy, one month old! A Happy Easter for them, and to all of you!