There’s something so beguiling about beech; the leaves hang tenaciously to their branches in the understory, doing their little dance in the slightest breeze, glowing pale with the backlit sun.
After a too-long absence, we visited Gatineau Park this weekend for a spring hike. Considering how close we are to the park, it’s a shame we don’t make it out there more often. We weren’t the only ones enjoying the day – the trailhead was packed, and there were quite a few on the path; no complaints here – having others out appreciating nature is nothing but uplifting.
We parked at the P7 trailhead. It was 22 C out, the sun was hot, and the trail was dry except for a few pockets of snow and muck (fun for the kidlets). The forest was barely waking up – some buds on the trees, a few trout lily leaves appearing, and some great new birds for the year – Yellow-bellied sapsucker, Yellow-rumped warbler, and Pine warbler.
Over the next few days I’ll post some images from our jaunt in the woods, including a surprise at the end of the week!
Looking forward to spending more time in Gatineau over the next few months, and exploring more of the trails, in every season.
I will not let this mid-April snowstorm get me down. I. WILL. NOT.
I just won’t look out the windows, I won’t step outside, I won’t think of the poor tulip tips, or the shivering song sparrows.
I will focus on spring, and be reminded of what’s to come.
Taken in the boreal forest of Northern Manitoba, summer of 2006.
We were doing bird surveys in the Canadian shield, and the habitat was amazing – pine forests with moss underfoot, and huge exposed bedrock outcrops.
I found out I was pregnant with my first child the day before we headed out for a 3-month stint – I still have no idea how I hiked through the remote wilderness all day every day while in my first trimester. Must have been the little treasures like these glorious Yellow’s Lady Slippers that kept me going.