Monthly Archives: April 2014

Weekend Highlights

Some highlights from a spring weekend spent on the trails in South Ottawa: a rainy walk at Richmond Conservation Area, and a sunny jaunt at Beryl Gaffney Park. Two local spots that we love to explore, through every season, to see what we can see.

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Rideau Reflections

A back channel on the Rideau river, almost overflowing with spring meltwater

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bare branches overhead, almost bursting with budding leaves

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swirling, artistic impressions almost dancing on the water’s surface.

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Birch wall

I recently visited my newly-found, favourite birch grove again. I must have looked like a doofus, swaying back and forth, leaning a little this way, then that way, until I got into *just* the right awkward pose to create exactly what I was hoping for: a wall of birch, with no sky or ground showing, just glowing white trunks lined up in a row.

This makes me happy, which is weird, but that’s the way it goes.

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Meltwater

All that melting snow has to go somewhere! This babbling creek was a surprise discovery on a trail this weekend. I’m hoping to go back throughout the year and watch as the creek evolves with the changing seasons.

In the meantime, let’s all be mesmerized by the reflection. *oooh, aaah*

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Freeze/Thaw

Over and over, melt then freeze, warm then cold, water then ice…spring is here, leaving pretty patterns in it’s wake.

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Ol’ crazy eyes

A new backyard visitor for the year – Common Grackle. I love his shiny purple head, but I love the crazed look in his eyes even more.

Migration is a-happening, can’t wait to discover more birds, every day!

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