The Woods in Bloom (Spring)

After spending several days cooped up because of rain (or planting vegetables in spite of it!), I made it down to the river for a walk again today. Couldn’t believe the changes in just a few short days…wow. The wild apple trees are finished blooming already (missed getting pics of those this year…oops), and there’s a veritable explosion of colour happening. Of course, some of the colourful stuff is pretty tiny and well hidden, but if you take the time to look… 🙂

Not sure what this is...it reminds me of honeysuckle, but it's the wrong colour.

Not sure what this is…it reminds me of honeysuckle, but it’s the wrong colour.

Wild rocket.

Wild rocket.

yellow goatsbeard

yellow goatsbeard

Water irises

Water irises

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Wild strawberries

Wild strawberries

Rocket

Rocket

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Wild mustard

Wild mustard

orange hawkweed

orange hawkweed


Oh, Spectacular Spring!

After many, many days of cold and rain and general miserableness, our weather made a huge comeback today with cloudless, brilliant blue skies and a temperature that didn’t make me want to turn tail and crawl back into bed. Charlie and I were both glad to get out for a good stretch, and we ended up doing more than 5 kilometers (3 miles) on the trails up at MacKenzie King Estate in Gatineau Park.

Though with all those hills we had to climb, I’m sure I should be allowed to double that figure… 😉

The bluest blue and the greenest green.

The bluest blue and the greenest green.

Charlie was a foot away from this guy and never even saw him.

Charlie was a foot away from this guy and never even saw him.

Meech Lake

Meech Lake

Pit stop for refuelling. ;)

Pit stop for refuelling. 😉

A little creek runs through it.

A little creek runs through it.

Never underestimate the power of perseverance.

Never underestimate the power of perseverance.

Waterfall at Mackenzie King Estate.

Waterfall at Mackenzie King Estate.

That was one determined woodpecker.

That was one determined woodpecker.

By the end of the walk, this looked like a really, really big climb. Heck, it WAS a really, really big climb.

By the end of the walk, this looked like a really, really big climb. Heck, it WAS a really, really big climb.


Sunrise in the Woods

I’m not a heat-loving person. Heck, I’m not even much of a heat-tolerating person. On the one hand, this is a Good Thing, because I can safely assume there’s nothing reptilian about me. On the other hand, it makes it difficult for me to get much done during an Ottawa summer.

My solution, developed over the last several years, has been to rearrange my daily schedule so that I have all the physical outdoor work done before 8 a.m. Yes, you read that right. By 8 in the morning, I’ve already fed the animals, walked the dog, and done a good hour’s worth of gardening. (And yes, I know that makes me a sick, sick person, but I’ve learned to accept that about myself. ;))

The difficulty, I’m finding, is making the shift to those earlier hours. Over the course of the winter, I put off getting out of bed later and later, hard pressed to convince myself to get out of bed while it was still dark. Bad habits resulted that I’m now having to break. Ugh.

On mornings like this one, however, I’m reminded that there are other — and even better — reasons for rising early. Believe me, it helps. 🙂

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The River in Spring

Took my first walk along the river since the snow disappeared…and it was glorious. The water is high with runoff right now, so parts of the trail are submerged, including access to my favourite portion of the river walk. Another week or two should see the waters recede, however, and in the meantime it’s really quite something to hear the roar of the rapids and see their sheer power. Nature has such a way of being quite humbling, even on a beautiful spring morning.

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Seagulls nesting on an island

Seagulls nesting on an island