Friday, May 20, 2016

Last Sunday on the Oak Ridges Trail

Photos by Barry Wallace

Snow one moment ~ sunshine the next

Sunday saw a group of hikers on the Oak Ridges Trail between King's 6th and 7th Concessions.   Pictured at left is a Golden Lab named Milky (short for Milky Way), a Golden Lab who looked somewhat doleful as he waited for the hikers to show up at the start of the hike.
Pictured below are two of the warmly-dressed hikers who faced alternating sunshine and snow pellets, on and off, throughout the day.

Amidst the myriad of white trilliums, the hikers occasionally came across purple and pink trilliums (see above).   At the same time, hikers saw a glut of felled Ash trees which have been infected by the Emerald Ash Borer.   Hundreds of such trees lie in the forest or alongside trails (see below).   In the case of the main Oak Ridges Trail and secondary side-trails along this part of the Happy Valley Forest, only Ash trees on the south side of the main trail have been felled,   Ash trees in the Love Mountain forest, on the north side of the main trail, have been left intact, letting nature takes its course.

A study in contrasts shows a tree (left) on its way to being encircled by moss.
Meanwhile, another tree was set upon by beaver but the job was never finished. 

Please comment if you wish.
Barry Wallace

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