Today was an exceptional March day here in Toronto with temps soaring to 27C. The beautiful day meant I was tying up my hiking shoes for a hike along the trail. Since I had completed the Caledon section last week I decided to go back into the Iroquoia section. Getting out of my car at the Calcium Pits I was surprised to hear the calls of the frogs. The ponds here were full of them and the croaking was just amazing. After enjoying the moment I hiked up the trail. With the warm temps comes the spring flowers and the forest floor was covered with Hepatica.
The trail is fairly flat for most of my journey before it heads into a valley. Heading down the steep hill I scared a little gartersnake that slithered pretty quickly under a branch. Luckily for me he wasn’t too skittish and I was able to get a pic of him before he had enough of me looking over him with a camera. Guess he was kind of camera shy 😉
Heading along the path I’m soon hiking beside a river before the trail heads out onto Guelph Line and crosses into Crawford Lake Conservation Area. After arriving at the Crawford Lake Side Trail I decided to call it day and head back to the car. On the hike back I noticed some fern leaves making their way out of the ground to enjoy some spring sunshine.
As I scrambled down the rock wall near the car I found a couple of small Bloodroot flowers hiding in the crevices. A good hiding place with just enough light.
After finding these little goodies I was back at the car and it was time to head home.