The Ants Are Out

Today on my walk I saw an ant. It must be the time for the hives to start getting active again. I’m not looking forward to the fight of keeping them outside the house. Since a very old willow came down a few years ago in the creek we have had the joy of entertaining these carpenter ants. Seems the willow had a huge nest of those ants and with the willow gone they are spreading into our backyard and beyond. Not fun.

Ant

Ant

So after giving the evil eye to the ant and getting his photograph I moved on to the other side of the street to continue my walk along the creek path.

Impaled

Impaled

I went back to the teasels to see what else has been caught by its thorns and found this leaf as its recent victim. Or maybe not so recent? How the heck did this leaf get so fully speared by the thorns of the teasel? Was the wind that aggressive when they connected?

Sumac Flower Branches

Sumac Flower Branches

This branch from the flowers of the sumac towards the end of my walk caught my eye. Are they called branches? They look like miniature trees whatever they are. I think I will be revisiting this one again.

Claireville All Iced Up

There was another ice storm that rolled through the area last night so I went out today to explore this new crystalline world at Claireville Conservation Area. 

Claireville Entrance

Claireville Entrance

Walking down the main road there was a grey world looking back at me. On a sunny day it would have been a blinding, glittery Swarovski land but today it was a bleak, washed out one instead.

Lonely Road

Lonely Road

Going off on the smaller trails I felt like I was walking through a brittle world ready to collapse at my touch. Crunching my way through it was a little eerie at times.

Icy Trail

Icy Trail

I love when days like this happen. You get a better idea of how fragile the world can be and how beautiful it can be at the same time. It’s hard to do it justice in a photograph.

Snowshoeing at Hoggs Falls

I am back at Hoggs Falls today sporting my snow shoes again but this time I’m heading in the opposite direction – upriver. The trails in this direction tend to be quieter than the ones leading to the falls but there is still so much to see. Small cascades and twisty turning river scenes are well worth getting away from the  crowds.

Boyne River

Boyne River

In winter these “Quieter” sections of the trail can be harder as I was the one making the trail. It can be pretty exciting being the only one on the trail but with the light powdery snow it can be tough to get through even with the snow shoes.

Tree Lined Path

Tree Lined Path

While on the trail I did encounter an unexpected visitor.

Unexpected Visitor

Unexpected Visitor

When this husky turned the corner I had a fleeting thought of “OMG! A Wolf!” Luckily it was a very friendly Husky belonging to a hiker just out of view of my shot. LOL sometimes things like this happen on the trail and I’m sure glad it wasn’t something more dangerous.

Cold Day on the Trails

As some of you might know I’m not much of a winter person. If I had a working fireplace I would be in front of it with a mug of cider or hot chocolate. Just as long as I didn’t have to freeze my tootsies off. But then there is this urge to hike the trails. “What the heck was I thinking?!”, you ask. Well just look at these views…

Cuckoo Valley

Cuckoo Valley

Do you see what I mean? Fresh snow is really pretty and when waterfalls freeze it’s icing on the cake.

Frozen Falls

Frozen Falls

Okay, okay, I know, the winter is long and sometimes its so cold your car doesn’t even want start. Its tough but it really can be worth the effort to get out of that warm cozy bed, put all the layers on and get in your car and drive to your favourite spot or a new and exciting spot. So will you come out with me this winter to explore?