Feeling Nostalgic

I’m back to my regular neighbourhood walks and today I’ve come across a vintage car. It’s not something you see very often in my neck of the woods and so it must be documented. I’m feeling nostalgic seeing this and wishing for simpler, stress-free days.

Old Car

Old Car

I gave this photo an old-time feel when I processed it. I wanted the photo to feel like it was taken with an old film camera.

With nothing much else happening on the street I headed down to the creek path to find some macro goodies.

Sqaurrose Knapweed

Squarrose Knapweed

This gorgeous Knapweed flower is blooming all along the creek. I still can’t get over how many flowers are purple. It’s so strange that I never really noticed this before. 

Vines

Vines

Heading further down the path, into a more overgrown area, I spotted these vines blocking part of the path. I’ve definitely come across this same set of vines before. I guess when they cut the grass in this area they don’t bother with the things that can attack from above. Which I am very happy about as I wouldn’t get a shot like this otherwise.

A Swallowtail and A Catbird

I’ve mentioned a catwalk that enters the creek area from my street but there’s another catwalk around the corner, That catwalk takes you to the opposite side of the creek. It’s the one I used to get into trouble over when I took it coming home from elementary school. I wonder why it was such a big deal?

Catwalk

Catwalk

That catwalk was not so overgrown when I walked it back in the day. They used to cut down all the new growth leaving it wide open. I’m glad they decided to let it go back to a more natural habitat. I mean where else would I see something like this so close to home:

Catbird

Catbird

Or even this lovely swallowtail?

Swallowtail

Swallowtail

Okay so, I would probably see the swallowtails as they usually come to my garden every summer but who’s to say if they would without all those Dame’s Rockets it seems to love feeding on so close by. It is a lot more fun to explore this overgrown creek and would have been so much better when we played hide and seek back in school.

Peter Cottontail

We are officially halfway through May today. Where has the time gone? It’s been 2 months since we’ve gone into some form of lockdown. Mother Nature, however, continues along her regular timeline, pandemic or not. On my creek path the apple blossoms are starting to fade. There are still quite a lot of them but they’re time is almost done. 

Dying Apple Blossom

Dying Apple Blossom

However, as one flower moves on a new one comes in. I found what I think is Ground Ivy. I hope that’s what they’re called. My plant app assures me that I’m correct,  Whatever they are tiny and cute and purple.

Ground Ivy

Ground Ivy

I seem to be seeing more wildlife now. Today I’ve come across another rabbit. This one is a little smaller than the previous one but just as curious about what I’m doing. At least curious enough to not hop off too far as I take his/her photo.

Peter Cottontail

Peter Cottontail

I always love when I spot something other than the regular flowers that I tend to come across on my neighbourhood walks. I forget sometimes that there is wildlife all around us. When I come across an animal It’s a very good reminder to me that we share our space with other creatures and that we must respect them.

Nuthatch in Claireville

Four days ago the World Health Organization announced that this new virus that has been circulating, is now considered a pandemic. Pandemic – something we hope to never have to deal with in our lifetime is now here. My employer has asked everyone to work from home as of end of day today. How long will this last? No one truly knows but we all hope its over soon. In order to get out of my head I decide to get myself out into the world. A world that for some reason still seems to have no snow. Winter, where did you go?

So today I’m back in Claireville with my friend Nigel to photograph some nature. 

Nuthatch

Nuthatch

As we walk through the marsh we are greeted by a pretty nuthatch who seems to be curious enough to get a little closer. I, of course, have the wrong lens for birding but I figured I can alway crop in if its not too far away. And that’s exactly what I did with the above photo.

Corridor of Trees

Corridor of Trees

As we walk back to the main road we take a path through this corridor of trees. As silly as it is for us to be planting trees in rows since the natural world does not do this, it does make for a great photo. Especially when you have soft golden light shining through their branches.

The Bear Den Trail

I’m out hiking again with my friend Nigel and this time we are in Guelph hiking the Bear Den Trail. Nigel found out about this trail from the Loops & Lattes: Caledon Hikes book. It’s supposed to have some wacky Alice in Wonderland type boardwalk but first we have to hike most of the the 6.6 kilometre trail until we find it. I am a little curious to see what else we find along this trail.

Beware of Poison Ivy

Beware of Poison Ivy

This is the only trail I’ve been on that has a sign warning people to beware the poison ivy. Is it going to jump out an attack us? Is it going to creep along the ground and reach out with its roots to infect us with its poison? LOL Absolutely love it.

Rock Wall

Rock Wall

We came across some small stone walls during our hike. I found out later that these were built by early pioneers who farmed this land. The trail was pretty easy to hike with a lot of flat areas but we got a little confused when we ended up at the scout camp and had to turn around. We did find the right path pretty quickly after that. Have you noticed that we seem to be having a lot of navigation issues lately?

Crooked Path

Crooked Path

Towards the end of the hike we finally came across the weird and wacky boardwalk we had read about. This “whimsical” boardwalk (as described in the book) zig zagged here and there with no rhyme or reason.  It even went “through” a tree. Very strange and fun to navigate, especially since it was a little slippery.

End of the Trail

End of the Trail

Coming off the boardwalk we turned onto the last stretch of the path before we were back at the start of this loop. Another fun trail to check out just watch out for times when it might be slippery – that boardwalk could be dangerous!