A Bunchberry Spring

All photos taken on May 30, 2022.

It had been almost 2 months since we did a full walk here. With the arrival of spring, a lot had changed.

A Bunchberry Spring ©

A Bunchberry spring

arrives on waves of green leaves

and sweet songbird tunes.

It’s as if nature wants to

tell us all’s right in the world.

Two huge groups of school children were learning all about nature. We quickly headed in the opposite direction.

A swath of verdant spring green stretched before us along the trails.

Dainty colourful wildflowers were popping up.

The meadow comes alive.

Tiny butterflies flitted about and settled, their wings closed demurely.

The meadow at the Blueberry Connector Trail seemed so inviting.

The Plymouth Mayflower starts to blend into the environment.

Heading to Tamarack Trail.

Bunchberry plants start to make their appearance.

I almost fit in with my sunny coloured jacket.

Filtered sunlight reaches the tamarack forest floor.

Sunlight shining through the new spring green.

This marshy meadow seems to be begging for a moose to browse in it, but alas it was not to be.

More wildflowers and colourful leaves, including the ubiquitous dandelion

Tamarack Trail Tunnel

Fallen friend

Birds sang everywhere, but we saw only robins. They hopped along the path in front of us as if they knew not we were walking along it. At last, they would flutter aside so we could pass.

Drops from yesterday’s scant rain remained on display.

Last gasp at pussy willows?

Junction with Meadow View Trail. Which way should we go?

We opted for Meadow View Trail to a lunch spot with a nice view.

Walking back to the main trail, we could see the grass was already growing tall.

Out for a stroll.

Branches, blossoms and blue

50,000 shades of green

The insect world was coming to life. Can mosquitoes be far behind?

In the grove

Marsh Marigolds on display

Sunlit spring

One more meadow to go

the wetland boardwalk beckons

Mr. squirrel tries to blend in

the school group is now having lunch

On this walk of 7.7 k (nearly 5 miles), we only bumped into 4 other people on the trail (not including the school group we saw).

Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

15 thoughts on “A Bunchberry Spring

    1. Life was definitely bursting and our future trips showed the grass was already 5 feet high in places. The mosquitoes are out there and our day of rain today will wash more eggs up to hatch. Oh, well, saving a fortune on watering. Hope all is well with you. Allan

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    2. There’s something magical about the photos of the woods that expands the heart and fills it with happiness that not even the threat of mosquitos can dampen 😀 Thank you for this moment of shared happiness!

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      1. Thanks. Our forest walks have become our escape. The bug jackets allow us to laugh at the mosquitoes. Glad you enjoyed. Thanks for reading. Allan

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  1. What a great place to take a field trip and learn about nature. It must have been nice to finally be able to return to Bunchberry Meadows and see how different the landscape looks in the spring. I love all the various wildflowers.

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    1. I am not sure how much the kids learned, but they did get out in nature. Bunchberry is always nice to visit. The mosquitoes were horrendous this past Monday. We opted to eat our lunch in the car. New flowers arrive each week and the Alberta wild roses were much better this year than last (due to last year’s heat dome). Thanks for reading. Allan

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