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Hoping for a Breeze and Some Shade

All photos taken on July 26, 2022.

We skipped our weekly walk at Bunchberry Meadows last week. The bug jackets are fairly hot and sweating while beating off mosquitoes was not our idea of fun. But, today promised to be dry and cooler, so we got out early to do a morning walk of 8 km (5 miles) and see what had changed. A lot apparently.

Entering at the Devonian Trail, we were drawn in by the cool leafy, shade

we opted to stay on the main paths in Tucker’s Field to avoid drawing out even more mosquitoes

A few steps into Bunchberry from Tucker’s Field showed how much the grass had grown in 2 weeks. It had just been cut before our last walk.

Meadow after meadow showed how much the grass was changing colour. The once green grass was now in summer hues of green, gold and red…

…and was already going to seed.

Deeper into the forest there was still leafy green shade and subtle breezes. Birdsong rang out, interspersed with squirrel chatter

Cockle burrs were starting to show

the boardwalk again had that overgrown look

Nearing the halfway point (and pee break), we could tell that we had not been doing enough walking of late.

The saplings planted last year seemed to be thriving.

Heading back out counter clockwise from the parking lot, the paths were strewn with bee anointed wildflowers like these Prairie Blazing Stars. The air was filled with the sweet scents and sounds of summer. Not you, you D— Mosquitoes.

Large open areas of meadow grass had been flattened by recent rain and winds

We were now on the long hot trudge through the open meadows. From time to time, we felt cooling breezes in our faces, but not often enough.

Back in the forest at last, we paused wherever we felt a breeze, to enjoy the forest details.

Arriving at the last meadow by Blueberry Connector, we stopped to look at familiar sights. The old Plymouth Mayflower is all but invisible from the trail.

A small fence and sign had been placed around a rare plant species – Northern Wild Comfrey

At long last, in the Tamarack Grove, we were now on the home stretch

a few more grassy trails and we would be done

Based on these fallen coloured leaves and colourful mushrooms, it appears summer is living on borrowed time.

That’s just the way it is in the forest.

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.

13 thoughts on “Hoping for a Breeze and Some Shade

    1. It is a great walk Vanessa and we miss it when we can not get there each week. The bug jackets (MEC and Canadian Tire for $20) are lifesavers during skeeter season. Thanks for reading. Happy Sunday. Allan

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    1. Nature’s changes can be so subtle, we think that it stays the same for long periods of time. we are always amazed by how much has changed in our little forest from week to week. It is closed until October 31, so we will not be able to see these changes this year. Thanks for reading and your thoughtful comment. Allan

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    1. Absolutely. We try to do an activity every day, whether it be our exercise routine, Tai Chi, hiking or biking. We are not long back from Jasper, where we hiked a total of 35 km, much of it including elevation and biked 68 km (may not count on E-bikes). We always feel better in body and spirit after these types of trips. Thanks for reading Lynette. Allan

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