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Dewy or Don’t We?

All photos taken August 23, 2022, during our weekly forest walk.

Yesterday, our area was infiltrated by wildfire smoke for the first time this summer. The AQI was an 8 and not recommended for outdoor strenuous activity. So, we complied, while we looked for the best timing for this week’s Bunchberry walk. The 23rd was supposed to be relatively smoke free, so we set out right after our coffee-less breakfast. We were hiking by 7:35 AM.

While we had 2 deer cross our path, a bunny sighting, birdsong all around, numerous red squirrels gathering their winter food cache and sounds of both pileated and down woodpeckers, I managed to capture very little wildlife with my camera. That being said, it was a pretty walk through the dew soaked grass and we kept cool for the most part.

The understory continues to take on fall colours

The morning light was amazing through the light smoke haze

We were shadows of our former selves

Dew beading up on this plant

Scanning for deer in our usual sighting spot. None to be seen since we saw two does scamper across the trail in front of us.

Sun through the birch trees

Many shades of grass

We think this is a grouse feather, likely remnant of a coyote’s lunch

Looking down from Pee Tree Hill

Canada Thistles

The grass blades in this area were almost blue

Tall grasses compete

Dewy grass blade

sun dappled path

at the grove

this meadow was vacant too

The grass is not always greener

Puffball magic

On the boardwalk

Under the canopy

Sow Thistle flowers

Goldenrod

Not sure what these stalks are…perhaps precursors to the puffballs

Finally back into the cool forest

some squirrel has been busy

the forest views are again opening up

one last Prairie Blazing Star

diffused light

at the elbow tree

common fleabane

forest version of Jenga

This shot of the meadow was taken on yellow palette setting. To the eye, all the grass looked green

At the Blueberry Connector path

brightly coloured leaves

Saskatoon berries (service berries in some places)

Tamarack grove

We have never seen any wildlife in this bog area…except mosquitoes

Mushroom surprise

Downy Woodpecker

Bunchberry collage in Tucker’s Field

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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.

11 thoughts on “Dewy or Don’t We?

  1. Ha, I love the title of this post. So good. Despite the smoke, glad to hear that you were able to find a non strenuous trail to spend some quality time in nature. Lovely captures of the trees, wildflowers and glowing sun. Thanks for sharing. Linda

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    1. If there had been some ducks, it could have been Hughey, Dewey and Louis. The smoke was less of a problem this year, but it was around at the end of August. It was a good day to be in the forest. Hoped to go yesterday, but it was January cold. Thanks for reading Linda. Allan

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