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Discovering The Hendrie Valley

Discovering The Hendrie Valley

In The Mist of the morning
In The Mist of the morning
Hendrie Valley
Hendrie Valley

12/8/2013

Bee
Bee

Located on Plains Road, this thriving wetlands ecosystem is part of the Royal Botanical Gardens parklands. Free to explore, the beautiful sunny wooded trails circulate through marshes, on boardwalks and across small bridges. You’ll see chipmunks, geese, turtles and tons of birds – bring feed if you want to see them
eat out of your hand. You’ll also see just as many photographers and birders! It takes about 60-90 minutes to leisurely explore. Paid parking is in the lot across from the RBG entrance. Once there, look for the large trailhead sign that says “Cherry Hill Gate”

Cardinal
Cardinal
Female Cardinal
Female Cardinal

An area that a friend has taken me two times now and, each time we discover different trails to explore. is the Hendrie Valley Trails of the Royal Botanical Gardens.The Trails are rich with diversity,plenty of wildlife, and a pleasant quiet ,short hike.

Orchid wild
Orchid wild
Birds will eat from hands
Birds will eat from hands

A smaller scale version of Cootes Paradise, this area which includes the 100 hectare Grindstone Creek Valley stretches to the end of Carroll’s Bay and contains the finest collection of floodplain wetlands on western Lake Ontario. Transferred to the Royal Botanical Gardens in 1941 for ecological protection, the area features slopes forested with old growth trees, a 60 hectare river mouth marsh complex, and 4 creeks. Major access points are along Plains Road and include the RBG Centre and Cherry Hill Gate.

Should I or should I not
Should I or should I not
Birds dash to your hand
Birds dash to your hand

This is a great spot to see birds and assorted waterfowl. You will see in this area that a large project is underway to create new banks along the water’s edge and also provide a system that works as a natural barrier against invasive carp. This has been facilitated through the re-use of over 100,000 discarded Christmas trees.And other equally intelligent moves to keep the marsh as pristine as possible.

Wildflowers
Wildflowers
Wild Orchid
Wild Orchid
red-winged-blackbird
red-winged-blackbird

Following the trail through the Grindstone Creek Delta, you soon arrive at a spectacular boardwalk that borders Grindstone Creek providing an excellent vantage point to watch nesting birds and observe beavers and other wildlife. This is a great place to bird watch and if you bring some seed along you can have some fun feeding the friendly birds by hand.

Wildflowers
Wildflowers
On recent walks I have seen incredible amounts of red-wing blackbirds, blue jays and cardinals
Enjoy all Hamilton Has to offer.Was nice to see this fawn, he is actually in another shot, see if you can spot the fawn and Doe
Fawn Frolicking
Fawn Frolicking
Photographer
Doug Worrall
Sources:Wikipedia, Burlington Tourist,Cam Goede

Nature’s Summer Here Soon Hamilton

 Nature’s Summer Here Soon Hamilton

Thursday March 2012

Wild-flowers

The Skunk Cabbage in bloom in the Hendrie Valley and along the Capt. Cootes Trail on Friday the 17. It is the earliest date that I have found the plant in bloom and it was probably blooming a day or more before. There was nothing else new for the year but the cultivated Fragrant Virburnum ‘Album’ was new for the month. It had a few blooms in January but they were frozen so this was it’s second attempt. Very few blossoms were evident so the peak bloom will probably be later. In all I found 6 native or naturalized blooms and 10 cultivated species in bloom.

Dundurn Castle

Dundurn Castle

is an historic chateau built to house Sir Allan MacNab, later prime minister of the united Province of Canada between 1845 and 1856.

City Hall Hamilton

He hired architect Robert Wetherall and construction of this stately home was completed in 1835. It became the property of the City of Hamilton, and in the late 1960s, it was restored as a Centennial project. It is now designated as a National Historic Site.

Sunrise Hamilton
The eyes deceive

It operates as a civic museum, and its grounds house other attractions. Dundurn Park, and associated green spaces, is a favourite for wedding portraits. The Hamilton Military Museum is housed in an outbuilding which was relocated when York Street was widened as York Boulevard in the 1970s. Another outbuilding, the Cockpit Theatre, occasionally housed outdoor events and dramas.

Wild Orchid

Operating Hours Victoria to Labour Day: Daily 10 am – 4 pm Labour Day to Victoria Day: Open Tuesday to Sunday 12 pm – 4 pm. The admission prices is $10 and also includes a ticket to the Hamilton Military Museum.

Wild Orchid

Doug Worrall Photographer

Wildflowers The Hieroglyphics Of Angels

Wildflowers The Hieroglyphics Of Angels

Tuesday July 19 2011

The Hieroglyphics Of Angels

You belong among the wildflowers,
You belong somewhere close to me.
Far away from your trouble and worries
You belong somewhere you feel free.
– Tom Petty, Wildflowers

 

Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words.  They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of their character, though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning.  ~Lydia M. Child

 

Why do people give each other flowers?  To celebrate various important occasions, they’re killing living creatures?  Why restrict it to plants?  “Sweetheart, let’s make up.  Have this deceased squirrel.”  ~The Washington Post

Spike flash

 

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs.  When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.  ~Ansel Adams

Spike

You don’t take a photograph, you make it. ~Ansel Adams

Wildflowers


 “The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility.” Albert Einstein

Bee


Last year while enjoying Summer and all the wildflowers scattered around the wetlands there were more varieties and abundance.This year whomever trims the grass along the trail cut down all the wild orchids and more.

Images below are from second generation seeds I grow

Balcony Morning glory

 

Morning glory second generation


I harvesting a few morning glory seed,s after germination they were replanted on my balcony with only ambient light source,

Balcony Morning glory from seed from lake
Morning glory growing by lake ontario

 

Doug Worrall Photographer