Friday, 2 September 2011

2nd Marsh & Oshawa Harbour -- September 2nd, 2011

It was a foggy start to the day and the weather forecast was for a stinking hot day with high humidity but I took Jane to work for 8:30 so I got an early start. It was comfortable by the lake and there was a surprisingly cool, beautiful breeze at times.

I went to the harbour first. There were a few people there.

This fisherman was the only one out in a boat in the fog, but he didn't seem to care.

These Rose Hips (why hips?) were near the pier.

And one rose was still blooming.

The mix of colours along the berm is gorgeous.

An overcast sky is good for wildflowers but it makes for bald skies and when you get something like this heron flying over the result is pretty sad. But you get what you get. Of course there's Photoshop but for a lot of images it's just not worth the bother.

I probably saw 100 Canada Geese fly into the bay in flocks of 10 to 15. They were joining the Herons and Cormorants that were already there.

They were honking and carrying on as they flew over and even after they landed in the bay. I think they were discussing whether to head south this year or stick around.

Himalayan Balsam with a bee almost inside one of the blossoms. They do disappear completely inside the blossoms most of the time.

More colour along the berm.

A wild Cucumber vine climbing a Willow tree.

Farewell & Harmony Creeks joining just north of Colonel Sam Drive... the merged creek is named Farewell.

Farewell Creek in the marsh.

A field of Touch-Me-Not, a much more interesting name than it's proper one... Jewelweed.

I take way too many images of certain things... Himalayan Balsam being one of them. :-)

The footbridge over Farewell Creek.

Goldenrod is everywhere these days. It adds a beautiful yellow to our lives. Here, a bit of Purple Loosestrife adds some contrast.

A couple people have asked me where the berm is at the marsh. Maybe this will help... this is the start of it at Colonel Sam drive.

After seeing all those turtles at the Nuke Plant the other day, it wasn't a big surprise to see these ones in Dogwood Pond by the GM HQ building.

The GM HQ building from Dogwood Pond.

I headed for home just after the sun had burned off the fog and things were heating up.

The Friends of Second Marsh web site...

A direct link to a map of the paths/trails in the marsh...

A link to a page that has my past posts re the marsh, in one place rather than scattered throughout this blog...

- fini -



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