October!

A glorious autumn day from 2011 at Kortright Conservation Centre, Ontario

A glorious autumn day from 2011 at Kortright Conservation Centre, Ontario


Dreaming of Larkwhistle

Larkwhistle Garden

Larkwhistle Garden, June 2012, Bruce Peninsula, Ontario

I’m taking a break from the cold and going to Larkwhistle Garden in my mind. Larkwhistle is a terrific garden on the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario that has been created and gardened by Patrick Lima and John Scanlan. For decades, they have opened the garden to visitors in the summer. But last year, they decided to end those public visiting days. 

Larkwhistle Garden

Kniphofia at Larkwhistle Garden, 2010

Larkwhistle Garden

Larkwhistle Garden, September 2010, Ontario

We have gone to this place of beauty for years since travelling to the peninsula and it remains with me in memories of flowers, birds and grace.  And with thanks to Patrick and John for what they have created and generously shared.

Larkwhistle Garden

Larkwhistle Garden’s resident cat, 2010.


Green Point Coastal Trail, Gros Morne National Park

Coastal Trail

Coastal Trail in Gros Morne Park, August 2013

Our first attempt to go on the boat tour of the freshwater fiord in Gros Morne did not go as scheduled because of torrents of rain and lightning.  However, once the weather cleared, we went on a hike on the Coastal Trail near Green Point,  south of the fiord.  This cobbled beach trail is flat and runs right along the coast off the Gulf of St. Lawrence.  We saw marshy ponds and passed tuckamore forests.  Tuckamore is the Newfoundland word for stunted spruce and balsam fir trees that grow by the coast and in mountainous areas.

Tuckamore

Tuckamore along the Coastal Trail, Newfoundland, August 2013

Coastal Trail

On the Coastal Trail, August 2013

We did not take the full 6 km return hike, because we could see more thunderstorms brewing in the distance and travelling toward us. Since we were on totally open ground, we felt it was safest to turn around.  We were among several other hikers, all of us doing the return hike in record time.  This trail has stayed with me for its haunting atmosphere.  I found it of great beauty.

Coastal Trail

Thunderstorms approaching–Coastal Trail, August 2013


Freshwater Fjord, Gros Morne National Park

Freshwater Fjord

Freshwater Fjord, Western Brook Pond, Newfoundland, August 2013

In August when we were in Newfoundland, we travelled to Gros Morne National Park in the western part of the province.  Gros Morne is a large, extremely beautiful park with a great variety of land and sea scapes. The park has been designated a world heritage site by UNESCO.

Freshwater Fjord

On the tour of the freshwater fjord, August 2013

We had heard that we must go see the freshwater fjord in Western Brook Pond while we were in Gros Morne. We took everyone’s advice and booked a two hour boat tour on the Pond.  

Fjords are long, narrow inlets in the sea with high cliffs arising on each side. The steep cliffs were carved out of rock by glaciers from former ice ages. Western Brook Pond once was connected to the ocean but it was cut off from it after the glaciers melted and the land, having less weight upon it, rebounded.

Freshwater Fjord

On the boat tour of the freshwater fjord, August 2013

We had a sunny day with a bit of wind on the lake, enough to regularly splash those of us standing excitedly at the bow to get great views of the cliffs as we travelled into their midst.  Another experience of profound beauty in Newfoundland.

Freshwater Fjords

Freshwater Fjord in Newfoundland, August 2013


Skerwink Trail, Newfoundland

Skerwink Trail

At the start of the Skerwink Trail in Newfoundland, August 2013

Another very beautiful and dramatic trail in Newfoundland is the Skerwink Trail. Skerwink is a local name for a Shearwater, a type of bird that lives in open sea–a pelagic seabird. The 5.3 km trail is near the town of Trinity.  We hiked the trail in August, often near the edge of cliffs overlooking the ocean. We took our time walking, stopping to photograph the land and sea, and to catch our breath as we climbed ever higher.

The trail is maintained wonderfully well with many stairs to help you in the ascent.  I was exhausted at the end of the trail, but did not regret taking it.

Skerwink Trail

Skerwink Trail along the Atlantic Ocean, August 2013

Skerwink Trail

A view from the Skerwink Trail, August 2013

Skerwink Trail

On the Skerwink Trail, August 2013

Skerwink Trail

Climbing the Skerwink Trail, August, 2013


East Coast Trail, Pouch Cove, Newfoundland

East Coast Trail, Newfoundland

East Coast Trail, Newfoundland, with Pouch Cove in the distance, August 2013

On this Canadian Thanksgiving, here’s photos from our hike on the East Coast Trail in Newfoundland last August.  Finding this trail was something we were certainly thankful for.  On our last day in Newfoundland, we travelled to Pouch Cove–pronounced Pooch Cove–to go to an artists’ studio tour. We arrived a bit early for the tour and drove around the town.  When I saw a sign saying “parking for trail” I pulled over and we got out.  There was no sign of a trail, but luckily several hikers got out of another car and we got directions from them.

East Coast Trail

East Coast Trail, Newfoundland, August 2013

Down the road a short way, we came to a sign for the East Coast Trail that we hadn’t realized you could get to from here.  This trail runs 265 km along the Avalon Peninsula.  My husband had read that it was very beautiful.  And here, we had happily come upon the northern most entry point without planning to do so.

East Coast Trail, Newfoundland

East Coast Trail, Newfoundland, August 2013

We hiked for around two hours, seeing vast views of the coast with cliffs and rugged rocky outcrops, some encrusted with lichens of different colours.  A terrific way to end our trip.

East Coast Trail, Newfoundland

On the East Coast Trail, Newfoundland, August 2013

East Coast Trail

Rocks on the East Coast Trail near Pouch Cove, Newfoundland, August 2013


Beaver Pond–Haliburton, Ontario

This past weekend we travelled to Haliburton county, to the northeast of Toronto.  We were eager to see the turning leaves which were intense even in the rain which accompanied us during most of the weekend.

This photo is of a beaver pond we saw on private land.  I am drawn to reflections in nature and loved the clear ones in this pond.  Because the scene was one of muted colours, I photographed it in black and white, which allowed me to focus on the design created by the mirror image.

Beaver Pond Reflections

Beaver Pond Reflections, Haliburton, October 2013