On Saturday my husband and I went on a hike in the York Region Forest. Several times throughout the summer there are guided hikes through various parts of the York Region Forest and they are themed for families with different interests. It could be finding frogs in the pond or bird watching or identifying native plants. The hike we participated in was at the Hollidge Tract and was geared to taking photos of the forest with nature photographer and naturalist Gary Conway. A large group congregated around Gary and members of the Regional Forest management team to get started on a two hour hike with lots of opportunities to stop and take pictures. Gary pointed out areas of interest and various aspects of getting a good picture in low light and sunny. The idea was to be aware of what is around you and of course don’t stand in the poison ivy. The first photo is the group going down the trail. Next is the pond which was pretty much drying up at this point in the summer. In the bottom row is the Purple Loosestrife Lythrum salicaria a very pretty but invasive no native, the Pyrola elliptica, a native plant with its stalk of greenish white flowers. Last is a snail on the Queen Anne’s Lace or Daucus carota. It was lovely and cool in the forest. If hikes are given in your area like this one join up. It is a great way to spend a few hours.
Hope to see you at Mary’s for Mosaic Monday. I always appreciate your comments. Have a great week. Valerie