Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Eldred King Tract/ Nature Notes

Eldred King Tract, York Regional Forest

Most leaves here are still green but autumn is very much in the air even though when I took these photos the temperature was 31°C or 88°F.

I haven't a clue as to what this tipi made of logs is doing here as it's built around a tree and there's very little room inside...even for a kid. My friend, her dog and I often walk in the York Regional Forest and sometimes come across sculptures made of materials found in the forest. This was built in a natural clearing and could be seen from the path.

Next, a pine cone from an Eastern White Pine. We saw quite a few on the path - we've had some high winds lately.

Mushrooms are popping up like, er, mushrooms. It has been wet and rainy. Edible? Dunno, but it looks like some small animal had a taste.

Asters. I'm guessing that these are arrow-leafed asters (Symphyotrichum urophyllum) as they are common in Ontario. I should have taken a better photo of the leaves to be accurate.

Glossy buckthorn (Rhamnus frangula), an invasive shrub particularly in the Ottawa area.  The berries are NOT edible.

The oak leaf is loosing it's chlorophyll. Some critter has been chomping parts of the leaf away leaving lace.

For more Nature Notes,  please visit Michelle at Rambling Woods by clicking  HERE.

21 comments:

Leif Hagen said...

I feel like I've gone along with you on a wonderful nature hike! Marvelous collage!

LV said...

These are very nice outdoor shots. I would say the sticks stacked around the tree is a beaver home. That is the way they build their nest.

Rose said...

Most leaves here are still green, but they are starting to turn brown and fall. My dogwood has very few leaves left...

Rambling Round said...

What a lovely hike in the woods! Leaves are green here or brown from the drought.

LDH said...

It doesn't look like 88 degrees F in this lovely mosaic. It looks like a much cooler day ~ guess it is the colors. We are still having unusually warmer temps although we are just beginning to get some very much needed rain.

Many of our leaves are nor longer green but that is because they are dried out, withered and brown!

Hoping to see some pretty autumn foliage this year.

George said...

Thanks for taking us along on your hike. I really like your collage.

Farmchick said...

I really love the look of the oak leaf.

Randy said...

Wonderful things to be found here by the looks of it.

B SQUARED said...

I hope your colors are better than what we are having here. Doesn't seem to be a good year for foliage.

Jingle said...

neat!

Random Treasures said...

I am sure you enjoyed your hike. Beautiful pictures too. Thanks for sharing

Lucka said...

Beautiful wood shot. I like the autumn colors.

amatterofhowyouseeit.com said...

Excellent collage - you are the master at putting these together!

anjoe playhouse said...

I like your collage very much, but 31 C, NO WAY. It's all to hot :)

see you there! said...

What a great surprise the tipi structure must have been for you. Makes me curious about the person or people who arranged it.

Darla

Carver said...

Lovely shots from your natural world. The asters look like what I have and think are fairy asters (Aster vimineus) Link to information on them Fairy Aster I looked up the aster you mentioned and mine look more like the pictures of fairy asters.

Denise said...

A fabulous mosaic of autumn photographs. All a delight to the eye.

Rambling Woods said...

I would love to know the story behind the tipi.. wonder who made it. We had a hot day here and now colder and rainy. The ash trees are dropping all their leaves...Lovely collage....Michelle

Shammickite said...

I've walked along that trail and seen the log tipi too, and have wondered who made it and why it's there.

Shammickite said...

I've walked along that trail and seen the loh tipi too, and have wondered who made it and why it's there.

MyMaracas said...

Beautiful! I especially love those berries, edible or not. They appear to be made of mercury, metallic and exotic.

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