I was reflecting this evening on how much I’ve learned about the natural world around me here in the Toronto area, during 3 seasons of nature walks with Miles Hearn. We started in April with the spring session, did 4 July summer walks, then a full slate of fall walks. We visited three spots close to home – Sam Smith Park, just down the street, Marie Curtis Park, and Humber Bay. We explored the top and bottom of the Scarborough Bluffs, and visited our urban national Park, Rouge National Urban Park. We walked two connected parks, Wilket Creek and Sunnybrook, visited Crother’s Woods in the Don Valley, and Cedarvale Park uptown.
We’ve observed plants in early, mid and late season, and saw both migrating and resident birds. I’m happy to have helped out with some mushroom identification, with the assistance of my brother. Miles has given us so much information on everything from bird calls to buds, it’s hard to take it all in. I don’t remember everything, but now when I walk on my own I realize just how much I’ve learned.
Next week I’m going to go on my first nature walk with the Toronto Field Naturalists group. The have an extensive schedule of walks, all of which are included in the modest cost of membership. Then in January, Miles is doing 7 winter walks, which I’ve also signed up for.
I took a lot of pictures on these walks, and in spite of not being outfitted with fancy equipment, I snapped what I consider some pretty good pictures. I took advantage of a “Black Friday” sale and ordered a new camera, a significant upgrade from the one I’ve been using. It’s a mirrorless bridge camera with a 1″ sensor and a zoom equivalent to 400mm. Hopefully it will be in next week.
Here are some highlights of 3 seasons of walks in pictures.
Today’s nature walk with Miles Hearn took place close to home at Marie Curtis Park. This is our final walk of 2018 in this series of nature walks. More walks will take place beginning in mid-January. Meanwhile I plan to do other walks on my… Read More
Today’s nature walk with Miles Hearn was at Ashbridges Bay. This is a very popular summer spot, with a really nice beach and many beach vollyball courts. There weren’t so many people around today. Temperature hovered around the freezing point this morning but in exposed… Read More
Today’s nature walk with Miles Hearn was at Scarborough Bluffs. It was a cold morning – I wore long johns and a warm coat as well as toque and mittens. As it turned out, the temperature rose a little during the walk and there was… Read More
Normally, I go on nature walks on Wednesdays, but Miles Hearn’s Friday group was going to be right here in Long Branch today, at Marie Curtis Park, so even though Mother Nature planned rain, snow and maybe even freezing rain for today, I decided to… Read More
Today’s nature walk with Miles Hearn took place at Humber Bay. It was a cool day, and though at times the sky was threatening, there was no rain. I was unable to photograph two of the highlights of this walk – a coyote and a… Read More
Today’s nature walk with Miles Hearn took place right in my neighbourhood, at Colonel Sam Smith Park. It was a drizzly morning but the temperature was moderate and comfortable. I didn’t bring my notebook and I restricted photography to those times when the rain… Read More
Cedarvale Park is a lovely urban park located in the St. Clair and Bathurst area, here in Toronto. I’ve been going on Miles Hearn’s nature walks since early spring and this is the first time we’ve visited this park. Much of the park is pretty… Read More
Today’s nature walk with Miles Hearn took place at Sunnybrook Park, on some lovely trails along the West Don River. It was quite cool but no rain – a beautiful day for a walk. All through these trails there were many spindle trees (European euonymus)… Read More
What a beautiful day for a nature walk! One of the participants told us today’s walk was 4.5 km. Sunny day – comfortable temperatures. As a bonus there were lots of birds. I was early (what else is knew) and went for a half hour… Read More