This is a story with two parts.
During the week I tend to visit parks in the city of Peterborough, but on the weekend I like to venture further and explore other areas. Peterborough is posited as the gateway to the Kawarthas in tourism brochures, and there is certainly a lot to see outside of the city. But sometimes I have found that I didn't need to travel at all to find what I had been seeking.
The morning began by driving north of the city into the Canadian shield. I had spotted two stops I wanted to make on a prior drive along Northeys Bay Road (Woodview, ON): Eel's Creek and Quarry Bay Beach. Eel's Creek was the first stop. Upon my arrival I spotted something across the creek. It would have been impossible to miss the very bright red blooms that glowed in the sunlight. I had an inkling I knew what it was, but wanted to get a closer look at the wildflowers. I was, however, hesitant to walk across the slippery rock bed of Eel's Creek for fear I would slip and submerge my camera. Standing thigh deep in the creek, I took a photo of the greenery across the water where the fiery red flower stood, and left a tad disappointed.
Later that day it was brought to my attention that I could get up close to this wildflower somewhere else - right in downtown Peterborough in the Otonabee River near Rotary Park! I could scarce stay at home another second and was off again. Sure enough, the banks of the Otonabee were dotted with hundreds of right red blooms. So, first I saw Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis) from afar at Eel's Creek, and later the same day much closer at Rotary Park.
See my other faves from 2016 here.
News, reflections, notes and other ramblings from the trail by PTBO Flora founder Rachel.