I found myself with a few days off at the end of April 2016. I had to go to the Toronto for my last day of work at my former job and my next job was not starting until the start of the next month. I could have scheduled a shorter transition, but I like taking a little break in between jobs. When I had put a bow on my former job and was all done in Toronto I hopped on the train towards Napanee to visit my closest friend.
My friend and I are kindred spirits. From the moment we see eachother til the moment we part we are talking unendingly, sharing recent events and stories with eachother. This inevitably means long full days and late nights. We are also excellent explorers together. One day we went to Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area (just north of Kingston, ON) and the following day we went to Little Bluff Conservation Area and Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area (Prince Edward County, ON).
As we strolled and chatted we saw many interesting flora and fauna. Of note in the latter category was about a dozen turkey vultures perched in trees along the bluffs on Lake Ontario. Some flew away as we approached, but none too far as they waited for us to leave so that they could resume their feast on a coyote who appeared to have fallen onto the rocky shore below. The wildflowers we encountered were not dissimilar to those I had been seeing on hikes in Peterborough. Spring beauty, chickweed, marsh marigold, red trillium, probably the most dutchman's breeches I had ever seen, and trout lilies.
Trout lily are a common spring ephemeral and I had probably seen thousands in bloom already as they tend to grow in large colonies. But the trout lilies I had seen were all yellow (Erythronium americanum). While strolling through the Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area I spotted a something new: a white trout lily (Erythronium albidum).
See my other faves from 2016 here.
News, reflections, notes and other ramblings from the trail by PTBO Flora founder Rachel.