Mud Lake in September

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september-2016-068 september-2016-119 september-2016-145A random, mid-week visit to Mud Lake. We all needed it. It is a great place to go for a walk, with many different trails to take. Some are heavily wooded and others take you along open (and often muddy!) water. The wildlife we often see include a variety of ducks (Wood Ducks are my favourite), geese, herons, chickadees, turtles, and squirrels. It is so wonderful to have places like this right here in town. On this particular day we drove with my mom, but we noticed that there are a few city buses that come pretty close. Click HERE for a map and description of the area.

While out in the woods, we actually ran into someone we know. My friend Amanda Sage, who shares my love of photography, was out bird-watching. She is also a talented writer, who has just published a children’s book to raise funds for CHEO.

Silly Goose

Before all of the snow had melted (there was still quite a bit, actually) we went down to Mud Lake for a walk. I spotted this funny-looking Canada Goose:

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The white face and patchy colouring stand out the most, but then I realized his feet and beak are orange instead of black! I have looked it up but I am still not certain if this is a natural colour mutation or a hybrid between a Canada Goose and a Greylag. As usual there seem to be a lot of theories on the internet. You can see a Canada Goose with normal colouring in the background of this photo:

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I have seen a goose like this twice before, just further down the river in years past. I can’t be certain if it’s the same one, returning to the same area. I know I took photos of it but I can’t find them. Must organize photos…

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Check out some of these amazing photographs from Mud Lake that CPAWS posted recently on their facebook page. I can’t believe there are owls nesting there! How come I never see these things?

Gifts from the Sky

The river was waiting for us this afternoon. After visiting almost every night, to skipping a couple of weeks, I think we really missed its calm rhythms. The leaves in the woods are tinged with a touch of gold these days, and I couldn’t believe what we found there, freshly fallen from the sky:

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This is my favourite time of year, and not just because it’s my birthday 😀 To celebrate this BIG YEAR, I am offering you 30% OFF in my Etsy Shop for all of September. Just enter coupon code: BIRTHDAY30 at the time of purchase.

Ultra Violet Light

It’s funny how much purple I find on our walks- it follows me everywhere and draws me in.

I am loving these midsummer days, spending them down by the water as much as possible. Life is so peaceful down there, and we love watching and listening to the rhythms of nature. At the right time of day, the light cascades through the woods and bounces so perfectly off of Nature’s greatest works of art.

Mallard Feather

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Flowers

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Vervain

Spider Graffiti