We took a different route through the Nature Conservancy last week. Lots of misty mornings lately, as the temperature rises and falls. Volunteers built this boardwalk through a swampy area. The lush vegetation almost threatens to overgrow the path.
Cup Plants have been late to bloom this year. They are quite sensitive to heat and drought, but have perked up with the recent rains.
Beginning to see a few signs of Autumn here and there.
It was foggy enough one morning to allow me to get a shot of the rising sun, looking more like a full moon! A rare opportunity.
Each year, Metamora Hunt hosts a tour of some of our local horse farms. This is an important fund-raiser for the organization, which has been active in our area for 90 years.
Summer is a busy time, and I have never managed to make the tour, but this year a friend invited me to accompany her, and we enjoyed a beautiful afternoon together.
These farms are nestled in some of the most beautiful country in the area.
Non horse people are often confused by the ‘blindfolds’ these horses are wearing. They are actually made of a soft mesh which the horse can easily see through and serve to protect their eyes from pesky flies.
We saw an interesting mix of old and modern barns, all beautifully kept. These horses enjoy a very comfortable life!
Met my daughter in Stratford last weekend for a mini-vacation. It was arranged at rather short notice, so we did not see one of the many wonderful plays on offer, just shopped the fascinating little stores, and explored the area.
A walk by the river almost always provides the opportunity to meet and photograph swans. It pays to approach them carefully as they are large and can do a lot of damage if frightened or angered. Most of the ones I have seen here are well used to tourists, and this one was quite happy to ignore me and my camera.
The ducks here are so tame, I was almost tripping over them!
On Sunday we made our way to nearby St. Marys, where we discovered a nice Rails to Trails hiking trail.
There is a stone quarry at St. Marys, so many of the buildings here are built with stone. I thought the architecture was quite beautiful. The Town Hall was built in 1891.
Last Friday, hot, humid weather promised to keep me cooped up in the house for most of the day, so I decided to seek some relief at Port Huron.
The linear park which runs under the Bluewater Bridge offers a great view of Lake Huron and the St. Claire River, and there is almost always a cooling breeze there.
It is always a thrill to see the big freighters make their careful way from Lake into the narrow confines of the river.
I think this guy was hoping for a handout from me, but I didn’t pack a lunch, so he was out of luck!
The bridge is well named, as the water here really is this blue. The cooling breeze did not disappoint, and I enjoyed a nice, leisurely walk. Much as I appreciate my air conditioning at home, I would much rather be outside enjoying the sunshine than cooped up indoors. It was well worth the drive.