Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario

Mayapple Blossom

Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario

This was the first time that I had ever seen a May-Apple in blossom so despite the rain this was a treat for me to photograph. The flower has a waxy texture to it and is hidden by the large over-arching leaves. Rondeau was one of my stops on a circular tour that took me from my home near Ottawa, Ontario first to the Bruce Peninsula and then south to Pt. Pelee before heading home east along the north shore of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.

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Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory to MacGregor Point Provincial Park

Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory to MacGregor Point Provincial Park

The day’s drive was a fairly long one made more pleasant by the occasional whiff of the Common Lilacs that were in full bloom at this time of the year. And of course, distance is one way to judge the length of a journey and most published distances or travel times don’t apply to me anyway because I stop far too frequently for photos to be able to get anywhere in a hurry.

This old barn caught my attention because as I drove past it, I saw a couple of Turkey Vultures perched on the ridge.  By the time that I stopped the car and got my camera gear ready, they decided that they had seen enough of me and flew off.  Inside the barn, there were plenty of swallow nests but not enough light to photograph anything properly.

Although the temperatures were rising each day, the nights were still cool and sensitive specialty crops still benefited from miniature hot house treatment.

Gaywings (Fringed Polygala)

Northern Water Snake (Nerodia sipedon)