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The Winter Quiet of Mer Bleue, Ottawa, Ontario

The Winter Quiet of Mer Bleue, Ottawa, Ontario

Wednesday was one of those heavily overcast, foggy, misty kind of days with the temperature hovering around the freezing point. I was on the east side of Ottawa on other business and, since I had decided to bring my camera along with me, I used photography as my good excuse to take a walk in the area of the Mer Bleue Bog. (location)  The only sound I heard for about an hour was the sound of a few planes heading to the airport and even those sounds were nicely muted.

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Alfred Bog, Alfred, Ontario

Alfred Bog, Alfred, Ontario

My birder friend, Gerhard, gave me a call to tell me he was going to be showing a group of Dutch folks around the Alfred, Ontario area. He wondered if I might like to come along with my cameras. He keeps hoping I’ll learn a little Dutch, I think, as it was the language of the day. My language, of course, is pictures.

Gerhard always wants to be on the road by dawn (or earlier). He is a keen birder. I, on the other hand, am a keen sleeper :-). However, when he invites me on a birding outing, I rarely say no.

The group gathered in the east end of the city early in the morning (I live on the opposite side of the city so needed to get up earlier :-)) and headed out to the sewage lagoons near Alfred, Ontario. Sounds like a terrible place to go to spend an early morning moment but ask any serious birder where the sewage lagoons are anywhere in the world and they will likely be able to tell you!

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Mer Bleue Conservation Area, Ottawa, Ontario

Mer Bleue Conservation Area, Ottawa, Ontario

Mer Bleue Conservation Area is on the east edge of Ottawa, Ontario and consists of a large bog bounded by sand ridges (Location). The plant life of the bog area is unique in that it must be capable of surviving in limited nutrient acidic environment and resembles the Boreal forest type of vegetation found much further north. The National Capital Commission maintains a boardwalk through part of the bog allowing close-up examination of the plant life that lives further out in the bog.

At one point, the boardwalk passes through a small clump of tamaracks where the undergrowth is primarily Labrador Tea shrubs and blueberry shrubs.

Pines atop the adjacent sand ridge.

 

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