A wise friend of mine once said, when I was lamenting about living in a big city, that one of the paths to happiness was simply to learn to open your eyes and appreciate being right where you are.
And it so happens that about 10 minutes from where I am is a little piece of urban paradise called the Don Valley/Beechwood Trails. It goes along the Don River here in Toronto, where I live, and is a huge swath of reclaimed land that is used by cyclists and walkers and dog enthusiasts alike.
For me, there is nothing, and I mean NOTHING, more soothing at the end of a long day than to put on my shoes and head down to the trail. I’ve seen foxes, rabbits, herons, and beavers — just to name a few — and it would take me till the end of Eternity to photograph and name all the plants I see.
Typically, I head out for a “short, brisk” walk, and stop to take just one photo (usually of an interesting plant), and that turns into two, and that quickly turns into dozens.
Such was the case last night; and as I have not updated my blog in a while (summer being my super-busy season with work), I thought, ‘what better way to reassure you, my loyal readers, that I am in fact still alive, than to share some of these pictures with you?’
So, without further ado, here is a sampling of some of the things I see on my evening constitutionals. All were taken with just my iPhone camera.
Look for the black crested night heron, and watch out for the nettles — so pretty, until you touch them….
I hope you enjoy looking as much as I did.