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Jan 25, 2011

Green Lane is white

I walked the Green Lane (a.k.a. 16th Sideroad or the Oak Ridges Trail) between the 6th and 7th Concessions of King today.   It's very popular with hikers, skiers, and birders (me).   I saw a Hairy Woodpecker, but not much else, birdwise.   I took some pictures however and include some here, with a bit of verse.
Zaina's swain carved her name
In a tree for all to see.

The promise of warmth...awaiting a hearth

Typical trees of the Oak Ridges Moraine
Left to right are Beech, Silver Maple and Paper Birch trees found along the Green Lane/Oak Ridges Moraine Trail in King Township.   Smooth gray Beech bark always makes me think of dolphin skin.   The scaley older bark of the Silver Maple tends to flake off leaving brown spots, and it's not hard to see how the Paper Birch bark is a favourite tinder for campfires.   Even when wet, the papery sheets of older bark are highly flammable and perfect fire-starters.
Please comment if you wish.                           Photos and verse by BarrytheBirder

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