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Now Streaming  by Sharon
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As “forest” standards go, this one is definitely on the mini side, but it’s ours and we like it. It’s a “good things come in small packages” kind of forest.

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Autumn Colours III by Sharon
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I never noticed this bridge on the other side of the little lake at the sanctuary until last year.  I’ve yet to cross this one… maybe this weekend but there’s definitely rain in the forecast… again.

Golden

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I sang of leaves, of leaves of gold, and leaves of gold there grew:

Of wind I sang, a wind there came and in the branches blew.

Beyond the Sun, beyond the Moon, the foam was on the Sea,

And by the strand of Ilmarin there grew a Golden Tree…

From Galadriel’s Song of Eldamar, Tolkien ~ LOTR (Fellowship of the Ring)

Rainy day = a good excuse for endless cuppas and rediscovering LOTR.

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Autumn Colours I by Sharon
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Have not had a chance to get to the bird sanctuary yet and considering the amount of rain that fell this past weekend, along with a monumental amount of leaves, I do hope there will be something colourful left on the branches when I do get there.  Hope to do so this weekend… weather (and time) permitting!  This one is from last year.

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Île aux Hérons Migratory Bird Sanctuary by Sharon
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The Île aux Hérons Migratory Bird Sanctuary falls under the Environment and Climate Change arm of the Federal Government of Canada. It was established in 1937 to protect an important nesting area of the Great Blue Heron and it now covers an area of 631 hectares.

I always have a little chuckle when I walk past this particular area because I cannot help but to recall a chance meeting I had a couple summers ago with one of the sanctuary’s occasional guides who are present to answer questions.  He had a telescope set up and invited me to look through to see a big old turtle which was basking on a log in the mid-day sun. The guide’s name was Philippe and he had blonde dreads and a very, very disarming gap-toothed smile.  He proceeded to provide various bits of information as to the habits of the turtle, how territorial it was, its hibernation during the winter months, etc. He also mentioned that it was not a species native to this area.  When I expressed surprise and asked him what far off and exotic place the turtle might be from, he looked at me, very straight-faced, and said that it was likely from Ontario.  Alas, my lens was not sufficient to capture the turtle on the log – I would have taken a photo of Philippe had I not been pretty certain I’d be too flustered to remember to take the lens cap off.   Blame that disarming smile… and the blonde dreads.

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Autumn Colours II by Sharon
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More colours and reflections from my meanderings around the bird sanctuary… same day last year.  Come to think of it, it is a perfect place to reflect on things!

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That Sound of October by Sharon
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If you listen carefully enough… yup, that’s the sound of another maple leaf falling into the river.

I must admit, I have a bit of woods envy in view of the vast number of spectacular photos rolling past my dashboard of late,  all showcasing splendiferous autumn vistas – so many enchanting enchanted forests… keep ‘em coming please! 🌲🌲🌲 In the meantime,  I give you my mini,  charming (if not enchanted) green space here on the big old Island of Montreal.  Did I mention we have a mountain too?  We do and I see it every day from my office window.  It’s wee, as mountains go, but it’s mine…well, ours.

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Cardinal Rule by Sharon
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I spent a little time by the river the past few days - it was nice and there were not too many people around except for the odd person x-country skiing or just out strolling like me. It was still relatively mild unlike today (and the return to work) - temps are hovering around -25C with the windchill. Must say I am glad to be indoors - not necessarily happy to be back at work but it is quiet and the traffic was light this morning. I imagine there are many who are still enjoying some remaining days of vacation. This lovely evergreen is one I have taken photos of many times. I would venture to say it is probably my second favourite tree by the river after my willow - oh, wait, since the willow was cut down last year and no longer exists as a cool spot to read on sultry summer days, I guess this officially makes the pine my fave. Oh, yeah, we finally got snow. Lots and lots of snow. C'est l'hiver.