Wednesday Walk ~ Late Afternoon on the Old Quarry Trail

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Every year, I try to photograph the trees at their peak of fall beauty. I look for a sunny day with blue sky and I know I will get good pictures, however some years turn out like this year with rain or an overcast sky on the days I wanted.

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Yesterday, I didn't arrive at the nearby Old Quarry Trail, a 2.7 km (1.68 mile) loop, until late afternoon. I have been walking this trail often but without a camera, my camera currently in the shop and I don't really like carrying my iPad on a hike.

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The shadows were pretty long but there would still be light for some time. We take the fork to the right.

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Every time I reach this part, I remember my first winter cross-country skiing here and how this was an awkward part.

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The trail circles a swamp that lies in the depression formed when an underground cavern collapsed under the weight of a great glacier. This is your introduction to one of the local residents; a beaver is in the process of felling this tree.

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About now, I realized I wanted to photograph fall colours but had chosen a trail without many maple trees.

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There are several boardwalks. As this trail is almost in town, it has more walkers than most and I always imagine myself re-enacting a Robin Hood and Little John moment when we meet.

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The bulrushes (cattails) are taller than me!

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The water is deeper from the recent rains and I know there will be some mud ahead.

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This is always the worst section but I can cross on the logs. We are on the far side of the swamp/lake now.

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I spot two people up ahead as I skirt the last bit of mud.

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Most of the bush is mixed coniferous and species such as birch and poplars. This is a clump of old cedars.

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Finally some colour!

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The bright area in the background is the swamp in the depression. I was reading about it on a sign nearby when I suddenly had company so I held my hand out and it landed.

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This time I came prepared and at one point nine little birds had sequentially landed, snatched a sunflower seed or two, and flown off again.

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I was told they are more likely to come to you at this time of year as they prepare for winter.

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The National Capital Commission (NCC) owns and maintains the trails. Incidentally, the Old Quarry Trail is a gateway to other trails in the nearby Stony Swamp.

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The sun is setting on the swamp.

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Golden hour.

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Leaving the depression, we climb back into the setting sun.

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This area has been reforested with pine trees.

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Some misfortune in its past has produced a tree shaped like a chair.

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And I follow the last hundred meters (110 yards) of trail back to the parking lot.

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I am reminded as I leave how lucky we are to have nature this close to the city, and I'm reminded because I am literally looking towards a mall while waiting for a stoplight to change.

References

NCC ~ Old Quarry Trail Trail
Old Quarry Trail
Robin Hood and Little John

Images

Photos from the iPad of @kansuze on the Old Quarry Trail, Kanata (Ottawa), Canada.

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I hope you enjoyed our walk!
@kansuze



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I love boardwalks going through marshy areas…
Our trees are just starting to turn here..

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I like boardwalks too and it beats the alternative. I think we're past our peak with the leaves and the rain took many of them down, but I will try to get some colour a few more times.

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I love trails like that boardwalks over marshy areas and beautiful trees and vegetation how cool the birds are fresh m your hand

The last couple of years I haven’t had much luck catching the fall colors but I was able to catch some this past Tuesday

Thanks for joining Wednesday Walk :), I truly enjoy exploring the world virtually each Wednesday seeing walks from all around the globe and feeling I am there and experiencing it all myself, such as I did in your post just now :)

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I am jealous of your tame nuthatches. I think there are too many feeders around here for them to be tempted from being hand fed.

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It might partly be the time of year, but these birds aren't even needing tempting. I held out my hand and they landed. At most, I had 3 on my arm at one time. My friend was sure we had 100 landings, probably the same 20 birds over and over.

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Oh what a lovely, refreshing walk in nature!

And the little birds pinching you seeds are adorable.

Just how privileged did you feel when they landed on your hand, so trusting of you!

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