A very mild and unusually wet year followed by a far too warm start to autumn and a few weeks of unexpected dry weather has played around with the arrival of the real, Quebec autumn colours in the trees which ought to have been past their peak by now but in fact are only this week starting to develop. This won’t be an outstanding year for colour as we are anticipating leaves will fall off the trees almost as they change hue rather than hanging aorund to be admired.
Nevertheless, the sun was bright this morning and we needed exercise so took ourselves off the the arboretum (where else?) and came back with some pleasant memories and having had a good walk … the entry to the arboretum was “guarded” by a flock of Canada Geese hunched down in the grasses beside the road – still there when we left. Lots of American Crows wheeling and calling in flocks, a large group of White-breasted Nuthatches, Blue Jays and a couple of Woodpeckers. Just the regulars, nothing special, but we nodded to each other as we passed.
So, we walked the main, orange, trail, did a detour along part of the yellow trail past the black walnuts and into Pullin’s Pasture, looped through the Canada 150 trail and then returned via the quarry. As you couldn’t be with us, here is a fairly comprehensive set of photographs for you to enjoy. Note the flowers that were still out and the considerable quantities of walnuts on the ground – someone will be feasting on them soon.
Here are the images, first in a “slideshow” that you can sit back and walk through the forest alongside us and then in a gallery to dip in and out of (click any image to see a picture at full size)