When people fell trees and then chip them to make the place look tidy they lose the opportunity to leave a beautiful mossy log to decay and provide habitat for fungi and insects and the small creatures that eat them.
The arboretum has a number of memorial benches (good fund raiser) – on hot days they can be exceptionally welcome to the walkers passing by. This one is in the middle of the oldest (maple) sugar bush on Montreal island.
We happened upon this well-nourished deer in the arboretum a day or two ago and spent a few minutes staring at each other. It knew we were there but apart from showing a little caution it didn’t really seem unduly worried.
Three years ago a group of Arboretum volunteers created the “Canada 150 Trail” to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the creation of Canada.Quite by chance it was found this year that the Birch Alley that forms part of the trail is directly oriented towards the setting sun for the few days around mid-summer’s day, the Summer Equinox.
Absolutely NO adjustments to the colour saturation was made in preparing these photographs – these colours are what our eyes saw. Well, what oour eyes saw through the clouds of ravenous mosquitoes, that is ;)