A few thousand years ago as the last age was melting, what is now Montreal was mostly at the bottom of a huge sea. Gradually the water levels fell and islands appeared. This bank was once a lakeshore shelving down into the water and this forest is now growing on what was once a sandy beach.
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.
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 ;)
We are having to a do a lot of very local walking during these socially distant months – this is just down the road on the other side of the small neighbourhood park. It’s a narrow strip of trees on either side of this seasonal stream and seems very popular with several species of Woodpeckers, especially thr Pileateds, for nesting opportunities.