A Place to Walk: A Naturalist's Journal of the Lake Ontario by Aleta Karstad

By Aleta Karstad

What do skilled box naturalists observe after they discover the seriously populated Lake Ontario coastline as though they have been surveying a desolate tract for the 1st time? during this superbly illustrated publication, Aleta Karstad takes you on a trip of discovery alongside the direction of the Lake Ontario Waterfront path. Listening for calling frogs in spring, turning stones, sampling coastline waft, deciding upon vegetation and animals, Karstad and her husband, herpetologist Frederick W. Schueler, find a wealth of ordinary existence, occasionally in unforeseen areas. The day trip magazine, illustrated through Aleta Karstad's based drawings and mild watercolours, takes up the place well known box publications go away off. it's a advisor and suggestion for readers to discover their very own area with clean eyes, with a call for participation to help in tracking animal groups.

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Where Valley Inn Road goes under the CP tracks, he found a bush of delicious yellow-fruiting Black Raspberries. Unlike the neighbouring black fruit, they appeared to be untouched by birds or by People other than Fred. He cycled along Woodlands Cemetery's smooth paved roads past the steep path down to Carrolls Point, and out on Spring Garden Road and Hwy 2 to Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, above Willow Point. On the sloping bluff, a forest of exotic trees, Norway and Sycamore maples, and Black Locust, seeded from cemetery plantings screened his view of the harbour.

The beaches, almost bare of drift, seemed to be mostly made of gravel aggregate crumbled from rounded asphalt slabs, which led him to wonder how the complex hydrocarbons of asphalt affect the lake. Heading out of the park to the northeast, he passed a narrow ditch with a sparse stand of aquatic plants, and a muddy lagoon of Banff-green water, which communicates with the lake through a culvert. Clumps of both Typha latifolia and Typha angustifolia had been planted in the lagoon and were badly trampled by either People or Geese in their abundance.

On the far side of the parking lot an aggregation of youths careen and flip on skateboards. Cars swish by in a continuous, spacedout stream, making it difficult to cross the street. A Mulberry tree with dark green, mitten-shaped leaves offers us glossy sweet berries on its lower branches, and long-winged moths swarm to the flowers of a Linden tree. We picked a handful of them, musky sweet, to dry for tea. A 40-unit condominium is planned for the neighbouring lot. " Huge blocks of quarried limestone are built up above the lake like a castle wall in a tale of dragons.

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