Winter Hike at Hope Smith

Sunday, February 18, 2018 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

started with a bit of snow and –1 degree, but the day improved with some sun and +1 degree C. What a lovely day it turned out to be.
12 people, 3 of whom were from the Orillia Camera Club started on the Alexander Hope Smith trail. Most of us walked because the trail was quite hard with just a skiff of snow.

We saw and heard the usual assortment of mid winter sights; snow fleas, chickadees, a white breasted nuthatch, and a crow, as well as rabbit tracks and old hornet nests starting to disintegrate. We also saw a few polypore mushrooms, one being the Fomes fomentarius, known commonly as the Hoof or Tinder Polypore.

Carol found a mystery tree with interesting reddish buds. Carol now calls it a Red Maple, whose buds swell in spring.
All in all, the morning was well spent, enjoying the mild winter day.

Red Maple buds Paper wasp nest deteriorating
Springtails/ Snow fleas Polypores on Birch


Trip leader and report from Barb Ryckman  Thanks to Heather Ewing and Bill Sherwood for the photos.


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