August’s full Moon in Ontario, Canada has traditionally been called the Sturgeon Moon because the giant sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this part of summer. Earlier this August, on the evening of August 11th, the full moon was closer to the Earth than usual making it appear all that much larger hence it being called the Sturgeon supermoon.
It was with great excitement that Bob and I learned of some American White Pelicans visiting Second Marsh in Oshawa. They are such a rare beauty on the shores of Lake Ontario. We wasted no time in going to see them.
After a stretch of very hot weather, Bob and I were desperate to get out for a hike. The Beare Hill Wetlands in Rouge National Urban Park, in northeast Toronto, Ontario, seemed a logical place to explore. Among the various butterflies and insects sighted that day, we also managed to pick out some Eastern Gray Treefrogs.
The first day of summer in Saskatchewan broke rainy and cool with the mercury sitting at 9° Celsius at 10 a.m. Despite the bleak morning, our spirits were lifted by a candlelit breakfast since the power had been knocked out in Val Marie. Although we were sad to leave Grasslands National Park, our next destination, Great Sand Hills Ecological Reserve, promised to deliver a unique experience. Read more
Before leaving the area around Rocky Harbour, and heading up the Great Northern Peninsula in Newfoundland, there were a couple of additional trails calling our names. Near Lomond, Southeast Brook Falls required a short hike through a balsam fir and white birch forest. Read more
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