Driving along the back roads of Kawartha Lakes (and many other rural areas in Ontario) it's fairly common to see bluebird boxes hanging on fences next to farmers' fields.
Until a few years ago, bluebirds were in serious decline due to the use of pesticides and loss of habitat, in part caused by English sparrows and starlings that vie for the same cavities bluebirds like for raising families. The bluebird population in Southern and Central Ontario is now stable, and bluebird boxes in rural areas is cited as a major reason.
Just in time for the letter O! At this moment, local deciduous woods are in bloom, filled with glorious wildflowers. And one of the stars is ONTARIO'S OFFICIAL provincial flower, the white trillium, known botanically as Trillium grandiflorum.
From my archives: the grass in this photo is actually greener than what I see out my window today. Also our trees are still bare. But the barn looks pretty much the same now as it did when I took this photo.
I am linking toBARN CHARM at Trish's Bluff Area Daily.
This locomotive - more than a century old - resides at a train museum in Brighton, Ontario. I wrote about it HERE a few weeks ago on my other blog. But I didn't show the station...
Brighton Station, built in 1857
Of 34 stations on the Grand Trunk Railway line built between Toronto and Montreal, only nine are remaining. This one closed in 1962 because there was not enough passenger traffic. This is interesting to me since just behind this station are two sets of active railway tracks - much used! In fact, as I was taking photos what should come by but...
Last year I missed the wild hepatica growing in our local forest, so this year I was determined to see and photograph them. Last Wednesday I lugged my camera into the woods but was sure I was too early. Nothing was in bloom until the path turned northerly. There facing the westerly sun were these beauties.