Thursday, September 22, 2016

A Late Summer September Day At Edwards Gardens (2016)

Urban Nature

Last Sunday, we went to Edwards Gardens, our last trip of the summer to the urban oasis in Toronto. It was a warm, pleasant day (25°C, or 78°F). During our sojourns to the gardens, we tend to meet people, other nature lovers; this time it was an Hasidic family from Monsey, NY, who were visiting our city for a family engagement party. We met at the pond, while we were admiring the ducks, including the blue-winged teal (Anas discors), pictured above.

We also saw a few chipmunks (Tamias) and squirrels (Sciuridae), a blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata) and a monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus), a more common occurrence than in the last few years. We admired the bee hotel and its inhabitants, a friend of humanity. So, summer ends, as it does every year. Today at 10:21 a.m. EDT, or 14:21 UTC begins the season of Autumn or Fall, as it is often called in North America. We can expect beautiful fall foliage and bright reds, golds and yellows to dominate the skyline for a brief period.

All Photos: ©Perry J. Greenbaum, 2016

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