Port Burwell

closeup image of christmas fern frondI got to spend the weekend camping at Port Burwell Provincial Park.

It was ostensibly a birding weekend, but I don’t have lenses for wildlife photography. I did check out the birds, but my photos were much closer to the ground.

close up macro image of the spadix of a jack in the pulpitHere’s a Jack sitting in his pulpit. This forest was filled with them.

image of a wild strawberry bud and leaves with droplets of water on each serationThere were budding berries everywhere. And at dawn, the strawberries were holding a tiny bead of water on each serration of its leaves.

close up image of a strawberry floret in the early morning sun with dew on the tips of thepetalsWe’re definitely coming close to local strawberry season. I can’t wait to bite into my first one of the year.

close up image of a dandelion rosetteOf course, there was the odd dandelion. Handsome flowers they are, even if they’re weeds.

close up macro image of moss and lichen on a fallen logMoss and lichen were flourishing from the recent rains.

close up image of a downy yellow violet flowerAnd this tiny Downy Yellow Violet seemed quite happy to spring up out of the detritus on the forest floor.

image of port burwell 7beach looking out over the water with a family of four walking in the distance toward the water, it is a windy dayI had forgotten that the Sunday was mothers’ day.

image of port burwell beach looking out over the water, the mottled clouds and water are the same toneOne of the last things I talked about with my mother before she died was how much she loved to float on her back in the summers we spent at Lake Erie.

image of port burwell beach looking out over the water wich reflects the diffuse lightSo now, it seems, whenever I’m near Lake Erie, I feel like I can wave and say ‘hello.’

image of port burwell beach looking out over the waterSo when I realized that I was near the lake, I had to go down to do just that.

image of port burwell beach looking out over the water with a single seagull flying toward shoreHi mom.

image of port burwell beach looking out over the water toward the lighthouseI miss you.

I hope you’re enjoying the view.

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