Another reason to be out is to watch the forces of nature in action. As a land form built entirely by the lake currents depositing and re-arranging sand, Rondeau is particularly vulnerable to the wind and wave action. This effect is even more dramatic in the last century or so, due to the existence of the Erieau pier.
There have been some pretty wild storms over the past month......are these the 'gales of November come early' as the Gordon Lightfoot song "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" describes....or are there more to come? My guess is the latter.
I've been out along the South Point Trail several times, and from both the east and west sides. It wasn't that long ago that one could make the loop at the south end, but due to the wind and wave action, it is now almost impossible to travel the loop.
The west side section of the South Point Trail is not often travelled by many hikers.....it is a closed forest and lot greater distance to the lake. But the forest is inviting. My visit this day was not on a windy one.....I didn't want to get clobbered by a fallen branch, and the usually slow shutter speeds required for forest photography would not work with branches and leaves waving wildly in the wind.
I noticed this attractive and distinctive fungus emerging out of a fallen American Beech log.
Some readers may be aware of a pile of broken concrete in a shrubby opening visible from the south end of the trail. It is where the old septic system used to be for this washroom, and is just a few metres north of this foundation. It is likely just a matter of time when it, too, will end up on the shoreline.
I noted at least 14 Eastern Bluebirds foraging in the oak savanna along the South Point Trail, but getting an identifiable photo against that sky was almost impossible. There were likely more scattered throughout the savanna. I did not find a long-awaited Mountain Bluebird.
|Eastern Bluebird male|
I wonder what this bench will look like in the spring, after the gales of November and the wintry blasts have taken their toll?