2020 Wanderings – April Edition

Hello!  As I write this, it is December 1, 2020 – and it has been quite a year.
I hope this first post in awhile finds you as well as can be expected.   My website was down for awhile but it is now resurrected, and I will start to share my wanderings with you again.   Beginning with April.

Hepatica: A spring ephemeral flower that reminds us that nothing lasts forever

This year has been challenging, of course. But it has also given me the time and space to really tune in to the rhythms of nature around me. I have slowed down, looked deeper, learned and listened more. I have had surreal moments like when I was walking on top of a hill looking at the sky and there were no jet trails at all. I realized I had not seen or heard an airplane in the sky for many days.

Wake Robin Trillium

This spring I was so grateful that I live in a very quiet part of the world, where I can just go out into the woods at any time.  With so many places closed this spring, including provincial and local parks, I spent a lot of time around home, poking around in the forest.

Spring Beauty

I got to know the patterns and behaviours of local wildlife even better, and was home to witness the return of local birds to their breeding territories, some after long northern migrations.

A pair of Hooded Mergansers on our pond

Turkey Vultures in love – nest in the barn across the street after returning from Central America

Eastern Bluebirds overwinter here, but go looking for homes as early as April

Red Bellied Woodpeckers stay the winter here but start to look for the perfect tree hole in the spring

Trout Lily

By late April things really started to change, with the first warblers of the season and an influx of tiny kinglets (those are birds!).   The photos below are from the beaver pond across the street.

Palm Warbler

Ruby Crowned Kinglet

In the days ahead I am going to be sorting out my photos from this year and making more blogs. I invite you to follow along on my wanderings.

Nature reminds us that no matter what things are like at the moment, they will always change.

Perhaps a little retrospective wander through nature in the year of the pandemic will help us keep that in mind.



  1. Oh Leslie, your photos are magical. Yes, it’s been quite a year. I hope all is well,

    • Hi Yvette, thanks for checking in! I hope all is well with you too! Maybe we will get some plovers this year at the beach!

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