19 August 2011

Side-road scenes

I usually think of the tree-webs of the fall web worm as rather disfiguring. But with the early-morning sun shining through them, they're transformed into something more magical:


I've been meaning to take a picture of this building for a while now. It's a transplanted church which is now part of the Closson Chase vineyard. Its unusual roof design is a tribute to the fifteenth-century Hospices de Beaune in Burgundy, famous for its vineyards. Closson Road is the core of Prince Edward County's wine region - there is just one vineyard after another as you travel down it.


On my ride this morning I turned off Closson Road and took the Millennium Trail back to Lake Consecon. I paused a few times to take photos. The subject of this next one literally stopped me in my tracks.


I think it's a Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago). Aren't those berries beautiful?

 Back when I visited the Art Gallery of Ontario in February, I decided that my favourite Canadian painting of those on display was this one by Franklin Carmichael of Cranberry Lake:


I was rather taken aback then, this morning, to be confronted with a very similar view on my bike ride: a hidden cluster of flooded trees.


I also found this single red maple leaf on the path. I'm going to take it as a good omen for the Canadian citizenship test that Mike and I will be taking next week...

5 comments:

Lisa from Iroquois said...

I loath those tree webs. All I see are the little worms coming out en mass and munching their way through my yard. When I was younger, living in New Brunswick, I remember that my Dad and Grandfather would create long handled torches and burn them out of the shrubs and trees where they could be reached.

On a happier note - good luck with your citizenship test next week :)

Cassy said...

Good luck for the citizenship test.
The Nannyberry looks so beautiful.

Cassy from Acoustic Guitar Lessons

Amanda said...

If it's any consolation Lisa, I don't think the caterpillars eat anything other than the ash tree leaves. But the webs aren't that pretty to look at.

Thanks for the good luck wishes. Nervous...

Mo said...

Absolutely lovely pictures Amanda. You have such a real talent! Good luck for next week. I am sure you will be just fine.

Amanda said...

Thanks Mo! This time tomorrow it'll all be over. Will report back...