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Old November 13th, 2016, 03:42 AM   #41
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Great pictures! The colors of nature are simply beautiful in your country.
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Old November 13th, 2016, 04:54 PM   #42
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Many thanks, christos and gratteciel. More beautiful Fall colours to come very soon!
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Old November 14th, 2016, 04:09 PM   #43
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Rock Garden (November)




The Rock Garden of the Royal Botanical Gardens of Canada is located off York Boulevard in Hamilton.
It's about 1 km north of the six bridges (three road and three rail) over the Desjardins Canal cut.




The Rock Garden is completely surrounded by the tangle of highways and rail lines that converge on the isthmus.
(The body of water to the left is Cootes Paradise, the one to the right Burlington Bay).
Yet though there is a background roar of traffic and the Garden is periodically shaken by passing freight trains, you soon stop noticing the commotion.
The Garden promotes an inner peace that is almost spiritual.




This spot was once a gravel pit for railroad ballast.
After the Royal Botanical Gardens were established, the pit was painstakingly transformed into a rock garden according to the plans of Toronto landscape architect Carl Borgstrom, and completed in 1931.




In more recent times, the Rock Garden has been completely and superbly refurbished and updated.

November would hardly seem the right time of year to visit a Garden known for floral displays.
And yet this month shows the Garden to advantage, and on weekdays you are likely to have the place almost to yourself.




You enter through this newly constructed pavilion ...




... which in reverse angle looks like this.


A circular upper path offers viewpoints of the lower part of the Garden ...










... there’s a strong Japanese influence in both design and content ...




... such as this footbridge ...




... the reflecting pool ...




... and the Japanese maples with their sensational splashes of colour ...




... and though it’s late in the Fall, there are still a few hardy blooms on show, like this bank of shrub roses.

[To be continued]

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Old November 14th, 2016, 09:43 PM   #44
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What a wonderful garden!
Thank you for showing, Why-Why!
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Old November 15th, 2016, 08:39 PM   #45
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This year’s autumnal colours have been particularly rich,in Britain, due to the prolonged mild period we have been having. Looking beautiful in Dundas too.
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Old November 16th, 2016, 04:28 PM   #46
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Many thanks, yansa and Jane.

Yes, Jane, the Fall here has been exceptionally long and mild There are still roses and passion flowers blooming in Dundas front gardens. We expect a steep fall in temperature this coming weekend, however.
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Old November 17th, 2016, 04:40 PM   #47
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(More) Rock Garden (November)

These speak for themselves:







































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Old November 17th, 2016, 05:16 PM   #48
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great pictures! so beautiful!
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Old November 18th, 2016, 08:35 AM   #49
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What a joy for the eye and for the heart!
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Old November 20th, 2016, 06:13 PM   #50
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Thank you so much, Romashka and yansa.

As the weather remains fine, we'll take the chance to continue our exploration of the many walking trails in the Dundas area...
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Old November 20th, 2016, 06:30 PM   #51
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Waterfront Trail (to Hamilton Harbour)




This Trail (the red line on the map) is a continuation of the Desjardins Trail.
We will be following it west to east.




We begin at the canal cut where we ended our hike along the Desjardins Trail.
This is the view looking back towards Cootes Paradise.
Only the bottom part of the high-level bridge is visible behind the nearer railroad bridge.
There’s a crudely painted sign in the middle of the nearer bridge ...




... perhaps suggesting that one of the construction workers is a fan of Titanic.




Now we have reversed direction and are heading south-east toward Hamilton Harbour.
On this section of trail it's easy to forget that this is a highly industrialized landscape with a massive rail yard just metres away inshore.




There’s a string of small artificial islands just offshore, very popular with waterfowl.
That’s Woodland Cemetery in Burlington across the water.




This 6-metre-wide, well-surfaced Trail gets positively crowded during the summer.
It’s a fine, cool day in late Fall, but there are only a few people about ...




... and the less athletic ones seem dressed for a blizzard.




The Trail slowly turns eastward, so that behind us the high-level bridge and the nearby construction cranes come into view, the Escarpment looming in the background.
There a stiff breeze and the water is choppy ...




... but as there hasn’t yet been a killing frost, there’s still a lot of colour in the tangled shrubbery along the water’s edge.

[To be continued]

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Nice jogging pic and beautiful landscape!
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Really nice pictures!
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Gorgeous colors, great pictures!
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Old November 23rd, 2016, 02:47 PM   #55
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Many thanks to yansa, gratteciel, and Benonie for your kind comments.

More Waterfront Trail coming very soon.
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Old November 23rd, 2016, 02:58 PM   #56
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Harbourfront Trail (concluded)



This corner of Hamilton Harbour has a secluded, rustic feel.




On the opposite shore, two elderly bearded gentlemen are deeply involved ...




... in a game of tossing beer cans into a garbage bin from a measured distance ...




... while a gull, which looks as if it’s seen just about everything, watches askance.




Now we are entering the marina area of the Harbour ...




... where boats are being removed by crane from the water and wrapped up before winter freeze-up.




There’s a West Coast look to some of the houses overlooking the marina.

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Old November 23rd, 2016, 03:07 PM   #57
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And now two little mysteries:




1. Why is the parking lot of the Leander Boat Club full of production trailers?




The answer would seem to be found on this yellow sign ...




... and on another by the entrance of the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club.
Evidently a new episode of the acclaimed sci-fi TV series Black Mirror is being filmed in the vicinity.




And 2. Why is the national flag at half-mast?




The answer to this one's on the destination sign--“LEST WE FORGET”--of a bus that comes by just as we reach a Harbourside coffee shop and the end of today’s Trail:




It's Remembrance Day, of course!

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Delightful pictures!
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Old November 28th, 2016, 05:30 PM   #59
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Many thanks, Romashka, very kind. And thanks, too, to Skopje, Hart van Zeeland, yansa, gratteciel, Jane, Benonie, General Electric, and other "like"-minded folks.

New stuff to follow very soon...
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Old November 28th, 2016, 05:58 PM   #60
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Bruce Trail I: Dundas Valley Conservation Area to King Street, Dundas




Map detail courtesy of Bruce Trail Conservancy https://www.torontobrucetrailclub.or...cy/BTC-map.pdf

The Bruce Trail is Canada’s oldest and most famous long-distance footpath.
It runs 894 km from Queenston on the Niagara River to Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsula, which juts into Lake Huron.
The section of Trail marked with a dark line on the map above shows only the southernmost 180 km.
Serious hikers take big backpacks and three months out of their lives to do an end-to-end hike.
Non-serious ones, such as myself, are content to do bits and pieces whenever time, opportunity, and good weather combine.
The red highlight on the dark line ...




... is expanded in the map above. This is a walk of about 4.5 km.

The Bruce Trail generally follows the erratic course of the Niagara Escarpment.
At Dundas, the Escarpment makes a great U-turn, but the Trail takes a short cut.
Leaving the edge of the westbound leg of the U, the Trail crosses the floor of the Valley from south to north, then bears right to pick up the eastbound leg of the U.
Our walk will therefore be half Valley, half foot-of-the-Escarpment.




We begin where all major local trails meet, Sulphur Springs “station” in the Dundas Valley Conservation Area.


Before setting out we are confronted with a series of cautionary signs ...












... but finally we’re on the Bruce, as that white oblong blaze on the tree confirms.
The Trail is excellently waymarked, with at least one blaze almost always within eyeshot.
We’ll need to keep an eye out for those white blazes, as in the Fall the Trail is often obscured by fallen leaves.




Quickly the Trail becomes more rustic ...




... with typical, delightful BT features like this ladder ...




... this wooden bridge over a rushing creek ...




... and this abandoned barn.





But just as civilization seems to be receding, we find ourselves on the verge of Governors Road (now Hwy 99).
Based on a First Nation trail, it was constructed as a military road in 1793, and is the oldest highway in Upper Canada.
It runs from what is now Dundas westward through the Valley and up a low point on the Escarpment’s westward end (the bottom of the U).
We cross over the road and go east for a short distance along the shoulder.
Clumps of cars parked on the side of roads are typical of BT territory.
Such unofficial parking lots are often the only convenient way to access sections of Trail.

[To be continued]

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