Sunday, October 23, 2011

Late autumn

Another restful walk home from the other side of the Minto Bridges and along the river banks this afternoon. Next week the clocks are put back for the start of winter time, although there is still plenty of colour and life around us, crows cawing from the unity tower, seagulls squawking from the fence posts on Green Island (where we've also twice seen a rabbit sitting in the grass after dark this month––the same one?), ducks on the water.

Some of the small trees growing on the banks are covered with black berries: I think they are either chokeberries (Aronia Melanocarpa, or some kind of buckthorn.

Water levels look very low in both the Ottawa River and the Rideau at the moment with stony beaches emerging; no doubt they'll disappear again soon. The Rideau Canal was already drained of most of its water a couple of weeks ago and won't take boats through the city again for another 5 or 6 months now.

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