Backyard Trails - Serene Nature Walks

In our backyard...

I am blessed with an abundance of natural beauty, just minutes from my doorstep. Every weekend, we use the excuse of needing to walk the dogs, and drive to one of the many Provincial parks in the area, where we spend the goodly part of two hours on our walking holiday, enjoying nature at it's best.

Since Autumn is one of the prettiest seasons of the year, I rarely go anywhere without my camera. Some of the shots I have included are for my personal enjoyment, and to let you meet some of my family members. That said, I hope you enjoy my little walking tour.

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Older than dirt...

The immesity and majesty of this particular park never ceases to amaze me. In places, the trails are wide and peaceful, used by hikers, riders and bikers alike. When you explore the forest floor, off to the sides of the trails, the sound of your footsteps are muffled in the thick carpet of moss.

Autumns wardrobe

If you pause for a moment in the quiet, and look around, you can see how the different species of trees blend their colours together, adding a unique dimension to the surroundings.

Size does matter

I still feel awed every time I walk these paths. Huge trees tower over your head, filtering the sunlight, giving the forest a cool, shaded but not overly dark appearance.

Godlight

When the sun does manage to break through the canopy, the results are stunning. Nature's spotlight illuminates the mossy stage in preparation for the performance of a lifetime.

Bygone giants

Everywhere you look, you can see the remains of once regal giants, long-gone now. Imagine what this land must have looked like 100 years ago, when these behemoths walked the forests.

Man eating trees?

I managed to find the elusive and very dangerous man eating trees, the First Nations people warned us about. As you can see by the picture below, this one is still quite young, but none the less you can see the beginnings of teeth, and the obvious anticipation as it awaits its next meal!

Actually, I couldn't resist the beauty of this fungus with the dew still laden on the milk white sponge. (It does resemble a mouth though don't you think?)

Look waaaay up...

I couldn't help feeling small as I leaned back and looked skyward for this shot.

Greenbeard

The spanish moss flourishes in the northern forests, but this particular greenbeard is a magnificent example of the wardrobe nature provides her inhabitants.

The Well of Life

At the end of this particular trail we were treated to one of natures most impressive spectacles. Only one week earlier, this creek bed was a tiny trickle that could be stepped over without fear of a soaking. Now, however, the crossing is impossible without a lifeline and wetsuit!

All too short

I almost feel as if I have cheated you. These pictures are only a few that were taken during the outing. We enjoyed the beauty of our surroundings for the better part of two hours, and I am only giving you a teeny taste of the serenity we had the pleasure to enjoy.

I do, however, hope that you have enjoyed your peek inside my 'backyard'. I hope to be able to share a few other jaunts with my family members for your pleasure. "Y'all come back now, ya hear?"

© 2009 Enelle Lamb

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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank you so much for a very interesting and enlighten hub. Thank you for sharing it. creativone59


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Enelle Lamb 6 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

creativeone59 - I'm happy you enjoyed my little jaunt! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

What great pictures Enelle! Much of this reminds me of my days in New Hampshire and New Paltz, NY. Thank you for sharing this. My favorite shot of your was the skyward shot and the shot of the creek.

Congrats on 200 fans Enelle!


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Enelle Lamb 6 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

Hi dohn! It's always such a pleasure when you drop in! So glad you liked the pictures - it was such a great photo opportunity, I couldn't resist. Thanks for noticing the 200 fans :D was thrilled to see that!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

I enjoyed this very much Enelle! I envy you for your beautiful "backyard". It looks like a photographer's haven! My fav photos are: the sunlight peeping through, the view upwards, the moss and the creek.

I love your subtitles too! - autumn's wardrobe, greenbeard, etc.

Yes, the fungus does look like a mouth with teeth showing. How big is this?

Thank you very much for sharing!


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Lisa Luv 6 years ago from Conneticut, USA

Wow --what a lovely walk! Excellent! Thank YOU!


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Feline Prophet 6 years ago from India

Such beautiful pictures, Enelle. How fortunate you are to be able to spend time amongst such lovely surroundings!


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livingsta 6 years ago from United Kingdom

Oh my GOD...they are amazing..you must be really lucky to live in such a wonderful place...thank you for sharing Enelle Lamb


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RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

Gorgeous pictures, Enelle. Thanks so much for sharing your backyard. Is that your son? My goodness, he's grown so much since the last pictures! Looks like they're all enjoying the day. You're so lucky to have such a beautiful place to be able to walk together.


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Enelle Lamb 6 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

Such wonderful comments from everyone!

Hello Jill, I agree - I really like those ones too. I had so much fun taking the pictures I just had to share them on here! The fungus was approximately the size of my fist - if you look closely you will see another one further down the tree...

Lisa - It was a wonderful walk - I look forward to another one next weekend!

Hello FP - so nice of you to drop by :D - I'm pleased you like my pictures - I think the scenery is amazing, but that could be a tad biased lol...

Livingsta - thank you thank you :D - I live in the second largest rain forest on the planet, and I love it!

Welcome Red - it's always a pleasure! Yes that is my son, and he has grown quite a bit since I posted the first pictures of him. He loves walking in this particular park - just as much as the dogs I think LOL!


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lyla 6 years ago from India

WOW!You are so very lucky to have such an awesome 'backyard'!The pics are stunning and thank you soo..soo much for sharing.Just wonderful!


nitin 6 years ago

it is great.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

these are beautiful ones....I want to have a backyad like that,,,maybe one day, i kept on dreaming about it..salamat (thanks) for posting this one..


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Jerilee Wei 6 years ago from United States

Such a nice visual stroll that great eased my mind just looking at the pictures. You are one lucky duck to be where you are.


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Enelle Lamb 6 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

Hi lyla, Yes, I am most lucky :D thank you for such a wonderful compliment - I'm so glad you enjoyed my photos!

nitin - thanks for stopping by :)

prettydarkhorse - salamat for teaching me a new word and for the lovely compliment - keep dreaming - you will get it one day :D (p.s. what language is salamat?)

Hi Jerilee - I agree! It is so peaceful and serene - you would love walking those trails.


startinganewhub 6 years ago

wow soooo beautiful..


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wannabwestern 6 years ago from The Land of Tractors

You do live in a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing your photos.


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Enelle Lamb 6 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

startinganewhub - thanks for the compliment! Good to see you stop by :)

wannabwestern - You are most welcome - I'm happy you enjoyed the pictures of my backyard!


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Mrs. Obvious 6 years ago from Northern California

Love your photos Enelle. These are my favorite type of forests. I really liked this hub. You should publish some more of your photos!


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Enelle Lamb 6 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

Mrs. Obvious - Thank you for your kind comments :) I have been thinking about putting up more of my pictures - I do have quite a few left over lol...


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EllenGraeger 6 years ago from Madrid

That's like in a fairy tail. Where do you live ? In Wonderland ? Thanks for sharing.


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Enelle Lamb 6 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

Hi EllenGraeger, and welcome! Sometimes I feel like I'm in wonderland...it's that darn cat LOL


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Sally's Trove 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

I probably didn't know I needed some peace and tranquility today until I stumbled upon this Hub.

"...the sound of your footsteps are muffled in the thick carpet of moss." This phrase of yours brought back memories of a favorite place of mine in the USA's northeastern forest. A place where, in the winter, footsteps are muffled by snow and decomposing leaves, a place where, if you stop for a moment on a calm winter day, all you hear is the beating of your own heart.

You did an awesome job of conveying what you felt on your journey. Thank you so much...I needed that!


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Enelle Lamb 6 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

Sally's Trove - thank you for the lovely compliment, I'm so pleased you enjoyed walking with me. It really is a lovely park, so quiet and peaceful :D

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