Strolling In Limerick Forest

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December 12th 2021
Published: December 28th 2021
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The ecstasy of smells!
Even in winter, the nature reserve “Limerick Forest” delighted our eyes with endless vistas of tall and tumbled trees along a leaf-strewn path. Incidental sheets of thin ice crackled under-foot, some just deep enough to wet the toes of our shoes, but easily avoided. My niece and great-nieces brought me to this still woodland for exercise and fresh air.

Slightly frozen puddles drew their two dogs, Quiche and Newt, into the ecstasy of wet skin, further scrubbed by vigorous rolling in patches of thin snow. The animals’ unbridled joy burst into super-sonic races amongst the trees, terminating in playful, noisy tussles. Daunted only by being placed on leashes when their barking became hysterical, they forgave and forgot the moment freedom was restored.
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A boardwalk carried us over the delicate marsh-land by the lake. Winter blue reflected from the sky onto the surface. Straw-yellow clumps of grasses dotted the water and the shore-line. Beavers had built two lodges in the still water. Quiet fell on us from the motionless scene and our peaceful spirits.

Later, back at my sister’s house overlooking a placid stream, three otters swam into the depths and brought out fish for their lunch. Followed even
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later by a flock of wild turkeys feasting on bugs and grubs in the faded lawn.
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Limerick Forest Limerick Forest
Limerick Forest

Our entry into the quiet woods
Snow melt pond in the trees Snow melt pond in the trees
Snow melt pond in the trees

Scattered mirrors in the forest
Deadfall alive with micro-lifeDeadfall alive with micro-life
Deadfall alive with micro-life
A girl and her dogA girl and her dog
A girl and her dog
Leaves frozen in the iceLeaves frozen in the ice
Leaves frozen in the ice
Crunchy reminder of FallCrunchy reminder of Fall
Crunchy reminder of Fall
Boardwalk over the marshBoardwalk over the marsh
Boardwalk over the marsh
Marsh around the lakeMarsh around the lake
Marsh around the lake
Beaver lodge Beaver lodge
Beaver lodge
Otter eating fish Otter eating fish
Otter eating fish

Watching a live catch!
Otter with fish Otter with fish
Otter with fish

Edible bliss!
Three otters!Three otters!
Three otters!
Reflections in a stream Reflections in a stream
Reflections in a stream

Early winter thaw
Wild turkey flock Wild turkey flock
Wild turkey flock

On a routine visit to the yard
Wild turkey alert for noiseWild turkey alert for noise
Wild turkey alert for noise
Wild turkeys finding tiny bits of foodWild turkeys finding tiny bits of food
Wild turkeys finding tiny bits of food
Patterns on wild turkeys Patterns on wild turkeys
Patterns on wild turkeys
Reflections cracked by iceReflections cracked by ice
Reflections cracked by ice

28th December 2021

Haven't been there in ages
I grew up in Brockville and Limerick Forest was a weekend afternoon outing for us. It was always a magical place and it still appears to be so. Perhaps the next time I visit my sister in Smiths Falls we will take a stroll in Limerick Forest. Thanks, Judith.
4th January 2022

Visiting Limerick Forest
Joan, nice to know that you are still reading my blog. Limerick Forest is a calm place to visit.
28th December 2021

Excellent videos
Both videos are excellent at giving a sense of the experience. Those dogs were ecstatic, indeed - their enthusiasm is contagious, but I lack the energy to match them. The otters were likewise great - I really liked the bit where one popped up through the thin ice, like a pond gopher.
4th January 2022

Pond Gopher
I didn't think of such a simile, and that does so exactly describe the otter popping up for a look.
1st January 2022

Newt and Quiche
We should all learn to find such joy in a late autumn walk in the forest like Newt and Quiche.
4th January 2022

Dog Ecstasy
Pure joy brings us joy, too.

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