Saturday was forecast as a sunny/cloudy day, so I thought I'd try the east track. Perhaps the bit of red in the morning sky should have alerted me to the fact that the weather forecast meant more overcast than sunny.
The scenes are sequenced from south east to almost north east, where we'll pick up a new trail that leads to Mystic Lake or another chain of empty lakes to the north east. This is a good time to try new trails as the trails without leaves are totally visible.
I hardly ever shoot pictures of the trails and forests, so this time I decided to start. For those who have never seen the Canadian shield up close, you'll get a view of it as we're climbing the ridge outlined in the photos above. Opposite you can see the trail as it crosses a flat rock. The brown under growth are ferns so you can imagine how verdant it is in season.
The rock in front is the flat rock in the photo above.The trail meanders according to the height of the rock. This particular area is a good birch stand, and the birch pods provide food for the birds. Where there are birds and small animals there are larger animals, so this seemed like a good place to sit and wait.
The rocks are actually quite attractive. But what's amazing is that this rocky terrain sustains a forest.
I cheated here as the redpolls were photographed on the west side of the river. In the above photos you can see in the background the day growing more gray. So I lightened it a little.