Sunday, September 27, 2009

Margin Notes: Birds, Bees, Simcoe Cats

A bumble bee enjoyed a flower near The Junction in Toronto, Ontario on 24-September-2009

TORONTO, ONTARIO - I wore a jacket for the first time since a late July shower on Friday. It was a sure sign that summer has indeed ended in the last week. Summer may be over, but there are still a lot of flowers around Toronto inviting insects to pollinate them. At times this week, I almost thought it was spring--for example when catching the above bumble bee near The Junction or when walking with Governor Simcoe along the Humber River.

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Governor John Graves Simcoe came out of the forest near the Humber River in Toronto, Ontario on 26-September-2009

At least, it sure looked like I was walking with Simcoe. On Saturday, a "Simcoe Walk" was held re-enacting the first day of a 1793 walk that the Governor took north from Fort Toronto along the aboriginal Toronto Carrying Place to his first campsite located near what is now near Eglinton Avenue and the Humber River in Toronto. A local--and I mean local; he lives in Swansea not far from the Carrying Place--historical actor played the role of Simcoe during the walk.

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Walk leader Madeleine McDowell did not miss a beat as a cat decided to steal everyone's attention early in the Simcoe Walk on 26-September-2009

During the Simcoe walk, people came and went (mostly went as the walk was over five hours), but the most amusing moment may have come when a cat decided to check out what was happening and crashed one of the talks along the Humber River. The feline soaked up a lot of attention during that stop, but didn't follow along the Carrying Place.

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One of the largest groups of birds I have ever seen in Toronto was noted above the Humber River near the Eglinton Flats on 26-September-2009

If the cat had stayed with the group to the end, she might have scared away all the birds encountered near the camp site. It may be migration season, but the sounds and sights of the sheer number of birds encountered north of Eglinton Avenue along the Humber River was something I had personally never experienced in the city.

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The birds may have been high, but the CN Tower at 553 metres is higher and still resides in the Guinness Book of World Records. Recently, Guinness recognized the CN Tower as the tallest communication tower in the world, since it is no longer the tallest free-standing structure. However, as communication towers in China and Japan are planned to exceed 600 metres, it won't be long until the CN Tower is only the tallest concrete communications tower in the world.

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