All photos taken on March 23, 2023.
Spring is coming or so we are told. We have been waiting for the spring closure notice to go up on the website, but it is late this year. However, on arrival at Bunchberry Meadows this morning, a notice was posted stating that this year’s spring closure will be from April 3 to May 23.
Alright then, lets make the best of the time remaining.
Hiking on Borrowed Time ©
Blinding light from above
on gleaming icy sheen.
Cloudless skies, brightest blue
the best we’ve ever seen.
Snow, then ice, then grass
along pathways sublime.
Access soon to close, we’re
hiking on borrowed time.
The parking lot was empty this morning.
We have been told.
Even on the cold days, the melt is on. The picnic tables are almost usable.
The snow has a shiny hard crust on it
You can see far into the forest, but you still can’t spot the deer
Grass and dead leaves are starting to appear
In the shade, the snow on the paths was granular, providing good footing
Brightly lit meadow
closeup of the granular snow
One of our lunch stops (clockwise route) near Blueberry Connector.
Where the sun reached the path, snow turned to ice and then to leaves and needles
Near the junction with Tamarack Trail
Long March shadows
Still some colour on this row of Tamaracks
Sunlit details – this one natural…
…this one staged
This snow patch is not long for the world
Along the West boundary
Along the levee
Is this what they mean by rotting snow?
The view up to and down from today’s lunch spot
Nothing but blue skies
Wherever leaves appeared, they sped up the melt of the snow below
Now heading towards the Grove
At the Grove, a lot of grass had been exposed
Coming into the last meadow
The bottom of this jet looks frosty
The marsh boardwalk is starting to appear. No more bunny hiding places.
Almost done this week’s walk.
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