What’s the Pointe?

3 06 2008

On my first weekend back in Canada, my mom, brother and I went to Pointe Pelee National Park in Leamington Ontario.  People living in this part of Ontario has a certain proud feeling about Pointe Pelee, it is a small park but significant since it is the most southern point in Canada.  Located on the 42 parallel which is the same as Barcelona and Rome.  But something is happening to the Pointe, it started a couple years back where the sand spit is shrinking and becoming submerged under Lake Erie.  Years earlier, this is what the Pointe used to look like, it would take you a good 20 minutes to walk from the point of drop off from the tram to the “safe” spot on the point (the waters are extremely dangerous with a very strong undertow, many have died here and as recent as 2005).  But now the point has disappeared right up to the tree lines.  It is kind of disappointing and along with depressing.  They are blaming rising lake levels, along with two marinas on the Canadian side that is disrupting the sand flow.  When the point went underwater it took out a look out tower and part of the boardwalk that was constructed to get you near the point.  Now it’s just a small piece strip of sand and nothing of grandeur.  I hope the problem can be resolved, it would be tragic to lose a great piece of Essex County. 

My brother and I walked the boardwalk again through the marshes, but since it was early in the season everything was brown with just speckles of green and the lilies hadn’t bloomed yet.  We did get to see some wildlife in the marsh, and of course the famed Red Wing Blackbird that is all over the park.  Plus a water snake, a sand piper and a tern.  It’s not easy trying to take pictures on a wooden structure that bounces every time someone takes a step. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   There are over 70 species of trees alone. Nowhere else in Canada are there more species of reptiles (27) and amphibians (20). The zone is also home to 50 species of spiders and insects not found elsewhere in Canada. Acadian flycatchers, Carolina wrens, blue-gray gnatcatchers, red-bellied woodpeckers, and yellow-breasted chats are at the northern limit of their breeding range. But many Canadians call the Carolinian zone home, too. As a result, much of the land has been cleared for cities and used as farm land.

I also managed to take some plant and flower pictures even though there weren’t very many in bloom. The area had a cool start to spring so many of the vegitation was just starting to appear. Also we didn’t really get on to the footpaths that weave through the park, so I wasn’t able to see any that would be hidden from the road. The lilies were starting to just break past that all green stage, but none were open fully. I should go back this week or next to get some pictures of the marsh, that just might be a good idea, if gas wasn’t so expensive! Regardless it was nice to see the greenery and the occasional splash of colour through out the park. The bleeding hearts were in full bloom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ok.. well I’m going to end this blog with one of my favourite pictures I took that day, mainly because I’m surprised I actually got the shot.  It does need some cropping but right now the Wings are about to take the cup again and I don’t have the time to do it… so here it is…

 

Now how cool is that??  Oh just in case you didn’t know from previous blogs, if you click on the picture you will get the full size version of it.  Click on this one, it’s pretty interesting.

OK.. must go cheer now… GO WINGS!!

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