Port Credit located ten kilometers from our home was an old trading port till the 1800s. It is now a marina for boats. Along the lake shore is a seven kilometer trail that turns into multitude of colours every fall.
Port Credit is located at the mouth of Credit River on Lake Ontario. The ship Ridgetown was sunk here on June 21, 1974 to act as a breakwater. After her decommissioning in 1970, she was loaded with stones, towed from Toronto Port to Port Credit and sunk at the entrance to the port with her cabins and stack intact. She remains here, protecting the port from the forces of waves. In the backdrop is the City of Toronto, about 20 kilometer away with its landmark CN Tower.
As sunlight decreases in fall, the veins that carry sap into and out of a leaf gradually close. A layer of cells called the separation layer forms at the base of the leaf stem. When this layer is complete, the leaf is separated from the tissue that connected it to the branch and it falls off.
Coniferous trees like pines, spruces, cedars and firs, don’t lose their leaves or needles in winter. The needles are covered with a heavy wax coating and the fluids inside the cells contain substances that resist freezing.
These needles can live for several years before they fall off.
This is the Suncorp refinery located about ten kilometer away.
These Canadian geese have not migrated down South to USA. It is neither that they have lost their passports nor have forgotten to migrate. It is because they find enough food in various parks in the city and may have developed the art of surviving through Canadian winter. May be they will fly South as soon as the temperature drops.