The Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary is one of our favourite places to walk. On this sunny Sunday afternoon it was a perfect place for looking over the city. Wooden rail fences keep hikers away from delicate ecosystems.
En route, we spied this woodpecker, on the ground, busily pecking away at something in the grass.
In the shady sections of the trail, fresh ferns look most un-autumn-ish, but are a result of recent rains and cooler temperatures.
The Garry Oak trees in the sanctuary have already lost most of their leaves. I don't find the trees particularly attractive, but they are highly valued and their ecosystem is threatened.
The hill is very rocky with the thinnest layer of soil that quickly dries out in summertime, resulting in dry, golden grasses. Soon, though, with the coming rains, things will green up again.
Grass and rocks against a blue sky. Autumn is full of loveliness.
Going through some picture files recently I saw this collage from two years ago. Many of the same flowers are blooming in my garden this year.
Linking with Mosaic Monday, hosted by Maggie of Normandy Life.