We spotted this guy (or gal?) on a path near Poole Creek on the weekend. It’s a snapping turtle, and they’re a common sight in Stittsville near creeks and marshes at this time of year. Don’t get too close though – these guys won’t hesitate to snap if they feel threatened. In late May and early June, you’ll start to see mother turtles burying their eggs in the sand at local playgrounds, and then the turtles hatch in September. More photos & stories about Stittsville turtles here…
Thanks to Alison Danson for sharing this incredible perspective of our community. She writes: “My husband, John Danson, was flying from Ottawa to Calgary on the morning of February 19th. He looked out his window during take-off and realized they were going right over Stittsville, so he quickly took a picture on his phone, thinking it would be fun if he could get a shot of our house to show our son. It wasn’t until I was going through our photos yesterday that I realized he had actually captured a perfect picture of Stittsville in its entirety!”
Thanks to photographer Jacinta Cillis-Asquith for sharing these pics. “I was just driving by when I found this creature having a late breakfast in Amberwood. This critter demolished two full fish each one in little more than a gulp!” Continue reading →
Thanks to Kiera Delgaty-Pak for sending along this photo: “I was driving home from South Carleton H.S. at 7:30pm Tuesday evening and absolutely had to stop and take a picture of this beautiful sunset. Spring is finally here!”
With Christmas dinner finished, it was safe to come out of hiding.
Thanks to Anna Lusk for sending over this pic of turkeys on Boxing Day on Greer Street. “When we first saw them they were strolling down the middle of the street, then they went up under the tree on the lawn across the street. Some were investigating right in front of the house and then all eight birds got back on the road and continued on their journey.”
She says they’ve lived on their street for nearly 14 years and this is the first time she’s seen turkeys in front of the house.
These photos come from Kim De Angelis, who spotted this cardinal out her back window on Riverbank Court. She says the cardinals seem to be making a comeback this winter. You can’t miss that striking red colour against the fresh snow.
Thanks to Christopher Skinner for sharing this photo, taken earlier in the week. “I used to loathe winter. After taking up some outdoor winter hobbies 3-4 years ago, it’s impossible to not enjoy days like this,” he says.
“I took these pictures on December 6 during my morning walk,” says Michelle Legault. “They were taken on the paths that connect Amberwood with Granite Ridge along Poole Creek. It was really a winter wonderland after awful weather the day before.”
Thousands flocked to Stittsville Main Street on Saturday night for the annual Parade of Lights, presented by the Stittsville Village Association. This year’s parade featured over 60 entries. The weather was perfect, with snow on the ground but not too cold.
After the parade, Santa stuck around to help with the official tree lighting ceremony at Village Square Park, organized by the Stittsville Lions Club. The Lions also walked the parade route collecting donations for the Stittsville Food Bank. There was even a marriage proposal by a firefighter during the parade!