Thanks to Jiyun Shin for sending along these photos from Saturday’s Family Day at the Carp Airport. Shin is the Ottawa Bureau Chief for Korean Newsweek, and the young man featured in some of the photos is Steve Shin, a Grade 8 student at Goulbourn Middle School. (And yes, he landed safe and sound!)
It’s long – over 13 minutes – but it’s a fascinating look at the wetland from a perspective the area. Most of the wetland is far from roads or paths and on private property, so this video gives a unique view. The video starts with a flight heading north west from the Trans Canada Trail towards Hazeldean Road. Continue reading →
Thanks to Lara Winnemore for sending along this photo she took along the Trans Canada Trail on Wednesday afternoon., between Beverly and Abbott. This doe was accompanied by its mother, but mom ran away before Winnemore could snap the photo.
Regrettably we will be closing a portion of the Rideau Trail, approximately 3.2 kilometers in total, that being unopened road allowances east and west of Eagleson Road (south of Rushmore Road) and west of Richmond Road due to the danger posed by wild parsnip growth. We have contacted the City of Ottawa public works manager who has advised that they are looking into the situation but cannot yet provide us with a definite time as to when the wild parsnip will be eradicated. We will be posting signage in the near future redirecting members to an alternate route. In the interim, we ask your co-operation to avoid this area.
It grows in the ditched along the roads, just off our soccer fields and along our walking and bike paths. It looks pretty with it’s golden flowers, but it is nasty!
The City of Ottawa says: “Wild parsnip is an invasive plant that is increasingly common within the City of Ottawa in areas of uncultivated land, roadside ditches, nature trails, as well as on and surrounding rural and residential properties. Wild parsnip may pose a health risk to humans. The plant sap contains chemicals that may cause skin and eye irritation and make the skin prone to severe burning and blistering when exposed to the sun. The blisters typically occur one to two days after contact with the plant. This can result in long-term scarring of the skin. The best way to avoid contact with wild parsnip is to become familiar with what the plant looks like so you do not accidentally get burned.” (You can learn more about how the city is combatting the problem here…)
Here’s a photo from Stittsville resident Christopher Skinner. This trail is just west of Westridge, a bit north of the spot where the trail splits. He writes: “Beautiful night for a run on the trails! We’re lucky to have such fabulous scenery in this area.” We agree!
Here’s a different perspective on Iber Road. This photo from Front Page Media Group was taken at around 9:00pm on Tuesday night. It’s looking north towards Hazeldean Road. The auto park across from Scotiabank Place is all lit up in the upper-left corner, and the Ottawa River and Gatineau Hills are in the distance in the upper right.
Leon Switzer from Front Page Media Group says that the photo was part of a test shot for their new DJI Inspire 1 drone. He wanted to test the camera quality in lower light in a safe environment.