With maples this time of year, it’s usually all about the leaves. Not this time. The leaves are slow to change colour this year but the trunks of three maple trees on the Bonshaw Hills Trails were worth a look.
Before we started the hike, my husband and I had lunch at the picnic area.
It was the last full day of summer but the feel of autumn was in the air although it was sunny and warm. We felt at home there since a school group was having lunch before they did a nature walk. It’s been a while since we’ve been around so many children. Georgie, the golden grand-dog was with us and watched every child with interest.
We decided to walk to the center of the main trail, to an area we had yet to explore. It took about an hour to arrive in the area, having stopped on occasion to take photos.
The first huge maple had steps to facilitate climbing into what looked like a bowl base. A face in the trunk stared back.
Kids love this tree which can easily accommodate a family among the branches.
The second maple had its own swing which was inviting to all who happened by.
The old wood had what looked like a face with pursed lips below the first junction of branches.
We met the school children again by this last maple swing in a sheltered area where the canopy gave the scene a green glow.
These old maples have many stories to tell of life in the area over the years. Soon the falling leaves
will conclude this year’s chapter as the trees settle in for another long sleep.