Saturday July 29th, 2017 SFN lead their members out on a spectacular day of visiting two sites which are very beautiful this time of year.
Keith McLean Conservation Lands
Mid July and towards the end of the month is when the lotus flowers are in full bloom so the club took full advantage of this spectacular time of year at Keith McLean’s Conservation Lands to appreciate the sea of beauty in colors of white, pink, and green.
Keith McLean generously donated his land of lotus flower ponds, forest, wetland, and prairie to St. Clair Conservation Foundation and it was officially opened on June 27, 2013.
In addition to the lotus flowers ponds, the prairies were bursting with brilliant colors of orange, yellow, and white.
Nature’s invaluable helpers, butterflies, bees and other insects were buzzing about from flower to flower, pollinating as they went.
Their movements were mesmerizing and transfixing while connecting everyone to all the beauty that surrounds the lands.
Keith McLean Conservation Lands are located just east of Rondeau Provincial Park, at 18331 Kent Bridge Road, Morpeth, ON.
McGeachy Pond Conservation Area
McGeachy Pond Conservation Area, located at 17730 County Road 12 Erieau on the north shore of Lake Erie was the other site that SFN members toured on Saturday July 29th, 2017.
This property of 15 hectare of ponds, trail, and picnic area, was acquired by the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority in 1974 as a memorial to the late William A. McGeachy.
The property is provincially significant to protect environmentally sensitive lands, wetlands and lakeshore waterfowl habitat.
Our group climbed the stairs up to the observation platform set high above and overlooking Lake Erie, to see the great expanse of nature down below. The platform offers a panoramic view of the ponds and waterfowl below and all around. We then walked down the lake side trail which offers a few look-out points jutting out into the ponds. From there we had another panoramic view of the wetlands but at pond level. The lotus flowers in these ponds appeared to be near the end of their blooming cycle but still very beautiful.
The ponds, the sounds of the birds and the waves rolling in, create a very calming and soothing atmosphere at McGeachy Pond.