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A "Ruined" Day

Normally at this time of May I would be pursuing migrating birds, spring wildflowers, or insect life; but today the unseasonably cool temperatures, the heavy overcast and occasional flurries, and gale winds made for terrible conditions for just about any living thing. The probability of seeing any insect life today was zero and the probability that I would observe a fallout of migrating birds or get a sharp and richly colored photo of a wildflower in the brisk winds and heavy overcast was similarly low. But I still wanted to get out, so I thought I would go exploring instead.

Prior to setting out on a voyage of exploration I often look at satellite and air imagery to scout out possible routes; look for stands of vegetation, geological features, wet spots, etc that may be of interest; pinpoint possible locations of ruins and other signs of former land use; and look for landmarks that may help guide me when I go off the trail. This morning when I was doing just that I noticed what appeared to be an older deciduous forest in an area of the greenbelt I had never considered exploring before. There appeared to be a trail heading in there, old fencing of some sort, and then I saw something that got me packing my bags right away.

A few years ago I heard about an abandoned homestead in this part of the greenbelt. I have since wondered where it was - all I heard was something along the lines of a laneway that leads to spot where an old homestead used to be - and what I saw in the air image led me to believe that I found this old homestead. In the air image of the area I saw what looked like a ruined structure, flowering apple trees, and open fields with perfectly straight birders. What follows are images of what I found when I went to explore the site.