Photo: Timberhill
Photo by Johanna Nott

Either way you approach Timberhill, it is a bit of an uphill walk.  This time the naturalists chose a route  opposite August Lake.  As we started out we could see a frozen August Lake with little wildlife present.  The round trip of 5 kilometres was a pleasant one and a good way to spend a Saturday mid morning and early afternoon, starting at 10:00 a.m. and finishing at 1:00 p.m. For the most part the ground was bare with some patches of snow.   Along the way we saw tiny buttercups just ready to burst upon the scene.  There were also remnants of last year’s  Arrowleaf Balsam and most likely this flower will be plentiful when the right time arrives.  Reaching the apex of the mountain we hiked down a bit to get a better look at the town and environs.  It’s always fun to try to locate one’s house with the comment, “ah, is there where we live?”  We returned to the top of the mountain, and John built a nice campfire, and we had lunch.  The warmth was appreciated because a strong southern wind started to blow, but the sun did come out to add to our warmth.  The Lahaies identified for us a Williamson Sapsucker, a mature eagle, an immature eagle, Mountain chickadees, and a White Breasted Nuthatch.  As we headed down the mountain, threatening clouds from the south were fast moving towards us, but we finished the hike without any weather incidence.  A Red-Tailed Hawk escorted us as we drove toward Princeton.