November 26, 2014

A fall visit to Toronto's Taylor Creek Park

Creating autumn memories along the Massey-Taylor Creek Trail


Autumn seemed to have come and gone so quickly this year. (Yes, I know that we're still in autumn until the winter solstice but leaves off of trees equals winter for me. The early snowfall and Christmas music I hear in stores now suggest that we're unofficially in winter mode.) 

On the last nice weekend, weather-wise, we had several weeks ago, my family and I took a leisurely walk along the Taylor Creek Trail. Taylor Creek is a tributary of one of the main rivers flowing through Toronto, the Don River. Running more or less adjacent to the Don is one of our city's major highways, the Don Valley Parkway (or "Parking Lot" during rush hour)  but a visitor to the Trail wouldn't have noticed the incessant traffic passing close by.

It's not surprising that the Trail is a favourite for families with baby strollers, dog walkers, bicyclists and more than a few photographers. While our visit was late in the season and the fall foliage was past its prime, colour-wise, I managed to snap a few pictures on that brisk but sunny afternoon to share with you.


Autumn foliage Taylor Creek Park by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Autumn foliage Taylor Creek Park 


Autumn foliage reflection Taylor Creek Park by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Autumn foliage reflection Taylor Creek Park 


European Larch Larix decidua fall foliage Taylor Creek Park by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
European Larch (Larix decidua) fall foliage 
Taylor Creek Park 


Fall foliage Taylor Creek Park by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Fall foliage Taylor Creek Park 


Leaning White Birch Betula papyrifera Taylor Creek Park by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
White Birch (Betula papyrifera) at Taylor Creek Park


Northern Red Oak Quercus rubra fall foliage Taylor Creek Park by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra) fall foliage 
at Taylor Creek Park 


O'Connor Drive bridge Taylor Creek Park by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
O'Connor Drive bridge over Taylor Creek Trail


Populus tremuloides Trembling poplar fall foliage Taylor Creek Park by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Populus tremuloides (Trembling poplar) fall foliage
at Taylor Creek Park


Taylor Creek Park Autumn foliage reflection by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Taylor Creek Park autumn foliage reflection 



Mr Jung at Taylor Creek Park by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Monkey #1 in the tree


Ms Jung at Taylor Creek Park by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Monkey #2 posing!


Taylor Creek Park portrait by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Me and the Mrs.

After about an hour and a half, the kids were moaning about being starved. (And, to be honest, I was feeling peckish too.) It was nice to be "unplugged" and away from our devices, even for too short a time.