the green below the city

Running through the ravine system, the Beltline Trail in Toronto is my green refuge below the city. No matter how many times I get on the trail—at any access point—something new captures my attention. The trail itself, and the habitat surrounding it, changes with the seasons and so too does the discovery.

Yesterday, anticipating a long walk, I dove face first into a large plate of salad (is there such a thing as too large?), packed green tea lemonade and water and entered the trail at St. Clair and Heath. In the heat of the afternoon I crossed paths with chipmunks, red-winged black birds, yellow-shouldered blackbirds, countless robins, nuthatches, starlings and a few ducks lazing in the stream. And when I ended up at Evergreen Brickworks, the koi, frogs and turtles were all hanging out. That’s my kind of urban solitude …

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