My Walk in the Park today!

I was up early, did my daily workout, had a swim and decided that I’d take my dogs out a little earlier than usual. We always walk The Oxbow and this morning, I’m glad I did because the air was clear, cool and fresh and it made everything look wonderful!

Today, the Catalpa trees are in full bloom. Being a little breezy, I didn’t catch their scent unfortunately, but I’m sure that delight will be available numerous times over the next few days.

Catalpas are native plants with huge leaves that make a wonderful shade canopy in the summer. They grow one foot long bean pods and the seeds grow quite prolifically around the parent tree.

An Oxbow Catalpa in full bloom – see the flowers on the ground.
Perfection in nature

Nearby, the temperature being right, the carp are busy splashing around as they do their reproductive thing in the shallows. These are some really big fish so they make quite the racket while lovemaking.

The Canal Authority were busy on the other side of the canal, trimming the edge of the canal where the rip-rap is. This is the second pass their tractor has made in the past week, so I guess they’re really intent on keeping it manicured!

Last year, I collected a load of Milkweed pods with their puffy seeds, and in the spring, I dispersed them randomly around the Oxbow. They have just started to sprout and the crop is looking quite promising. I’m hoping we can encourage more to grow because they are the only diet for the Monarch butterfly caterpillar, and that beautiful creature is in peril.

I pulled up all the Ragweed around the Milkweed, to give it a better chance.

We had a heavy rain last night, so the park is a little muddy here and there, mainly because of all the work the Canal Corporation’s tractors did removing all the deadwood our volunteers cleared.

I’ve planted several bags of wild flowers (Home Depot Specials) over these areas, so I’m hoping to see some wonderful results in the next few weeks. My own canal-side garden is awash in color from these packs, and there is such variety, there are flowers all summer long.

Author: Mike Caswell

I live in Fairport, and my home is at The Oxbow section of The Erie Canal. I fish, have a pontoon boat and like messing in boats. (see I'm retired and enjoy every day living here with my wife Carol and our two dogs.

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