Tuesday 1 November 2011

Carolinian Forest

Canadians call it the Carolinian forest while Americans prefer the term eastern woodlands.  Canada’s Carolinian forest is bordered by Grand Bend in the northwest and Toronto in the northeast and Windsor in the south and contains such trees as the ash, birch, chestnut, hickory, oak, sycamore and walnut.  The southernmost tip even grows dogwood, tulip and sassafras varieties, thanks to the moderating effects of Lake Erie.  Along the banks of its rivers, the Credit, the Grand, the Thames and the Welland, can be found deer, possum, badgers and wrens.  Although ninety-percent of it has been destroyed, Canada’s Carolinian forest still blooms every Spring and sheds its leaves every Fall.  I find it amazing to think that the same trees grow in Toronto, Ontario, at a latitude of 43 40’, as in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, at a latitude of 22.  What a widespread and beautiful forest!   

Photo courtesy www.inn-and-a-round.com.

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