Wednesday, May 18, 2022
NatureMerlin's Hollow The English Garden & The Loudest Toad

Merlin’s Hollow The English Garden & The Loudest Toad

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Our Town of Aurora community is definitely growing and I am for sure experiencing our town’s growth on Saturdays. There is so much to be seen around the town that recently I must set my mind for one or two things to visit each week.  I don’t know what I missed but I know that I am glad that I visited Merlin’s Hollow English garden last Saturday. When I arrived I curiously asked before entering the garden if there were any flowers blooming yet. To my surprise Dierdre Tomlinson responded – ‘Absolutely, come and I will show you‘.

“I am not a photography student; however, photography for me is an ongoing learning experience.”

Beautiful as always yellow, white and light purple flowers dominated in colors. But wait these are the most dominating colors in flowers. In scent no flower could beat the Chrysanthemums on that day. I have compared my notes and for sure I photographed more tulips last year than this year; and that is why I like Merlins Hollow garden a lot – never the same from season to season and always something new to discover. I wonder what I missed at the Aurora Farmer’s Market on that day – by the time I looked at my watch it was almost one.

Merlin's Hollow
Merlin's Hollow
Merlin's Hollow

There is one common question many people ask me when they see me with my cameras – ‘Are you from the newspaper?‘ When I was photographing the Aurora United Church during the fire – one of the firemen asked, ‘your hobby?‘ Finally someone got the right answer – ‘yes it is‘, was my reply. During my visit at Merlins Hollow I was asked if I was a photography student – and this is how I met Nancee Webb. By the way, no I am not a photography student; however, photography for me is an ongoing learning experience.

Merlin's Hollow
Merlin's Hollow
Merlin's Hollow
Merlin's Hollow

Honey bees, bumble bees, beetles, ants, birds – were everywhere that day at Merlin’s Hollow garden. Lot’s of wind on that day and I was definitely enjoying the sounds of the swaying tall trees; and then came the toad. I have never heard one small toad make so much noise. Definitely got my attention. Further, I had to remind myself that the phrase ‘squeaky wheel gets the oil‘ is even true in the wild animal kingdom.  Smart critter that toad was, not just camouflaged to be hard to find but it almost fooled me with its location – the croaking was bouncing around the garden.

Anna Lozyk Romeo
Aurora, ON

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