Come Prowl Wolf Lane
Just north of River Drive, east of Mountainview Rd. N. There is visitor parking on Lilac Lane and on Lynden Circle just off River Dr.
Story & Photos by Doris Burfind
My favourite local photography haunt is Wolf Lane. Because this valley is directly behind my house I am able to dash out whenever I need a quick foto fix (did I say quick?) Three beautiful ponds and the Credit River surrounded by hills and every variety of vegetation is the landscape.
Wolf Lane has so much to offer the photographer in every season. In the spring, snowbells, trilliums and fiddlehead ferns abound. Canada Geese nest there and their chicks are a delight to see. Frogs, turtles and dragonflies mark renewed life.
Summer will show you lush plant life such as jewelweed, cattail, water lilies and teasel. Plenty of butterflies and other insects can be captured going about their business. I have photographed a blue heron, ducks, orioles and woodpeckers, (a pileated pair return every year). Many animals such as beaver, otter and deer inhabit the area. There is a fish hatchery situated on the property where colourful rainbow trout can be seen.
The many varieties of trees on Wolf Lane present a spectacular show of colour. The ponds offer a mirror to reflect the glorious palette. The geese are busy landing and taking off, inviting the challenge of capturing them in motion. If you wander to the end of the property, rushing water flows over the dam at the foot of the Bruce Trail east to Norval. Fisherman can be spotted here under the bridge on River Drive. At this site
too is the historic Barber Mill surrounded by a wall of glorious colour.
I visit the valley almost every day in winter. The first glaze of ice on the ponds, the heavy new fallen snow decorating the evergreens and the ice formations on the streams are a wonder to behold. Rabbit and deer tracks remind you that you are not alone.
Wolf Lane is private property and the owner has very generously allowed conscientious and respectful visitors to enjoy the valley. As on any nature trail his expectation is that nothing is removed and nothing is left behind.