A friend lent me his pair of snowshoes and I went for a lovely winter walk on the river early in the week. I crossed over to a couple of islands that I normally only see from my sit spot or have passed in my canoe.
Winter is one of my favourite times to look for new foraging grounds, which might sound strange at first. But as you can see, it's very easy to spot certain plants poking above the snow with no greenery obscuring the view. If you know what your favourite wild edible and medicinal plants look like in their winter wear, it's a great way to spot them.
The sad thing is: if all the ashes die and no longer provide shade cover, the fiddleheads may lose their habitat and die off as well. I'd like to keep an eye on this island over the next few years and see if there is anything I can do to help maintain a healthy balance. Perhaps I will dig up and transplant some ferns into a new habitat that can support them. Maybe I'll guerrilla plant some saplings on the island to try and increase biodiversity. It might just be best to let nature take its course and observe succession over time. Either way, I will visit again, by foot and boat!