Pursuing the Perfect Pasture

We just returned from a week of visiting family in Ontario – the first visit in two years. Because the family is too large to fit in any one of our houses, we usually rent a large cottage and stay there. This year, it was on Big Rideau Lake, near Westport.

Aside from a trip to Brockville to see Canada’s first tunnel, which was built by the Brockville and Ottawa in 1859, it was a week devoid of railroad activities. We didn’t even squeeze Ticket to Ride in amongst the board games.

We covered many kilometres of Lanark and Leeds and Grenville counties over the course of the week, and all the time I kept my eye open for the pasture that will go in the corner beyond the roundhouse. I was beginning to despair until the last day, when I spotted what may be the perfect pasture for my purpose, just outside Newboro. The pasture rises gently toward the horizon, where a fence line of trees contains it. In the middle of the pasture a single tree provides shade for a handful of cattle.

Now, this still wasn’t quite what I was looking for. Ideally, the shade tree would be a maple or better yet an elm, but at least there was a tree, and compared to most of the weed-infested dried-out pastures I saw, this one was too verdant. However, when you only have a few days to look for reference material, sometimes you have to take what you can get.

The full set of photos can be found in my Flickr album.

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