Roadside Field

Watercolor painting in sepia of a highway beside a field with a single tree and distant mountains.

This highway leads to the Gatineau Hills, visible in the distance.

These hills make up the southern tip of the Canadian Shield in Quebec, as it turns out, and the northern shoulder of the Ottawa valley.

A bit of history: This area, plus parts of Ontario (and even New York and Vermont) were once the Champlain Sea. It was only for a few thousand years and it was 10000 years ago but it’s why the area has such good farming.

When we need some time away, we will take a drive out to sit at the base of what we call the mountain (though, more accurately foothills) and watch the tiny hikers that can sometimes be seen up in those hills.

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