old photo – one of the richest colours of the Fall
taken at Little Lake Park in Midland, Ontario
An interestingnote about Sumac clusters in Huronia (Simcoe County in Ontario) is the fact that these groups of sumac need and appear in rich organic soil. Two main sources of rich organic soil in the farmlands here, often on the edges of pasture, are either livestock manure, perhaps from an old barn site, or a Huron Nation ossuary (communal graves collection) from the period AD 1200-1650). I picked up this archaeological tip from a couple of informal field trips this year I made with members of the Huronia Chapter of the Ontario Archaeological Society.
for more info on archaeological matters in Huronia see the Huronia Chapter of the OAS blog at