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Paddling Among Boulders

Fall is inevitably upon us as the leaves begin to change into a wide array of deep reds, yellows, and oranges. Reflecting on warmer times, and when the trees were crisp in the summer air, I am reminded of summer adventures. One memory that sticks to mind is a canoe trip I did to Bon Echo Provincial Park.

Bon Echo 1

Bon Echo features many lakes but we only paddled Mazinaw Lake which other than any of the Great Lakes is the deepest lake. On the southeastern shores of this lake is the incredible Mazinaw Rock which is an escarpment rising 100 metres (300 ft) out of the water.

Bon Echo 2

Try to find the canoes and acknowledge the impressive size of the escarpment.

Bon Echo 3

Mazinaw Rock is known for its native pictographs and is a National Historic Site of Canada

Bon Echo 4

It was a great time shared with great people in an awe-inspiring landscape. Provides me with memories for the rest of the year.

My Little Friend

 

An important part of connecting with the outdoors is to learn of an area’s flora and fauna. It is critical that you know your surroundings thus have a better appreciation of the ecosystem. This summer I was fortunate enough to spend a lot of time in the Kawartha Lakes region of Ontario. I was also fortunate enough to have many great sightings of stunning vistas but also intriguing wildlife such as the Painted Turtle shown below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I came across this female Painted turtle as I was out for a walk but almost passed by it because I did not recognize the shell to be that of a turlte but rather a blackish rock. But my senses kicked in and I knew for certain it was something other than a rock. To my fascination I discovered that this female was laying eggs. I was able to take some quick shots with my macro lens then I continued so not to disturb it further. Do you have any great stories about turtle spottings?

This Is My Ontario

Ontario lakes are renowned for their diversity and beauty at any time, but the summer season provides a lush backdrop of stunning vistas that can be found all over cottage country. Whether you are out for an inspiring day paddle, or a rigorous challenge, these lakes provide some of the best experiences anywhere. After all the province’s name comes from the Huron word Ontarí:io which means “great lake” because Ontario contains about 250,000 freshwater lakes. These are some panoramic shots of lakes I was at this summer.

Ribbit Ribbit

The summer is about getting outdoors wherever you are and enjoying what nature has to offer you. During a work week it could be as much as walking in a park at lunch hour but when the weekend comes the adventure-seeking person inside each of us cries for the great  outdoors. Lucky this summer I had many chances to enjoy the beautiful outdoors of Ontario and I was even more fortunate to get a new macro lens. These are some of the photos I took of Green Frogs.

In the Wild

Summer adventures have come to a close and those weekends of great outdoors adventures will soon be transforming into other fall-orientated adventures. Nevertheless the fall is a time to look back on good times of the past summer. This summer I spent a lot of time in the great outdoors of Ontario. These are some photos of a canoe trek I took in the Kawartha Region.

 

 

 

 

These remind me of good times and I hope you too can appreciate the beauty of the outdoors and ones ability to be in peace with nature. Ontario- yours to discover!

Summer Fun in the Sun

The Summer is here and in full presence. The heat in Southern Ontario has been quite warm and constant which leads many people seeking opportunities to escape to the cottage country. Last weekend at my cottage it was very warm too and it was a time well spent in the lake.

The Common Crayfish is native to North America and lives in fast–flowing, cool, rocky streams as well as shallow lakes, such as my own lake. I caught this little guy and pulled him ashore to take photos then released him back in the water.

Summer time in cottage country is fabulous and is a true Ontario tradition. Anyone else have any great stories about being in cottage country or camping sites?

Bullfrog

One of the most recognizable signs of being in a wetland is the sounds of nature, in particular the croaks of frogs. Common throughout all of North America and even else where in the world because if introduction the American Bullfrog is the largest frog of North America.

I found this frog in a wetland (top photo) at my cottage. Have you ever seen one of these frogs or have any interesting stories about them.

Daylily

While out fishing and staring at the setting sun I realized that nature can provide the eye with some stunning colours. I then took a look in my own garden and I recognized the vivid colours of Daylilies. Daylilies are a hybrid of the genus Hemerocallis  whose name comes from Greek meaning “beautiful day”.

These cultivar flowers come in a wide variety of colour and form as they have been hybridized many times by horticulturalists around the world. Native to Eurasia this genus is popular world wide and there are some 60,000 registered cultivars.

Eyes of Fire

I often walk along the shoreline at my cottage to seek out interesting animal observations; whether it be an amphibian, a bird, or an insect. One of my recent sightings was of a Orange Bluet (damselfly).

There are over 35 kinds of Bluets in North America alone and are commonly found very close to water. To see my older post on Familiar Bluets click here. I was most amazed at the colour of these insects and I found that in one day I had come across more than 6 different colour variations of Damselflies.

American Lady

 

 

American Ladies (Vanessa virginiensis) throughout most of North America south of the Arctic Circle and can be found in sunny open areas where there abundant wildflowers.

 

These butterflies have quite brilliant orange and black wings but the ventral sides are just as stunning. Notice the touch of pink.