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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.

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?

Admiral of the Sky

This past weekend I had the opportunity to travel up to my cottage for an extended weekend and I was really able to slow down and enjoy my surroundings. As I commonly do, I walk around or paddle around the lake in search of a new discovery. I though I would share one of my greatest discoveries of this past weekend: the White Admiral butterfly

This is a picture of a bay on my lake that I paddle along.

The White Admiral is a species of the North American brush-footed butterflies.  Ranging from almost coast to coast this butterfly can be found on forest edges and along watercourses.

Notice the band of white on their wings, which is where the name originates.

Have you seen this butterfly before? Let me here your stories or just tell me what you think!

The Forest’s Fruits

This is a collection of photographs of wild inedible  berries that I recently discovered on one of my many photo adventures. I found it quite interesting that in a forested area of mostly deciduous trees there were actual plants that produced colorful fruits in the form of berries.

Wild cranberries grow throughout much of North America and the rest of the Northern Hemisphere and they can be found in marshy areas. The leaves are evergreen and they remain for a few years before falling. The fruit is a red berry.

I am not quite sure what these berries are but i had to take a photo of them especially with the raindrops on them.

Emerging Buds

The Sugar Maple is one of the most important trees of Canada. It is the national icon that is used on the flag and various coats of arms. The tree is also used for making maple syrup and is logged throughout Canada as a staple hardwood.

*Unidentified deciduous shrub local to Southern Ontario*

This is a photo of the flowers produced by the Serviceberry shrub. This plant flowers in spring and eventually bears fruit in the summer. Where this plant is found locally its fruits are used for jams.

 

This is a Tamarack tree showing new growth. The name Tamarack is the Algonquian name for the species and means “wood used for snowshoes”. The Tamarack is an interesting tree because although it is not an evergreen it has needles. Unlike other typical evergreens the tamarack changes colors by the season and losses it needles for winter. In this photo one can see the new needles forming.

Spring Growth

Recently i was outside the city and in the countryside and was astonished at all the wonderful new year growth that was beginning to show itself. I was most interested in the various ferns that were beginning to grow and i thought i would share a few photos of what i saw.

This is a photo i took of a young set of fiddle heads coming up out of the ground. The Ostrich fern is a crown-forming, colony-forming fern, occurring in temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere.

This Cinnamon Fern is native to the Americas and Eastern Asia and grows in moist woodlands.

I believe this is a Marsh Fern but i may be wrong. It prefers to grow in marshy situations in full sun.

Cottage Country in the Spring

Spring is here and it is that time of year again when people start preparing for the warm summer months where they take time to explore the great outdoors. Recently, I went to my cottage in the Kawarthas, Ontario to do some reno work and prepare it for the summer. I was glad to finally see that: the ice had left the lake, the snowbanks had melted, and new growth had finally stated to show itself. Although the growth is far behind that of the Toronto which is more south it was reassuring that the winter barren-lands that i had visited in the winter was finally emerging as a summer tourism hotspot.

“Kawartha” is an anglicization of the Anishinaabe word “Ka-wa-tha” which means “land of reflections”. This is because the area has many lakes that are enjoyed by cottagers, tourists, and campers.

The Kawarthas is a mixed forest region dominated by pine trees. Most trees are deciduous and of the conifers most of them are pines. The pines grow so well because of the acid soil caused by the thin amount of soil and the underlying Canadian Shield.

As spring continues and summer approaches i will be sure to post more about my adventures in cottage country.