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?
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.
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!
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?
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.