Sunday, 14 October 2018

Algonquin Park
October 8th - 11th

We were in Algonquin for our almost annual visit... the 15th time or so for us. We visited our usual spots but we always try to find one or two places we haven't seen before.


The weather forecast was for lots of rain but we lucked out. It rained on the way up but only at night while we were there.

We stayed at Spring Lake Resort in Dwight... close to the park. It's a small lake... some would call it a large pond, but it's a beautiful spot. 

This girl wasn't doing yoga. I caught her taking a picture.

A cute combination of Thanksgiving themes I thought.


















Typical of the views along the main highway through the park. 










I can't resist mushrooms/fungi.


















We missed the peak of red maples but the oranges and golds were ablaze. 

















Lichens are indicative of pollution free, clean air. Lichens are common in Algonquin.
















I tend to favor golden fungi.






















A moss-covered stump. The moss is brilliant green.
 

Life from decay. The stump must be providing some of the nutrients the tree needs.
























We've seen a pair of Mergansers at the Tea Lake Dam several times. His haircut is flat since he kept diving for snacks. We enjoyed watching the pair as we had some egg sandwiches... and some ham & cheese too. They taste so much better sitting at a picnic table by a river. :)

















Appropriately, there are always visitors canoeing on Canoe Lake.  













When I first spotted this, I thought how ugly, time to remove it. Then I realized it's someone portaging a canoe. 















We always take the side road to Oxtongue Rapids, a favourite spot for photographers & artists. The road is less than 300 yards from the Inn.

A young girl took a couple shots, then sat down to enjoy the rapids.

















A view we've enjoyed every year we've visited Algonquin. It's gorgeous. It's at the Fire Tower at Dorset... about 20 minutes south of the park. These are taken from Peek-a-Boo Rock lookout. 















Jane offered to take a picture of this young couple and their dog, with their phone. It turned into an 'event'... so I recorded the event while I waited. :)
 

This is Peek-a-Boo Rock lookout at the tower.
 

Not many red maples so I included a red jeep. The trees overpower it though.


The actual tower. We don't climb it any more. :) We settle for Peek-a-Boo Rock.
 

Canoe at the Art Center in the park. Kids added their art to it. Jane has more patience than me. She described what was on the canoe as I stood by, then I looked at a couple of the more interesting sounding works of art she described. 


You can't see it well unless you enlarge it, but the one that intrigued me was 'chipmunks skating'... bottom right corner of the canoe.
An artist's work on the side of our hotel restaurant... Canada Geese in Flight. It's driftwood.
 

I'm jumping around a bit. This is at Oxtongue Rapids, from the shelter there, for those of you familiar with the area.


















I'm trying not to get carried away with posting too many mushrooms & fungi. I think I may have more shots of fungi this time, than I do of the trees in their glory. :)

















There seems to be no end to weird gourds and pumpkins. This one is kinda gross.


Back to the Inn. 'Our' mini-lake. Free canoes and kayaks. We've stayed here twice now but still haven't used either. Maybe next time.


















My favourite shot from the visit. At our lake. It was like a mirror at times, like here where it's reflecting the trees on the other side.
 

You might think we'd get tired of going to Algonquin. But we don't. We love every visit.  :)

Bob & Jane
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Friday, 7 September 2018

"Our" Path & Tree Tunnels
September 7th, 2018

I was just going to send a one-off of the tree tunnels on our path but decided on a short post on my blog instead. As nature nuts, Jane and I feel blessed having the trail literally across the street. This is the entrance... a couple 100 feet from our front door. A mini-tree tunnel of sorts.

















Close to home.















Tree tunnels offer comforting shade on a hot day, especially near the end of day, when all the trees contribute, whether they're part of the tunnels or not.














The path is very popular with dog-walkers, school kids... and the rest of us as well. There are 4 or 5 true tree tunnels on the path, with short patches of sun between them.














We often meet others, several who we've met before, and stop for a chat and a laugh. Often we share a conversation about their dog(s). Dog walkers tend to be more approachable.















We even run into my barber and/or his wife now & then and catch up on things.















Yesterday we met our 'buddy' with his Yorkshire Terrier. Usually he had two with him, but sadly he lost one a few months back.















Jane a 100 yards or so from home. Many of the trees are Walnuts. We've noticed a real lack of walnut fruit this year. Last year was a bumper crop. Trees are noted for varying their fruit production through the years. The squirrels probably aren't impressed with a minimum crop.















The path from our place to the top is just over one mile. We don't always make the 2 mile walk these days like we used to. Depends what we've been up to for the day and how we feel. With this hot summer, walks tend to be late in the day.

I've walked over 2,000 miles on the path. It took over 7 years to do that. I don't record walks anymore. No way I'll ever make 3,000 miles. C'est la vie.

We do love our path though.

Bob & Jane
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Sunday, 2 September 2018

Back to Chickadee Trail with RJ
August 31st, 2018

Today was the last day of the summer that we would share a a full day with RJ. He asked if we could go to Chickadee Trail. The only times I've really been out in nature this summer have been with RJ. These shots are actually from our last two visits.

Our first stop is usually waterside near the bridge. It's never quiet when migration is on.



 
As we crossed the bridge to Chickadee Trail, geese followed the food.


 
Depending on the day, and your luck, you can see  raccoons, deer, wild turkeys, ducks, geese, chipmunks, squirrels, red-wings, blue jays, cardinals and more. You're guaranteed to see something, so it's a popular spot for families. 















Lots of geese and ducks in the water but always lots on the trail too. 









One handful for the ducks, one for the chickadees. He got both at once a time or two.






























RJ came up with another idea this time. He put seeds on the peak of his hat instead of holding out his hand.




















I doubted that it would work, but it did.















All RJ gets to see are the tail feathers.


Four female wild turkeys joined us as we were about to leave.

 

 The coloring of their feathers is a real mix of hues & shades.



 
We had a good time as always. I do plan to get out more in the fall.

'Til next time,
Bob
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