Wednesday, September 30, 2009

This could be a dock on any lake. Where would you like it to be?

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

This is a view from the lookout in Calander looking across Calander Bay towards the city of North Bay.

Monday, September 28, 2009

I was in the USA briefly on Saturday - we went to Midland, Michigan to do a little clearing out of my aunt's apartment. I noticed the Four Seasons Liquor Lounge in Otisville and just had to snap a shot of it. Family dining with steak-fish and walleye sound appealing, though less so than the windowless establishment. Looks like the kind of place you want to bring your family - and you probably don't have to check your guns at the bar.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Calander Bay Yacht Club

Thursday, September 24, 2009

It was a beautiful early fall morning today. The mist rising from the fields as the sun rose was sensational.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Last Saturday we went to the Commanda Country Gardens, as evidenced in the recent photos. This plant looks like it will be in our garden in the spring - it's tall, has a late summer bloom and smells not unlike nicotiana, Know what it is?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Honey Bees Working Flowers

Monday, September 21, 2009

I never knew scotch thistles grew so tall. This one is about 7 or 8 feet tall.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

I'm a fan of tall grass, especially the ones with "blooms" at eye level. Anyone know the variety in this photo?

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Last night was our first frost warning of the fall. Although we didn't get any frost, it got me thinking that summer is fading. This month we've had only one day with rain, and that same day, yesterday, was the first cool day of the month. It looks like the rest of the month will be warmer than yesterday, yay, but we will be receiving rain at some time. This old snow-mobile on dry land can stay there - I have no desire to hear or see one until next year, 2010, at the earliest.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Mr. P.'s car has seen better days. In fact, a few more than my recently departed truck,Big Red. At least I was able to sell my vehicle for a case of beer. It looks like the only takers for this car would be Fred Flintstone or Barney Rubble - it wouldn't take much to plant your feet for brakes and acceleration.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

In cottage country there are probably not many old neglected roofs as this one. This cottage is one of 2 on a very neglected property on Four Mile Bay of Trout Lake. It's on a small north facing bay with nearly 300 feet of shoreline and a large open flat area slightly above water level. It could probably be had for around $300K.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The view from the deck this morning of the mist on the lake indicates that autumn is nearing - the warmth is leaving the water.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Mr. P. relaxes while hoping for pickerel.

Grandson Cody is ready.

No pickerel, but 2 sheepshead were pulled up.

Monday, September 14, 2009

This marker marks the final portage, la Tortue, for Samuel de Champlain and his fur trader canoes paddling from the Ottawa River to Trout Lake.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

I hauled the "Fortuitous" out of our lake yesterday afternoon, and Mr. P., Cody and I went fishin' on the big lake - Lake Nipissing. It was a most excellent afternoon and evening, even though the pickerel were absent. The final tally was 4 clams, 2 sheepshead (drum) and great satisfaction.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

As noted many times previously, I do like reflections in photos. Here is one from the shoreline in Turtle Lake.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Yesterday was another fabulous "July" day. After supper we went for a sunset cruise in the boat to cap off the day.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Here in the Canadian Shield, trees grow, so it seems, right out of the rocks. They scramble when very young however they can for any root hold with a patch of dirt and, over time, the roots seek dirt and grow into rock crevices. The results are like the photos above - trees growing out of the rocks.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

I took these shots of the moon Sunday night from the boat in the middle of Four Mile Bay. This one of some clouds in front of the moon was with a flash - I don't know how the flash could have been any help, other than speeding up the shutter speed.

This shot was taken without the flash, and the shutter was open longer than for the photo above. Also, the boat was bobbing around a bit, so it was hard to keep still.

This was another "bobbing in the boat" shot, but a completely different effect than the photo above.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

The lake is an endless source of reflection photos.

Monday, September 07, 2009

Turtle Lake

Mattawa River

Sunset Over Camp Island

Sunset Over Four Mile Bay
The gang went out for an afternoon and evening BBQ cruise on the Franklin's pontoon boat yesterday. It was awesome - good friends, good times, fabulous weather - what a great way to spend time on the long weekend!

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Can I come out to play?
This is a very familiar scene here at the compound - Sunny just loves to be outside with everyone.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

The cormorants are really making a mess out of the trees on this island. Is there anything that can be done short of eliminating the birds?

Friday, September 04, 2009

Big Red Changes Hands
The Deal Is Sealed

Tod witness the "passing of the torch" as Big Red, the old '90 GMC, is exchanged for a case of beer. Happy trails.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

I built this bridge years ago on the path we call Cody's path for my grandson. It crosses a swampy area that can be a tad slippery when it's raining, which was a lot this summer.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

September - Already??
Well, the watering can indicates stuff still needs to be watered, and the wood is stacked and drying to be used, I hope, much later.