Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
I took a photo of this pile of cedar rails a few years ago in the winter ( and sold a few copies). This is the first time I've revisited the site, but all I did this time was snap the photo as I was shooting the fire damage that was on the other side of the laneway. By the way, Mr.P., when was the winter cedar rails photo posted?
Monday, March 29, 2010
My buddy, Mendo from across the lake, came home from a "mission" in town on Saturday afternoon to find a brush fire at his place. Seems his neighbour, insert your own derogatory term here, was burning brush on a very dry, windy morning, and he left the fire unattended for a while. The results as seen from the photos above could have been a lot worse if Mendo hadn't returned home when he did. The fire department had to be called to put out the fire. Although the fire kept low to the ground, it burned along the ground very quickly and could have threatened a lot more of the bush and the nearby houses without the stopping power of the fire department. The upside is the burnt area will be very green and happy with new growth over the next few weeks.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
I took this photo about 5 minutes ago. We have quite a lot of open water in front of our place. It's the earliest we have had so much open water in the 12 years we've been at the lake. Time to get the canoe ready.
7:40am, Monday, March 29, 2010
The ice in the above photo between the 2 sections of open water, i.e. the ice with the "open water" writing on it, disappeared over night, so there is a huge section of open water on the lake in front of our place.
It's pretty amazing how precarious some places are that trees hang on to. This white pine and red pine tree relationship is not only interesting because of the edge of rock they are hanging on to but also interesting in how intertwined their different root systems are.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
This photo of Sunny was taken last weekend while it was still possible to get out on the lake ice. She's standing pretty close to the pressure crack that is now really open. To get on the ice now from our place you'd need chest waders and nerves of steel as the ice is 10 feet from shore, and then it's pretty flimsy for 10 or more feet: not worth the effort.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
GAWD and the Ice Marshall prepare to relax and enjoy the view down the length of Trout Lake.
"Shanky's Retreat" in all its glory.
With chainsaw and other implements of destruction, we scaled the heights of the Ice Marshall's land yesterday and carved out a spot for a lookout over the lake. A few large rogue trees had to fall, and we fabricated a bench from some of the smaller "victims." After the hard work was accomplished, we celebrated our endeavours in the usual manner.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
The fall opening of the new bike/walking bridge over Highways 11 and 17 that was constructed last summer was too late in the year for me to check out on my bike. I did check it out, though, the other day and took these shots from inside. It's a complete enclosed bridge, obviously for safety reasons. The upper photo is looking southward along the highway, and the lower photo looks northward as the highway "snakes" through North Bay.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
This pressure crack now has open water, and at this point it's about 50 feet deep.
We went for a walk on the ice yesterday, probably the last one this winter. In this photo Pat and Spike are walking along the open pressure crack that is about 100 feet off shore. The open water is in an area where the water depth is 50 feet. It's a very early spring here, and it looks like the ice is starting to break up early. It is, however, 4 weeks or more from being ice free.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Here are some of the ice huts on Calander Bay of Lake Nipissing. On the North shore is the "expensive" subdivision with monster, "over the top" houses that are part of the area around the Osprey Links Golf Course.