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Early Winter Visitor

2018 October 23

Marten on bird feeder

(photo by Bob: 2018-10-23 - explore

We've only had our bird feeder up for a few days now, but this little guy has become a regular visitor -- we usually just see them in the winter. The bird feeder has been very active compared to last year when there was essentially no early season action. Hopefully there are no bears around but we haven't seen any recent signs.

We just missed some drama earlier today. A red squirrel was inches away from dropping down onto the roof of the feeder before realizing the presence of the marten. Usually if a marten is around, the squirrels are nowhere to be seen.

marten

Point Alexander

Open Mic at the Deep River Yacht and Tennis Club

2018 October 05

The Deep River Yacht and Tennis Club held its end-of-season party on Friday. The buffet dinner was by Maven Catering (with live dinner music by Marc Audet and trophy presentations by Evan Graham) and was followed by an Open Mic session arranged by Mike Griese.

Performers at the Open Mic included: bass - Denys Elliot; drums - Greg Hersak; guitar - Mike Gayda, Mike Griese, and Kurt Penney; keyboard - Diana McElroy; saxophone - Rob Carson; vocals - Joanne Bailey, Jodie Primeau, Cicely Proctor, and Christy Wojtaszek. (Not all performers are pictured - we left early because Diana was chilled. And some performers switched roles).

It was a successful and fun event even though the venue was somewhat chilly and the lighting was terrible for photography. But I got some pics.

Open Mic at the Deep River Yacht and Tennis Club
Open Mic at the Deep River Yacht and Tennis Club
Open Mic at the Deep River Yacht and Tennis Club
Open Mic at the Deep River Yacht and Tennis Club
Open Mic at the Deep River Yacht and Tennis Club
Open Mic at the Deep River Yacht and Tennis Club
Open Mic at the Deep River Yacht and Tennis Club
Open Mic at the Deep River Yacht and Tennis Club
Open Mic at the Deep River Yacht and Tennis Club
Open Mic at the Deep River Yacht and Tennis Club
Open Mic at the Deep River Yacht and Tennis Club
Open Mic at the Deep River Yacht and Tennis Club
Open Mic at the Deep River Yacht and Tennis Club
Open Mic at the Deep River Yacht and Tennis Club
Open Mic at the Deep River Yacht and Tennis Club
Open Mic at the Deep River Yacht and Tennis Club
Open Mic at the Deep River Yacht and Tennis Club
Open Mic at the Deep River Yacht and Tennis Club
Open Mic at the Deep River Yacht and Tennis Club
Open Mic at the Deep River Yacht and Tennis Club
Open Mic at the Deep River Yacht and Tennis Club
Open Mic at the Deep River Yacht and Tennis Club
Open Mic at the Deep River Yacht and Tennis Club
Open Mic at the Deep River Yacht and Tennis Club
Open Mic at the Deep River Yacht and Tennis Club
Open Mic at the Deep River Yacht and Tennis Club
Open Mic at the Deep River Yacht and Tennis Club
Open Mic at the Deep River Yacht and Tennis Club
Open Mic at the Deep River Yacht and Tennis Club
Open Mic at the Deep River Yacht and Tennis Club
Open Mic at the Deep River Yacht and Tennis Club
Open Mic at the Deep River Yacht and Tennis Club

musical performance photo set

Deep River

Three Nights on Whitson Lake

2018 September 6-9

Diana and Bob recently spent three nights camping on Whitson Lake. One afternoon was spent exploring the Five Mile Rapids Portage. Here are some photos from that trip. A full Bushlog will follow soon is now avaialable: Three Nights on Whitson Lake.

Whitson Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park
Whitson Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park
Whitson Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park
Whitson Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park
Whitson Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park
Whitson Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park
Whitson Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park
Whitson Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park
Whitson Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park
along the Five Mile Rapids portage in Algonquin Provincial Park
along the Five Mile Rapids portage in Algonquin Provincial Park
along the Five Mile Rapids portage in Algonquin Provincial Park
along the Five Mile Rapids portage in Algonquin Provincial Park
along the Five Mile Rapids portage in Algonquin Provincial Park
along the Five Mile Rapids portage in Algonquin Provincial Park
along the Five Mile Rapids portage in Algonquin Provincial Park
along the Five Mile Rapids portage in Algonquin Provincial Park
along the Five Mile Rapids portage in Algonquin Provincial Park
along the Five Mile Rapids portage in Algonquin Provincial Park
along the Five Mile Rapids portage in Algonquin Provincial Park
along the Five Mile Rapids portage in Algonquin Provincial Park
along the Five Mile Rapids portage in Algonquin Provincial Park
along the Five Mile Rapids portage in Algonquin Provincial Park
along the Five Mile Rapids portage in Algonquin Provincial Park
along the Five Mile Rapids portage in Algonquin Provincial Park
along the Five Mile Rapids portage in Algonquin Provincial Park
three nights on Whitson Lake
Whitson Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park
Whitson Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park
Whitson Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park
Whitson Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park
Whitson Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park
Whitson Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park
Whitson Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park
Whitson Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park
Whitson Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park
Whitson Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park
Whitson Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park
Whitson Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park
Whitson Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park
Whitson Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park
Whitson Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park
Whitson Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park
Whitson Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park
Whitson Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park
Whitson Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park
Whitson Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park
The diarist on Smith Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park
top of McManus Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park
top of McManus Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park

canoe trip photo set

Algonquin Park Coveo Lake Five Mile Rapids portage (Petawawa River) McManus Lake Petawawa River Smith Lake Whitson Lake

Photo Drive

2018 August 29

I bought a new lens and I wanted to check it out. So I went for a short photo drive in the Petawawa Research Forest. It was a squally day, which made for some interesting lighting conditions.

This year's crop of cotton grass is pretty impressive.

Young Creek at Racehorse Road in the Petawawa Research Forest
Young Creek at Racehorse Road in the Petawawa Research Forest
Young Creek at Racehorse Road in the Petawawa Research Forest
Racehorse Road in the Petawawa Research Forest
Cotton Grass along Racehorse Road in the Petawawa Research Forest
Cotton Grass along Racehorse Road in the Petawawa Research Forest
Asters along Racehorse Road in the Petawawa Research Forest
Along Bypass Road in the Petawawa Research Forest
Along the Cartier Lake Road in the Petawawa Research Forest
Along the Cartier Lake Road in the Petawawa Research Forest
The Chalk River at the Corry Lake Bridge
The Chalk River at the Corry Lake Bridge
The Chalk River at the Corry Lake Bridge

photo set

Bypass Road Chalk River Petawawa Research Forest Racehorse Road Young Creek Young Lake Road