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Late Season Winter Storm

2018 April 16

A late season winter storm swept across Ontario, with significant snow, rain, freezing rain, ice pellets and wind, over the last three days. In actual fact, we were spared the worst of it here in the upper Ottawa valley. It certainly wasn't very nice out, but we only got a few centimeters of snow / ice pellets and minimal freezing rain. And no power interruptions. But for the time being at least, we're back into winter conditions.

And to think that we saw a red-winged blackbird at the Chalk River on Thursday.

Late season winter storm
Late season winter storm
Late season winter storm
Late season winter storm
Late season winter storm
Late season winter storm

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Spring (Interrupted)

2018 April 07

Some photos from our deck / porch this morning.

Spring is delayed
Spring is delayed
Spring is delayed
Spring is delayed

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Turkeys

2018 March 031

We've had six turkeys hanging around for the latter part of the winter. In the last several days, they've been joined by a tom, who has been pretty much in constant display mode -- when he's not eating, that is.

Turkeys in front yard 6 hens
Turkeys in front yard 1 tom in display mode
Turkeys in front yard 1 tom in display mode

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Point Alexander

Springtails

2018 March 29

Our front walk goes through an awkward phase each spring. As the snow melts, because the ground is still frozen, the water has nowhere to go. A lot pools on our front walk (on top of a thick layer of ice). On Wednesday morning, we noticed several red splotches on the surface of the water. Closer inspection showed these to be rafts of springtails.

Springtails
Springtails

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An Early Spring Drive into Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

2018 March 26

On Monday March 26, Bob and Diana drove into Lake Travers in Algonquin Park. It was a beautiful day and we had the park to ourselves; we didn't see a soul from when we left Hwy. 17 until well after we had left the park on the way home. Everything is still pretty much frozen but with a little bare ground in sunny spots. The road was in remarkably good condition, but it's still largely frozen. When we left home we didn't really have an agenda because we didn't know the condition of the road. But the driving was good and we went all the way to Lake Travers. None of the public side roads -- into McManus Lake or into Achray -- were drivable.

Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

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Achray Road Algonquin Park Barron River Forbes Creek Lake Travers Poplar Rapids (Petawawa River) Pretty Lake Sand Lake Gate