Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Gloomy day on Banker's Bay

Our for a hike and took a pic of Banker's Bay dark, rain, low clouds, dark water and then fixed it up or maybe not.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Elk Lake to Gowganda Video Link

Found a great video on the web of a fellow on a motorcyle and a helmet camera, biking from Elk Lake to Gowganda. Shows a lot of the country and all through town. You can view the video here.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

From the archives

Today one that looks back at summer just before a storm on Gowganda Lake.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Skim of Ice over most of the lake

Last night put a skim of ice on most of the lake, including the North Arm as seen from the Highway west of town. Last year it was about the 6th of December and frozen over shorty after.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

More hiking

Up at Edith Lake again yesterday, most of the snow had melted and the ground was soft. Took some more pictures especially some of the moss. It's like a carpet going up the side of the hill until it gets too dry.
Last week followed Miller Creek south for quite a way. Lots of small rapids with lots of water running. Will be here for some Speckeld Trout fishing next year.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Walking to Obushkong Lake

Walked up the ATV trail to Obushkong landing, a cool, wet wind from the north created large waves meeting the water coming over the falls. The falls created by the east Montreal river falling over stepped ledges from Edith Lake to Obushkong. The boat landing here has several camp and private boats most of them pulled up on higher ground for the winter.
On the way back I took several pics of a new plant to me, I knew by its range it should be here but I have never seen it. The plant has evergreen leaves (the Pyrola Family) and is called a Pipsissewa or Prince's Pine (Chimaphila umbellata). I took some pictures the day before but not being pleased with them I came back to take some more. This time the patch was covered in snow so I did my best to uncover and take some more pics. I have marked them so that in the spring I will photograph them in bloom.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Edith Lake walk

Did some fishing at the rapids today, the best I could do was wash the Rapala. After the fingers went numb it was time to warm up with a walk. Headed out towards Obushkon along the ATV trail. Some great areas for pics and will will return later. For today some mosses.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Horse Logging near Longpoint Lake

Out to Longpoint to see the horse logging, I had been out a couple of times before and missed them, today I took some videos of them cutting and pulling. They will be working this area until Christmas.

Monday, November 15, 2010

East Montreal River

This is a clip of the East Montreal River south of the Bridge in Gowganda.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Mid November flowers

Wandering around Outlook Point this AM and find a flower in bloom, mid November very strange. I supect the last few warm days started it blooming. A common plant called Yarrow. Not only was there one but another ready to bloom beside it.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

ATV trip on Silverclaim Road

Paul and I were out on Monday, GPS mapping the roads on the Silverclaim Road near Elk Lake. A lot of wood has come out of this road with massive clear cuts that go forever. Lots of planting taking place too. After lunch we went up the old road to the Welsh Mine (formerly the Otisse Mine). A headframe is still visible and some old out buildings all within sight of Silverclaim Lake. For some further reading go here.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Fall's colours are just about finished

Down the Spear Lake road as far as Wapus Creek. With all the flowers and leaves gone the colours have all become dull and dark. Thank goodness a couple of splashes are still about. Some blueberries, Sweet Gale and a Balsam Poplar with shoots growing all over the stem.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Canoeing in November

A break in the weather, the canoe still isn't put away why not go for a paddle. Headed out to the Montreal River at the Upper Notch dam. A little trouble breaking through the ice in the shade it was almost 2.5 cm. Once in the open water I headed north towards Metikemedo Lake the next bulge in the river once there turned around and headed back south. Went a bit down the Wapus and found a good spot for lunch and a stretch. Chased a pair of otters for awhile, seen a couple of ducks and that was it headed home a great day on the water.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Frosty morning

Hedlund marsh iced over and lots of frost on the trees.