Friday, April 29, 2011

Off to town **!&##*

My favorite job as you know, at least today I saw something on the the road. Stopped and got out with the camera and walked over to take a picture up close of course and the next thing I know its coming after me with his teeth just a chattering. I must have put him a corner, but I didn't expect the attack, after that I used the telephoto.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Duncan Lake Beaver

Went back out to Duncan Lake to see if the beaver was still there. I was hoping that he would be around as Kate (daughter) and Dave (boyfriend) were up for the Easter weekend and wanted to take some pictures. Sure enough he finally showed up and Kate got a couple of pics, we also found his lodge. He must be one of the rich beavers as they have oil heating by the look of the oil tank at the side of the lodge. I wonder who comes in and fills it.

The morning was spent ice fishing in front of the house, with 6 tip ups going Kate managed to pull up a nice whitefish, that was it for the rest of the weekend including today. Kate took my new profile picture while I was taking a pic of her.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

This is the 500th post since blogging

Yes it doesn't seem like that many but the register doesn't lie. Along with that about 1260 pictures have been posted. Over 17,800 views from 10 countrys not to bad for putting Gowganda on the map and taking my picture taking to a different level. I started out doing this to get back into photography after a long layoff. I have the viewers to thank for all this and I will keep on trying to find new areas and ideas along the way.

Today while sitting at the landing at Duncan Lake a beaver started to take notice of me and kept coming closer all the time until he figured out he shouldn't be there. A short while later an otter came along snorting and trying to figure out who the stranger was. He finally crawled up on the ice and kept his eye on me from a distance.

Friday, April 15, 2011

More pics from MacIntosh Creek

Just a couple more from MacIntosh Creek, the first one looking south toward Gowganda Lake about 1.8 km. away. The other from just above the beaver dam that holds the water back to Hedlund marsh.

On a sidenote I drilled a hole in the ice across from the house there is 50 cm. (20 in.) of ice.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Another nest box on MacIntosh Creek

Put out another nest box, this time for Wood Duck. The box and the entrance are both smaller than the Goldeneye box. I was going to put it north of the highway but with the melt going strong it was water from shore to shore. My second choice on the south side of the highway at MacIntosh Creek which eventually flows into Miller Bay on Gowganda Lake. Lots of good looking Wood Duck areas down through there. This is part of our snowshoe trail down to Gowganda Lake. Another spot for good pics later on.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Diabase Lake ferns

Out to do some fishing at Diabase Lake, didn't start off to well, just about to break through with the auger and the threads strip on the handle. Pulled out the trusty cresent wrench and finished the hole. Needless to say I didn't start to drill another with the ice still 60 cm. Within 5 min. I had a small pike and that was it until 1:00 PM when I packed it in.
Took a few pictures of the fern growth sprouting out from under the snow. The fern is Common Polypody.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Putting up a duck nesting box

Out this AM putting up a Goldeneye nesting box. The Gowganda Fish and Game Association had about 15 made by Ed Barnstaple. The best time to put them up is in the spring just before the ice gets poor. Some were put on Gowganda Lake, Mosher Lake and some on Firth Lake. Ed asked if I would like to put one in Diabase Lake and thats what I did this morning. These boxes are used by ducks that nest in tree cavities, when there is a shortage of cavities along the edges of rivers and lakes the nesting boxes take up the slack. Three species nest in tree cavities around here, Goldeneye, Wood ducks and Hooded Mergansers. The Goldeneye has a bigger nest box than the Wood Duck.
I will monitor some of these over the spring and hopefully get some pics.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Weather has done a 180

Yesterday we had about 7cm. of snow along with snow pellets and fog, today cold and snowing on and off. Pic of Firth Lake from yesterday and the Wapus Creek starting to open up.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Spring has sprung

It's about time were getting some spring weather. Lots of snow but it's finally starting to melt, the lake hasn't changed at all, lots of ice. Out to Hedlund marsh to see if I could find a splash of green starting to grow, after plowing thru wet snow above my boots I did find a little bit but I suspect it was green under the snow too. The creek running south to Gowganda Lake is starting to open up too.