Back to retake pics of this truck at Duncan Lake. Being early spring there are less shadows with no leaves in the trees. This is 3 pictures stitched together as I was quite close to the truck to avoid branches.
This picture of Rankin Lake was taken during a canoe trip on the Montreal River. We camped for 2 days on the beach. I submitted it to the Visitor's Guide just recently and it was used for the Gowganda info page.
Yesterday down the Spear Lake Rd. to check out the bridge over the Wapus River. On a southwest bank of sand in full warm sun my first wildflower of the season. I had been looking for this one as it blooms early. Trailing Arbutus (Epigaea repens) a member of the Heath Family (Ericaceae).
Road down to Edith Lake has dried out. Ended up at the rapids and took a few pics. Snow on the ground this AM with a cool breeze the rest of the day. Pic of White throated sparrow the Whistler of the North.
Great day today sunny and warm, tomorrow rain and getting colder and freezing temps. Just a usual spring. Down the Mann Ridge Rd. to see if the opening of the old mine addit has started. Pretty quiet down there just a bulldozer stashed in the trees, they said they would start in May but I thought they may have started earlier with the good weather. A combined macro of willow flower. The bee's will be out enjoying the pollen.
Put in the minnow trap a couple of days ago thinking it was too early but today ended up with a dozen minnows, the water must be warming up quickly. On the trail I started seeing some new growth here and there it's about time.
Took a hike across the road a couple of days ago when the ice had moved from shore. This is earlier than usual but here is the first whitefish of the season. Several more and I will be able to fill the smoker. Mmmmgoood.
Promise of a warm day took us for another ride. This time north on the Bouche Rd west of town over the top of Firth Ck. where these pics are taken, south down the Holwood Rd. west of Firth lake to the highway. Along the highway to the Elkhorn Rd and down to the Elkhorn Lake landing and then back home. Good ride with some mud, snow and ice in the shadows. The pic is of Ed Barnstaple and Paul Trudel.
First time in Gowganda was 1968 with the Dept. of Lands and Forests, doing a soil and vegetation study for the Wildlife Productivity Inventory. While here found the country amazing, the boreal forest the lakes at every turn and the air clean and fresh. It didn't take long back then to get the camera out and start recording some of the sights I'd seen. Since then with a few layoffs in photography its good to get right back at it. Putting your pictures on a blog like this forces you to go out and take more pics, which is the goal of this site.
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