Misty morning colour

I’m always fascinated by shades of purple that appear in a mist being chased by the rising sun and enjoy watching the islands and far shore being uncloaked.

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August 2017 – 70 years of the Beaver

On August 16, 1947 the first de Havilland beaver took to the air off a paved strip in Downsview, Ontario.

Celebrating this remarkable feet of Canadian engineering is special to me. Beaver C-GZBR, which we currently operate, was a part of my life before I can remember. I recently wrote about it on our business blog. Special thanks to my niece, Rebecca of Hello Harmony Studio for her commemorative design featured in that post as well as on t-shirts available for purchase in our office.

It only seems fitting that I select one of my favourite images of this aircraft (being flown by my favourite pilot) for our calendar this month.

April 2017 – ice out

Typically ice leaves the lake in front of our place some time between late April and early May. We eagerly await this change.

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July 2016 – geese

In celebration of Canada Day and family vacation…

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May 2016

The ice left our lake April 24th which is just a bit early in the range of normal.

It was unspectacular.

Some years, we are treated to delicate ice crystals dancing up on our shore line, some years winds push chunks of ice up as if there was a bulldozer on the other side of the lake. No matter how long it takes or how it looks and sounds in the process, the end result – beautiful blue – is one of my favourite views.

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March 2016

Looking forward to seeing the blue of fresh not frozen water!

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December 2015 icicles

Not every freeze up or ice out is interesting but some times we get spectacular scenes. This fall freeze up provided fascinating ice formations. We had several very windy days as the temperatures dropped and ice began to build up along the shore.

day before freeze up

frozen bubbles

It was as if the bubbles themselves became solid. There were thick layers of ice on every branch, twig and leaf.

ice-encased grasses

The next morning, the wind and water were silent and still.

icicle and ice along the shoreline

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And we were treated to a beautifully decorated Christmas tree!

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