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Algonquin Park

From June 2-9, 2001, Susan and Glen stayed at the Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Ontario and spent several days on trips into Algonquin Park which is only 20 km down the road.  Out of 10 rolls of film, these 37 shots (about 15%) seemed worth showing to everyone.  Click on the thumbnail images on this page to see the full size image.  Enjoy!

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We start at Deerhurst Resort...

 

Here's a friendly little fellow!  The groundhogs seem to own the Deerhurst Resort and they are all over the rock walls and fields.  Must be dangerous for any horses running across the fields.  We saw a great little family grouping - mom and 3 kids - sunbathing on the warm rocks at mid-day.  This one didn't seem too upset with me being close by.
 

Now we have the flora part of the exhibit.  We're working on ideas for giving the backyard a native Ontario woodland theme, and these pictures help.

 

Bunch berry - a pretty little flower very common in the Park.  It starts with these flowers (typically 1-2 inches across) and in the fall there are berries there in place of the flowers.
Fungus, fungus everywhere!  From the most fragile little structures to great huge things growing on the sides of dead trees which you might easily mistake for steps.
The Painted Trillium is a cousin to the Ontario provincial flower, the White Trillium.  They are almost the same except for the red/pink/purple veined centre in the blossom.
The Tamarack tree is common in many parts of the Park, but it's not a tree one sees typically in the gardens and parks of the city, so we weren't sure at first just what this odd evergreen was.
Gay-wings, also known as Fringed Polygala.
Pink Lady slipper, also known as Moccasin Flower.
A mossy bog.
The Pitcher plant, a bug-eating marvel.  The leaves are cupped (like a pitcher, duh!) which collects moisture and draws in the insects which get stuck there and consumed.
Trout-lily in a field of Star flowers.
Wild Sarsparilla.
Sheep Laurel.
Star Flower.
 

... and we move on to the Fauna portion of the exhibit ...

 

I know it's a little unclear, but out on the end of the log sticking into the lake there is the biggest turtle I've ever seen in Ontario.  We figured he had the prime location in the best sun since this was THE grandpa turtle of all the others in the lake.
More turtles: Betsy and Bill (really!).
More turtles: looks like a big fellow, but not the GrandPa.
More turtles: a family grouping.
It's a Great Blue Heron, just wading along the wet edge looking for lunch.
The Grey Jay is common in the Park and a very friendly bird.  This one was only a few feet away from us and still seemed more interested than scared.  There were 2 of them in a tree beside a signpost on the trail.  Probably most people stopped there to read the signpost, saw the Jays and sometimes fed them.  These Jays are smart little birds and probably figured out that this was a good place to find lunch.
OK, don't laugh.  That little spot of red in the very middle of the picture is the breast of a hummingbird.  You just about never see them sitting still and it was early evening so a little too dark for 400 ASA film to catch him in flight.  This was at Arowhon Lodge in the Park and there were several of them feeding and dodging the barn swallows that were swooping over Little Joe Lake.
Don't laugh at this one either!  That brown spec in the middle of the picture, at the edge of the trees on the far side of the stream's meadow is .... a moose.  We saw one moose and one deer along the side of the road but never got a picture.  THIS is the moose picture from this trip.
We were canoeing across ... what else ... Canoe Lake and came very close to this Loon.  Loons are territorial, and this one was cruising up and down HIS shoreline.  We saw it at the start of our canoe trip, and again at the end, in about the same place.
 

To wrap it up, some shots of the intrepid travelers, hikers, canoeists, photographers and the obligatory sunset shot!

 

There is a cairn erected high on a point on Canoe Lake in memory of Tom Thomson, the Canadian painter and member of the Group of Seven.  It's completely appropriate since this was his territory, the subject of his paintings, and the pine tree behind the cairn is the perfect accompaniment.
We tried to find a way to spend the day canoeing without too many portages.  Here's one on our way home late in the afternoon.  We're just getting ready to get back in the water.
Susan in her cathedral.
Glen resting his bones.
Susan and Glen at the Tom Thomson cairn.
Sunset as seen from the Lodge at Arowhon Pines.  We had a wonderful dinner there one evening and afterwards, retired to the veranda to watch the sunset, drink tea and coffee, and watch the hummingbirds and swallows.

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Glen C. Bodie, July 2001