20151228 Night before the winter storm on Georgian Bay

Various weatherfolks have forecast a significant storm overnight and tomorrow:


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It looks like we’ll get about a foot of snow, driven by high winds overnight and tomorrow.   It will be exciting to try to capture some of the sights with the camera.

Boxing Day arrived with a misty sky as the moon set in the west.  Here is a photo of the setting moon through two dead elms beside my driveway:

( Do you see the error I made in this image?)


Yes, I focused on the moon.  I should’ve focused on the branches, as the moon was obstructed by the mist anyway!    I did rectify the situation a minute later, but by then the cloud had obstructed the moon!  Gotta pay attention when doing this sort of thing!

We went for a short drive up the highway to capture the rising sun on a frosty day:


Then back into Britt to see the Inlet:

St Amants dock posts …


Nice cottage in the sunlight, with Mrs. and Mr. Mallard inspecting the scene.


A Touch of Frost on the cedars …


Yes, Jack Frost has been by …


Yesterday we went out on the Jamot Lumber Road after a light snowfall …


Can anyone explain this?  The ice is about an inch thick and the circle about 6′ in diameter:


Nice light!


I’ve got flashlights ready and the generator checked in case we need them tonight.  December is going out with a bit of a bang!

20151226 December … another year is ending.

To offset the dim light of a low sun and short days we have Christmas celebrations to spread cheer and lightness, like these two fine examples in Britt:

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And, this year, we had the first Cold Christmas Moon since 1977, not to be seen again until 2034.

Here it is, as seen from the Town Dock after sunset on Christmas Day:


And here it is the evening before, Christmas Eve, from a deck on Old Legion Lane:

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The last few weeks in December has been a challenge for a camera enthusiast  … so we had to dig deep for subjects to capture:

Phragmites blowing in the wind on a day with some rare blue sky:


Sand/light patterns in a ditch:


More ditch textures:


Rainy December day at Shawanaga  turn-off:


We had some severe rainstorms and windstorms, including this evidence of a washout on Hwy 522.


Some folks are still recovering from the windstorm on Christmas Eve.  This is what the Inlet looked like:





Yes!  A small flock of Mallards stopped in on Christmas Eve.


Local artist spreads Christmas Cheer….


Earlier in the Month I went down to Skerryvore at sunset…



And, finally, I visited with some friends in Byng Inlet on Christmas Eve.  They have constructed their house from wood sawn on their property.  After a few years, they now pronounce their Kitchen Island as “Finished”.   Here is an example of their work:


I hope that you are enjoying a good time over the Christmas holidays with kith and kin.  We are indeed blessed in this Country of ours, aren’t we?

And all of the best of happiness and prosperity in 2016 —- which is coming up quickly, eh?



20151130 End of November … a mink and water sights

After the winter wonderland we had lots of warm rain which melted the snow and filled the ditches.

We saw this mink swimming along the shore near St Amants:

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Yes, for a minute I thought it was Rudolph, the Red Nosed Mink!

Then we checked out the local ditches for sights:  (Click on the images to see the intricacies full screen.)


Up closer:








This is some stranded ice on the Inlet, near where the mink was a few days earlier.



Ice sculptures in another roadside ditch:


Even though the weather was drab and the landscape had the November blahs, there always seems to be something to see out there!