20160712-13 Manitoulin

We visited with kith and kin on July 12/13 and enjoyed some wonderful hospitality and conversations.  Made some pix also.   A sampling:

Gaily decorated pine tree on the road to Willisville.  The little rectangle, bottom right, is a solar collector so this must be quite interesting at night.

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White quartzite of the La Cloche Mountains ….

“With an estimated age of 3.5 billion years, the La Cloche Mountains are one of the oldest mountain ranges on Earth. The hills comprising the La Cloche Mountains are believed to have once been higher than today’s Rocky Mountains. They remain among the highest altitudes in Ontario.”

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Frood Lake from Willisville …

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Lake Manitou on a windy afternoon from Bass Creek Resort

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Sunset at Bass Creek Resort …

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July 13th sunrises along Bidwell Road towards Manitouwaning …

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Sandhill Crane poses for photo.

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High Falls picnic site on Highway 6 between Manitowaning and Sheguiandah, about 9 m high …

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Morning mists off of Pike and Bass Lakes as seen from Bidwell Road …

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Iconic garage at Bass Creek Resort …

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Bass Creek …

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Some birdies in the Irish Line roadside thickets:

Cedar Waxwing ,  quite different (white forehead, yellowish underbody, white undertail) from the Bohemian Waxwing, which we see here during the winter.

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This Yellow Warbler was busy flitting from branch to branch while feeding on flying insects.

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A glimpse of an American Redstart

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One of the little Monet-like creeks under Irish Line.

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Blue Vervain is blooming now …

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We did a quick tour of Manitowaning

and saw this lighthouse built in 1886:

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… and Heritage Park showing the Norisle and Burns Mill:

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On our way to Wikwemikong First Nation

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Holy Cross Mission, oldest Roman Catholic Church in Northern Ontario…

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Ruins of the original church (immediately to the right of the current church above)

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On the way back we stopped in Little Current to inspect the MV Victory I, tied up at the town docks.  It was commissioned from the St Laurent earlier this year.  Apparently she’ll be visiting Parry Sound on Aug 9th.

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Looking towards Dreamer’s Rock, a good place to let the doggie have a drink and a run…

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Trestle  remnants at a tributary of the Spanish River near Worthington:

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A great trip!   Always something new to learn!

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2 thoughts on “20160712-13 Manitoulin

  1. Tom, Beautiful display of your trip, esp. the High Falls picnic site, the Blue Vervain, the flowering Trestle remnants and that spectacular sky over the Sunset at Bass Creek Resort, those little singing beasties ++++. THANK YOU !!!!!

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