22 Dec
2008
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The Church on the Hill in Gregory

On the Lake Rosseau side of the fence there is an old Anglican Church – The Christ Church of Gregory.

Well its time to take a small Blog break. I have not had many chances to get up north this winter but will return for New Years. I’m headed to the Caribbean in search of sandy white beaches and mixed concoctions. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and all the other correct Seasonal Greetings. See you in 2009 – Cheers!

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16 Dec
2008
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Scaled Down Santa

I saw Santa !
He was just outside the LCBO down in Niagara-on-the-Lake. No he didn’t have time to stop.  Old Mr. Claus seemed his jolly self but there was something missing. There were only 5 reindeer powering the sled this year. Also, not an elf in sight.  The recession has hit Santa hard however there are rumors of a bailout package coming soon.

Santa Clauss

Santa Clauss

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11 Dec
2008
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Sun Trees

In the middle of snow flurries everything stopped for a minute and the sun peaked through the clouds. I was hoping it would drop so I could shoot it between the trees but it disappeared and continued to snow again.

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07 Dec
2008
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Snow Horses

It was snowing pretty hard when I approached the fence and these two zeroed in on me with blank stares almost immediatley.



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05 Dec
2008
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Beware of Swamp Monster

Beware of Swamp Monster – found this sign on a trail in the woods up near Minett, Ontario. There was a small lake at the end with a private camp setup for wakeboard training . Click for biggie size



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30 Nov
2008
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The Tours Over

Stumbled upon this Bus parked in a wooded area. It appears the road tour may be over for a while. Not sure if anyone was living in it or not. Please click for a larger size.

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28 Nov
2008
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Conn Stafford Smythe R.I.P. in beautiful Muskoka

Toronto Maple Leaf fans are hoping for the turning over of a new leaf (no pun intended) with the signing of Brian Burke as the new President and GM announced recently. With this news I thought of Conn Stafford Smythe who rests peacefully across the road from my cottage overlooking Lake Rosseau in Muskoka. Stafford was the son of the great Conn Smythe and only lived to the age of 50 while embroiled in controversy with control of the Leafs and Maple Leaf Gardens.

They have changed Stafford’s headstone in recent years as it used to read; “He was dearly loved by his wife, children, and many friends, he was persecuted to death by his enemies. Now he sleeps peacefully in the quiet north country that loved him for the person he was”

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26 Nov
2008
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Henshaw Lake in Muskoka

I took over 100 new photos last weekend and my CF card crapped out on me.  Thanks to the data recovery software I got them back.   Henshaw Lake on #118 towards Port Carling . Some of the smaller lakes are freezing over. You don’t dare walk on them yet though.

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24 Nov
2008
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Winter Road

We have snow! There was not as much up north as I thought there would be. I noticed far more snow around the ski hills near Mount St. Louis, Moonstone area with many trees broken and bent over from the weight of  the snow.

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18 Nov
2008
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When you come to a fork in the river – take it

I have not had a chance to get back up north and take some snow related photos as of yet. Hopefully this weekend. I guess that’s what happens when life gets in the way. Here is a shot up in Caledon, Ontario of the Forks of the Credit River.



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16 Nov
2008
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Fishing off the Parry Sound Wharf

It was an ominous day in Parry Sound (birthplace of Bobby Orr) where I spotted these kids fishing off the local wharf.  I blasted off a few shots as they ignored me while they concentrated on baiting their hooks. Then without saying anything to them they turned and smiled.

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13 Nov
2008
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The Leaning Doors of Rosseau

I posted a similar shot of these doors I found up in Rosseau back in June. Many liked them so I thought I would show from the opposite angle.



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12 Nov
2008
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The Drive Thru on Muskoka Road #38

There are many roadside signs offering up “cheap smokes” as you cruise through Muskoka Road #38. This road starts in Bala and connects to Highway #400 passing through the Wahta Mohawk Reserve. It was raining and I was short on time but managed to snap this photo of a drive thru shop along the way.  Click on the photo for biggie size



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10 Nov
2008
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Lest We Forget

Remembrance Day, also know as Poppy Day. We are so removed and insulated from what it was like for our dads, brothers, uncles, grandfathers and friends to go off to war and never arrive home again or return changed forever. We now take those sacrifices for granted. Please ponder it a moment…

Taken in Bala Ontario overlooking the Moon River



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07 Nov
2008
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The JW Marriott in Muskoka

There is only one JW Marriott Hotel in all of Canada and its located at the Red Leaves resort near Minett in Muskoka. This is a massive resort built on 1400 acres and located on the shores of Lake Rosseau. There is a 700 acre nature trail, spa, restaurants, theater and more. It was still under construction when I strolled by but parts of it should be opening soon.



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05 Nov
2008
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Muskoka through the Trees

Most of the leaves have dropped off now. A few are still hanging on as the bleakness of fall approaches.

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03 Nov
2008
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Looking Back at Bala Falls

While taking a drive through the town of Bala in Muskoka its hard not to miss the Save the Bala Falls signs.  Many locals and cottagers are very upset at the possible destruction of  the natural beauty of these falls with a proposed hydroelectric plant being built. This photo was taken “looking back” at the road over the dam and railway bridge near Purks Place and the old stone church.



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02 Nov
2008
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On Frozen Pond

Last night the temperature went down to about -2C.  When I awoke I noticed the pond out front was frozen and contained some unique patterns in the ice. I knew it was time to get the boats out for November is upon us.

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31 Oct
2008
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The Sun Sets Over Clevelands House in Muskoka

The sun sets over Clevelands House to end another summer/fall season in Muskoka. I took this photo from a new trail that opened up along the shoreline from the Wallace Marina over to the New Red Leaves Resort. Of course Red Leaves now owns Clevelands and the entire shoreline around to the resort.  It has to be close to 2 miles of shoreline on Lake Rosseau in Muskoka – do the math.

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29 Oct
2008
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The Old Cranberry Truck in Bala, Ontario

Just before the Cranberry Festival hit the Town of Bala I made a trip over to Johnston’s Cranberry Farm. The leaves were almost peaking and the sun was warm at least compared to now. This old truck was or is used for the harvest of cranberries on the farm. It looks like it probably still works.



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