27 May
2016
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The Iconic Muskoka Chairs

This is a well recognized scene when you visit Clevelands House on Lake Rosseau in Muskoka. Americans know them as the Adirondack chair however we refer to them as the Muskoka chair. You will see them on almost every dock or lawn throughout the Muskoka and cottage country region.

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25 Apr
2016
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High Water Levels in Muskoka

I’ve been visiting Muskoka recently dealing with the high water problems that many of us are suffering through. This is the second time in the past few years this has happened with the first being in 2013. I made a 2 min video showing the extreme volumes of water flowing from the Bracebridge Falls into Lake Muskoka and then out through the Bala Falls into the Moon River. There are some photos of the damage this high water has caused at the end of the video.



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21 Mar
2016
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Muskoka Drone Proposal

I’m so stoked about the upcoming season in Muskoka. Here is a sweet little video with some beautiful drone flying to get you in the mood. Thanks to Jon Corbin from CorbinVisual for permission to post. Congrats Jon on such a cool marriage proposal. Jon confirms she said Yes! :) Check out Jon’s Youtube page with some of his other fine video work.



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14 Dec
2015
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Simply Cottage

El Niño is certainly bringing unseasonable weather into the Muskoka area. It will be interesting to see if/when the lakes freeze over or when the snowmobile trails open this year.

I dropped by Simply Cottage located in the old Muskoka Foundry recently and met the new owners. Simply Cottage is housed in the Muskoka Foundry which also has a new owner with big plans to expand the property with a brew pub, live entertainment, food and artisan area. If you haven’t visited here I would recommend you take a stroll through next time you are in the Bracebridge area. It is filled with cool cottage related items for decorating or gift giving. (iPhone 6s+ photo)

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30 Oct
2015
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Fall into Muskoka Video

This is a cool video with some drone shots around Bala, Torrance, Port Carling, and Gravenhurst areas of Muskoka. Thanks to Jon Corbin of Corbin Visual

Fall into Muskoka from Corbin Visual on Vimeo.



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22 Oct
2015
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The Peak is Over

Unfortunately I missed the best of the fall colors and the warm Canadian Thanksgiving this season. I had the opportunity to travel to Ireland and see some beautiful sites. Even though the Muskoka color has peaked there is still some colorful foliage hanging on. Here is a photo from yesterday just off Tally Ho Road.

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25 Jun
2015
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The BBQ Graveyard

I ventured out to buy a new BBQ recently. I recall the last time spending almost an entire day putting one together so I wanted to avoid that ordeal. I noticed some beauties at Muskoka BBQ located at the Glen Orchard General Store. While there I was asked if I had seen the BBQ graveyard. Thanks to Pete for the help and the walkabout in the graveyard.
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29 Mar
2015
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Saving the Bala Falls

This is probably the last snowy photo I will put up for this season since spring is on everyone’s mind now. I took this photo a few weeks ago while touring around Bala. There has been a lady living in this van (down by the river) who is in protest of the Bala Falls being turned into a generating station. This controversy has been going on for a few years and was originally led by ex Mayor Alice Murphy who lives downstream to the falls. I see the pros and cons for both sides and personally feel that the citizens and taxpayers in Bala are the ones that should be making the decision to determine the outcome.  You have to admire someone so entrenched in what they believe that they sacrifice their lifestyle and make a stand.
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15 Mar
2015
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Peaceful Church in Bala

This is a church in Bala near the Bala Falls. It was very quiet on a cold winters day when I passed by recently. Only a few people around on snowmobiles. I believe they use this church to sell arts and crafts now.

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08 Mar
2015
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Waiting for the Kee

I took a drive past the Kee to Bala recently and noticed lots of sled activity visiting the pub next door. Looking forward to those hot sweaty nights listening to some fine tunes at the Kee.
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22 Oct
2014
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Video – Flying Above the Bala Falls

Someone shared this beautiful video of Bala Falls with me. It was taken from a drone in and around the Bala Falls. You can see the Muskoka fall colors and the beautiful cascading waterfalls. I recommend you play it in full screen with the highest resolution you can.



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08 Oct
2014
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A View from the Top

The view from the top of the Dorset Lookout Tower. It can be a bit of a shaky walk up the stairs especially when the winds are blowing. The tower is about 100 feet high and the overall elevation is about 500 feet over the Lake of Bays.
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03 Oct
2014
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Peaking

If you are interested in experiencing the fall colors in cottage country, now would be a good time. Many areas are currently at peak. Visit the Algonquin Park fall color report page for updates. Also check out the parks live webcam here

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21 Aug
2014
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The Mystical Powers of Sunflowers

The weather was rather crappy in Muskoka last weekend so we headed home early. On the way back I noticed this large field of sunflowers and it drew me in. I met a very kind farming couple who were selling vegetables here. After an interesting chat I asked if it would be OK to setup my tripod for a few shots.  I’m going to print a canvas version and drop it off for all the positive vibrations they have given to others.

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17 Jun
2014
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Gone Fishing

I passed by the Severn River on the way home from the cottage on Fathers Day and noticed these fishermen in the rapids. This is the area after the falls where it flows into Georgian Bay.

The central Ontario Severn River is 30 km or about 19 mi long. The river services many cottagers mostly only accessible by boat.  The river sees many yachts and large cruisers traveling from Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe near Orillia to Georgian Bay, or vice-versa.

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21 May
2014
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Dead

I don’t have any cat rescuing children videos or cutsie dog pics however I do have this little fellow who whacked his noggin on the cottage window. I have been told that its a adult male Black-Throated Green Warbler. The poor guy didn’t make it.

Speaking of dead…. I spent the long weekend at the cottage and noticed that many places were still closed. As I drove into Port Carling Friday afternoon I noticed shops with the winter boards still on their windows. On Saturday I thought it would be a good idea to book dinner at the new Medora restaurant (formerly Rebecca’s) – nope – closed. Later in the day I drove by Clevelands House – A huge resort, closed. (Apparently they had roof damage from the heavy snow loads this winter) The local bakery – Closed.

Ok so I went by a local marina thinking surely it would be bustling with people gassing up and getting their boats. Nope – not a soul around, deadsville! We are talking about the Victoria Day long weekend, the May-two-four, the weekend that kicks off the summer season in Canada. I suppose it is the late spring, cold weather and high water levels that killed everything? I try not to be influenced by these sort of things and keep rolling along but it is an interesting observation. Umm welcome back – kinda.

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23 Apr
2014
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The Old White Cross

I was driving around the Minett area recently hoping to get an updated photo of the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Morinus. I knew I could get a good view of Lake Rosseau from here and see the ice conditions at the same time. I’ve photographed this cool church a number of times mostly from the boat. Just down the road from the Church I noticed this interesting cemetery and stopped by for a visit.

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13 Mar
2014
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The Essence of Nature

When you stand amongst the forest you can feel a transformation approaching. There is a certain softness, a stillness and a freshness permeating the air. It’s not obvious nor distinct but I sense it deeply embodied in my soul.

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25 Feb
2014
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A Change is Gonna Come

I don’t know about you but I’m ready for spring. I can’t wait for the lakes to open up, the birds to chirp and early morning coffee on the dock. This winter seems like a long, cold, torturous bad dream that just won’t go away. OK, maybe I’m whining a little but we are all ready for a shift in gears.

 



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28 Nov
2013
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Precipitous Manifestations

Winter has arrived with a vengeance and has transformed the region into postcard pretty. Some of the smaller lakes have begun to freeze over which seems early compared to other years. Its a beautiful time to get out and experience the arctic fresh air. I wonder what the Farmers Almanac predicts for the kind of winter ahead, that is if you believe in that kind of thing.

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