11 Apr
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There are Signs

Looking out onto Lake Rosseau for the signs of spring.

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26 Mar
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Snow on the Ground, Ice Out & Cottage Life Show

Lots of talk as to when the ice will be out and concerns of flooding. One thing very noticeable on the Big 3 lakes is how low the water levels have dropped in anticipation of the spring run off. I don’t think I have ever seen it this low. With this years record snowfall I’m sure the pressure is on the Ministry to manage the levels very carefully. Here is an interesting chart published by Algonquin Park showing the accumulation of snow on the ground 2013 vs. 2014.

Don’t forget the Cottage Life show  this weekend March 28 -30, 2014 in Toronto.

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13 Mar
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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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04 Mar
2014
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Snow Blanket on Lake Rosseau

The March lore – In like a lion and out like a lamb? Well we shall see. Lake Rosseau on a snowy day. Please click on the image for a biggie shot.
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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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06 Feb
2014
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The Chapel of Baked Goods

During the Muskoka summers I often visit Abbey’s Bake House to worship the most awesome bacon maple infused butter-tarts known to mankind.  Abbey’s is a 19th century church brought in from Digby, Nova Scotia and repurposed as a seasonal bake house. I was walking across the ice on Lake Rosseau near Clevelands House recently when I dropped by for a pic.
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27 Jan
2014
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Its all right now …in fact its a Gas

Driving around in Muskoka you can sure get a sense of how much snow has fallen this winter. Certainly more than I have seen in a few years. Lets hope that when the big melt down arrives this spring that the Ministry has it under control, unlike last year. Looking out from the Summer Water Sports dock, Wallace Bay, on Lake Rosseau towards Clevelands House on a very snowy day.

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21 Jan
2014
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Bubbling

I don’t know about you but in the back of my mind I’m always thinking about Muskoka. Well, after a refreshing trip south I finally got the opportunity to get back up to the cottage and check things out. I went for a little stroll out on the ice as it appeared to be fairly thick even though I didn’t see any fish huts.  You can see the bubblers are working, keeping the ice off the boathouse cribs and docks. I setup my tripod and camera for some shots and ended up taking this one with my Android phone.

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04 Jan
2014
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Washaway

One of my New Years resolution top 10 – more time spent in Muskoka. How about you?

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12 Dec
2013
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Blog Break and Happy Everything!

I would like to thank everyone who took the time to visit the Muskoka Blog this past year. I enjoy the many connections we have made over the years. Its time to take a little blog break, abandoning ship so to speak. I’m aimed due south and off to explore sandy beaches, splendiferous sunsets and just perhaps, the sampling of  cool liquid amalgamations.

I wish you and your loved ones peace, love, health, happiness, prosperity and look forward to connecting in 2014.

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05 Dec
2013
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My Mom Would Have Been Proud

I’m lacking some new Muskoka photos so I decided to include a little unbridled self promotion for content. Thank you Georgian College for including me in your recent selection of 10 entrepreneurial alumni. It is a real honor!

I have also included another article below titled, Nature vs. Nurture from a few years back. For the new article in PDF version please click HERE.

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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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15 Nov
2013
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Before the Big Freeze

Anticipation of high water levels in Muskoka if we get the 40-50mm of rain forecasted these next few days.  And we thought we were done with high water after this past spring. A Muskoka boathouse before the big freeze.
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06 Nov
2013
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Boathouse Shutdown

Its eerie quiet around Muskoka as we prepare for what feels like an early winter. Not many boats out on the lake anymore and when you see one its usually a service boat from a local marina. For some reason all the visitors have disappeared. Boathouse shutdown has commenced.
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24 Oct
2013
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The Seasons Last Boat Ride

I enjoy being out on the lakes this time of year.  Its extremely peaceful and somehow the raw beauty of it all gets amplified exponentially. I try to keep the boats in the water as long as I can and that’s usually until we get our first snowfall which has now happened. We made our way across Lake Rosseau and on up the Joe River into Lake Joseph. To keep warm we meandered slowly as the air was crisp and sharp making our eyes water. For a long duration no one spoke as our brains soaked it all in. A final goodbye to the Muskoka boating season.

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17 Oct
2013
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Searching for Emanating Color

Out on the water I had a difficult time finding fall colors since the shorelines are predominately lined in mature conifers. While passing through Port Sandfield I noticed this small bay dotted with boathouses with a semblance of color. Shooting with an ultra-wide angled Nikkor 14-24 lens produced this panoramic type shot. Please click for a larger 2048p sized photo.
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10 Oct
2013
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On the Road to Big Chute

While driving back from the cottage last week I was trying to explain the marine railway system at Big Chute to some guests. If you haven’t checked it out I highly recommend you stop by. Especially if you are one of those curious techno-geeks like me and besides who wouldn’t want to travel to a cool place called Big Chute?  I got a little sidetracked with some roadside distractions along the way but we were lucky enough to see the giant apparatus in operation. Oh and looks like awesome weather for a happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

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03 Oct
2013
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Falling for Fall Foliage

The colours  (or colors for you Americans) are really starting to dazzle around the Muskoka area right now. The Ontario Parks Fall Colour Report states that Muskoka is near peak. I hope you get a chance to get out and experience it all. Take in one of the awesome trails if you can.
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26 Sep
2013
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Goodbye Summer

It was only a few weeks ago that we were frolicking in the lake and basking in the sun. Now suddenly the big switch has been pulled. I took this shot with an iPad and ran it through the camera+ app
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18 Sep
2013
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Whats SUP?

Have you tried to SUP - Stand Up Paddleboarding? I haven’t, but I think I may be good at it. Taken at the Touchstone Resort on Lake Muskoka in the early morning.
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