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Friday, September 11, 2009
Portrait of the North
The loon and her chick were back in the bay this week. Baby has grown up -- a LOT -- since I took this picture in August. Which is good, because soon she'll be on her own. Mom will fly south, probably in October.
The juvenile loon will be left on the lake for a little longer before she, too, heads south. Maybe the youngsters just need a little extra time, maybe Mom and Dad just want some timewithout the kids after a long summer, but the young loons usually hang around until mid-November before gathering and flying south. I took this picture last November of one of the 'late loons' V-ing across the bay. Syl was doing his best to get a photo of the loons, but they were just that bit non-co-operative, hanging about just out of camera range.
We have guests here from Germany this week, Susanne and Mihajlo, who couldn't believe that the strange yodeling laughs they heard at night were created by birds. They got to see the loons on the lake, but of course the birds remained silent, so our guests couldn't quite put it all together. I promised them I'd post on the blog so they could see the bird, and hear the bird, so this post is for them! Our friend Gord Bell over at Beauview Cottage Resort snapped the shot of the loon pair earlier this year, floating off the end of his dock.
And we found a wonderful video of one of Algonquin Park's very own loons, for your viewing pleasure.
After all, these birds are iconic of the Canadian north. When we hear their call in the spring, we know winter is over, and all's right with the world.
There is an abundance of Native North American myths surrounding the loon, and the bird features in our historical literature as well as on our one dollar coin. The courier du bois called them "cry in a necklace" (un cri en collier) One of the most beautiful descriptions of the bird that you'll find anywhere, and still my favourite.
With March Break behind us and enough heat in the Sun to tempt us to sit outside and enjoy the melt, our thoughts are turned toward the coming summer.
On the way there we'll have Spring -- April and May virtually guarantee great moose sightings in Algonquin Park, and bird watchers swoon as new species arrive daily.
But Summer -- and claiming that crucially important Family Time -- takes a tetch of planning. If you are looking for an authentic Muskoka cottage experience, with the services and conveniences of a Resort included, we are your destination.
We have a selection of cottages still available through July and August, including one week at summer's start in our big LODGE which is ideal for a small reunion group of up to 18 people. We also have two, three and four bedroom cottages scattered through the season still available.
The water toys and boats will be in the water for the May Long Weekend. Algonquin Park is open, there is plenty happening in the area for those who want to be active... Or just hang out with us, enjoy the lake, watch for our wildlife, listen for our wolf pack, come out and meet our stars at night. There is lots to do, for all ages, plenty of room for kids to roam, games to happen, quiet spots to be discovered.
Give us a call. We've got your cottage waiting.
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You can check our availability on-line. We work hard to keep this current, but it may lag actual bookings. We much prefer to keep the personal touch, and to discuss your booking the 'old-fashioned' way, directly, person to person! This helps us ensure that we've got your booking just the way you want it.
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Take a Peek at our Cross Country Ski Trails
Click on the following links to enjoy a 'virtual ski' round some of our 15 km. of groomed track set cross country ski trails. Thanks to Altitude and Attitude, North Muskoka gets the kind of winter you can really enjoy. Huge thanks to Eric Prince, the creative mind that made this videos happen!
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Stuff for Sale!
From time to time, we've got funky stuff that needs to be 're-homed.' Check HERE to see what Brian's got for Sale at Bondi!