Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Frostty Morning

We had the first heavy frost of the winter  fall yesterday with temps of minus 5C, that's around 27F in American. While the car was defrosting I took a few photos in the back yard.

Saturday, October 16, 2010


I have a new friend M whom I met through this blog. It turns out that he lives on a farm nearby and on that farm he has a few pets: peacocks, emus, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, goats, llamas, alpacas, sheep, goats, horses, dogs, cats, a pig and a donkey. It's a happy place



Friday, October 15, 2010

more Fall

 Clear blue skies and reflections on the water. This was taken at Warkworth last weekend.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Salmon Run

Chinook salmon runs aren't only found on the west coast as here in Ontario we have our own versions. Some years ago Lake Ontario started to be stocked with those Pacific coast natives to provide fishing fun and a predator for alewives. Alewives are a fish and not a Hogarthian pub landlady BTW, oh and they may now be endangered because of too many hungry Chinook.

Apparently each year between 2 and 5 thousand fish return to the Ganaraska river and head upstream to spawn after living out in Lake Ontario for about 3-4 years.  They die after spawning, I suppose there is nothing left to do in life once you have perpetuated the species.

Looking upstream to Port Hope
 On the way up they have to deal with the added problems of fishermen.  I was in Port Hope today and watched the fishermen from the footbridge. It's amazing how many of them there are right downtown. I spent a good 15 minutes watching them, one guy hooked 3 huge salmon in that time but only landed one of them. 
Another landed two. You see the fish leaping out of the water as they try to get away.

and downstream with the uranium refinery in the distance
Most fishermen throw the fish back. You can eat fish from Lake Ontario but it's not recommended for children or women of child bearing years......... kinda puts you off a little doesn't it?

There were several dead fish lying in the water. One of the people on the bridge said the racoons come down and feast on them, they bring the whole family and pig out on a fish supper. I suppose they then lie at the side of the river rubbing their bellies and belching.

Salmon sandwich anyone?

Friday, September 24, 2010

Fall Fotos

Ontario in the fall. There will be photos, and fall colour blogging galore. I feel no shame in joining in, after all it is absolutely glorious. I like autumn in England with its mellow shades of gold and bronze, the smells of fallen leaves and the mists. Here in Ontario we have the fall. It's sudden and "in yer face" Wonderful reds added to the golds and bronzes. The yellow of goldenrod glows from the fields. The nights are cool and hopefully the days are warm. The end of summer and the threat of winter.

Different Days, Same Lake

Here are two impressions of Lake Ontario, the first images were taken a week ago in Cobourg, It rained heavily all day and the wind was gusting strongly. Yesterday I was a few kilometres west of Cobourg in Port Hope and it was a warm and sunny breezy day.

To the lighthouse!

Wait til the waves die down maybe

Surf's up- there are some surfers in there but hard to see in the grey murk
Now that's better

Seagulls, or should that be lakegulls?