This morning I ventured out with my canoe to have a look at a little lake I found on Google Earth last night that appeared to have access from a good road. It is about a 45 minute drive, at least the way I drive, only having a car, from home, so it was perfect for today’s forecast of showers. Actually i had only planned to have a look at it today, planning to come back when the weather improved, but it turned out to be a beautiful morning so I put the canoe in the water and went exploring.
This is a opportune time of year to see the plants starting to bloom. I do not profess to know plants, but the next pictures show vegetation that I have tried to identify using Shan Walshe”s great book “Plants of Quetico and the Ontario Shield”. I think the first one shows Leatherleaf, but it may be Bog Rosemary. If anyone knows what it is please add a comment.
The next photo I believe is Bog Laurel, but I would like someone to verify this.
Northwestern Ontario is not known for tornadoes, but we do get plenty of what we call micro bursts. These localized, powerful winds will lay down mature hardwood and softwoods alike. These blow down areas will often be cleaned up by harvesting crews, but it is very hard work.
Twist is not very large, but it was just right for a midday paddle. I had seen a family of Canada geese on the stream, but stayed clear of them so as not to upset the parents, and there was a pair of Loons on the lake. Of course I heard their call before I spotted them. Nothing can compare to being on a lake and hearing that sound. Part of nature’s symphony.
I paddle once around the lake, with a stop on the far side for a mug of thermos coffee, then back to the stream where I came in. There is another stream on the south east side of the lake that will take you to Marks Lake. I do not know if it is navigatable, as even the stream I came in on had a small beaver dam that I had to push my canoe over. I live in prime beaver country and you see their lodges everywhere.
It turned out to be a great day after all. Even though it was only an hour or so of canoeing, and I didn’t see much wildlife, I’m sure I’ll be back to Twist Lake. I think the stream to Marks Lake needs to be explored.