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Provincial Park Image of the Day: Waubaushene Beaches

April 18, 2013

Strangely, I have no photos for this park which I have apparently passed dozens of times.  I could find none online.  Having lived near the park for ten years, my mother had never heard of it either.  I think it sounds like an interesting place to visit -not today, but when it is not raining -and I really have no reason not to.  One fascinating site is either in or next to the park boundaries, the segregated cemeteries of Coldwater, Ontario.  Side-by-side, on Highway 12, are a Catholic and a Protestant Cemetery.  I have walked through them and onto a trail behind them so maybe I have been on the park grounds.waubaushene beaches waubaushene cemetery

 

Both images are from Google Maps.

Ontario Parks

Simcoe Community Reach

MNR Management statement from 1994 (PDF)

Trails and Tamaracks

Wayne Cook’s nearly exhaustive list of cemetery headstone images.

 

 

 

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Provincial Park Image of the day: Awenda in spring

April 14, 2013

My mother, son and I returned to Awenda Provincial Park on April 13 and had a good walk although no wildlife was spotted.

Again, we visited a beach and again, I admired the ice piles.

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I could have walked out to them, I think.  The last four metres was of thick-but-broken-and-refrozen ice and where I could see water, something in the clarity wailed cold.  I was still going to do it, but my son was watching and I decided not to demonstrate what foolishness I am capable of.

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We found one fin and one deer scapula (?) blog awenda hike (6)

My son likes to be clear on where precisely he is.  When he learned we were just outside of Penetanguishene and in Tiny Township, he decided this line was the border and delighted in hopping in and out of Penetanguishene.

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Since I’ve returned, deep views into forest have become fascinating to me but I cannot explain why or take a photo that offers the same pull.blog awenda hike (10)

Awenda has a small ampitheatre and stage.  I hope to hear some wildlife talks or the like there.blog awenda hike (11)

 

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Skiing Awenda in the Winter (Provincial Park Photo(s) of the day)

March 23, 2013

I keep saying Awenda is little known, but perhaps I have merely been there on quiet days. The Friends of Awenda page  seems well done.

I had a great ski there with my mother on Friday and want to go back.  I’m lucky to have gotten this day in so I doubt I’ll make it next week.

One problem with skiing there is there are only two ‘official’ trails, a short, easy 4 km or a long 13 km.  I’ve managed 10 km in a day, more or less, but didn’t feel up to 13.  So we followed a ski trail to the beach.  It was around 5 km as a 2.5 km in and out on the same trail -no loop.  The map showed the beach route, but I think it was only as part of the regular map, only the two trails above were explicitly described.

The skiing scratched an itch I didn’t know I had.  The silence was total and I felt like a church-farter when I yelled a comment to my mother.

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I think this is Christian Island.winter awenda (14) resized

 

The pictures above and below show how cold it can be.  You can see that the waves froze in mid-surge.winter awenda frozen wave blog ready

 

On the way to the park, we saw a fox run across the road.  The first I have seen in Ontario.  Midland Naturalists reported in February seeing 22 deer at one time in the park but we saw none.  There many tracks of many different animals but none actually seen.

I have decided to add a mark to the bottom of my pictures.  I have never previously worried about copyright or intellectual property theft (the benefit of being a poor photographer, I guess) and the writing is low enough to be cropped out if someone wanted to.  I welcome the idea of others using my pictures but want to keep some kind of identifying mark on them.  Suggestions? Ideas? Should I have the full url for my blog?