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#FrameItFriday (week 40, season 2)

Loons on Baptiste Lake

#FrameItFriday (week 40, season 2)

Thanksgiving weekend is upon us, time flies! All the first year university students will (hopefully) trek home for the first time since the beginning of September. Belly's growling for some delicious home cooked food (other than ramen noodles) and perhaps a new appreciation for the comforts of home, parents and siblings.

I am very fortunate to be away right now, up at our beautiful #StudioNorth on #BaptisteLake with my husband Paul and of course #StellaCat. In a few short hours some of our kids will be joining us for the weekend and tomorrow more family. It's been far too long since we've all been together in one place so I'm looking forward to it, we all are actually.

So far this week Paul and I have been exploring trails by foot, backroads by car and parts of the lake by kayak. We've moved downed trees off the road (most likely as a result of the hurricane that tore through the area up here a few weeks back). Chasing loons around the lake was a treat as well. Nothing topped sitting on a rocky cliff overlooking #BarronCanyon in worth the drive and the short hike.

Mostly we've been searching for the iconic fall scenery without the crowds. There are still a few areas yet to "turn", such as the eastern end of the highway 60 corridor in Algonquin. We have not gone near the western gates but have been told the colours are reaching spectacular. This is the part of my blog that I say....if you're planning on taking in the colours up in Algonquin this weekend I'd recommend coming to the park from the east gates. Lineups are insane from the west gate and they're expecting heavy traffic and bus loads of folks all weekend long (just a warning). Perhaps a fall colour tour in the area outside the park may be a better idea. Like Highway 127 south from highway 60 down towards Maynooth is spectacular. Lecture over. I just don't want you to be sitting idling waiting your turn for hours to come through Algonquin.

So let's talk about the picture I've posted eh? I have to say it is one of the best photos I've ever taken of loons. Ok, so it's not an action shot, they were both fishing and torturing us popping up 100 feet away and disappearing in the blink of an eye. In short they were teasing us. From the looks of it I'd say the one on the right is a juvenile born this year and the one on the left maybe 2 years old? We were trying to figure out if they were a "courting couple" or just buddies hanging out to migrate together. I'll tell you this, the water looks somewhat smooth in the shot but it was windy, cool and choppy. I think out of 50 shots I took I managed to nail the focus on maybe 10 shots. I was getting seasick out there lol. I hope you like the shot.

Ok, hate to cut this off but I've got to do some Thanksgiving prep before the cottage fills up with hungry folks.......I've taken alot of fall shots I'll try and post a little album in the next few days, maybe, if I get a chance....have an amazing Thanksgiving to all of my Canadian friends and family. Enjoy this long weekend whatever you get up to.

Peace, love and kumbaya


#Loon #CommonLoon #Fall #Thanksgiving #Baptiste #CanonGirl #KayakCameraGirl #PhotoBlogger #BrantfordPhotographer #HeatherCardlePhotographer

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