The World of Lichens

We’ve been very lucky most of this winter with above-normal temps and only three substantial snowfalls. Winter, however, is no longer messing around. Temperatures for the past week have been downright frigid. Today was the first day that temperatures warmed up enough for me to venture out of the house and take some neighbourhood photos.

Decaying Post

I’m trying to think outside the box to get more creative shots, considering that I’ve been walking the same area for almost a year. This first shot (above) is of a post that has started to decay in an interesting pattern. It’s the only post that has done this along this fence.

Rosette Lichens

Rosette Lichens

I went back to that fence where I found all those lichens growing on it. I wanted to spend more time getting photos of the different types of lichen growing on the old logs. I’m sure I got some strange looks from passersby. They were probably wondering what could be so interesting on a fence. Little do they know just how interesting that fence is.

Star Rosette Lichen

Star Rosette Lichen

I love the variety of lichens that are growing on this fence. I could spend hours photographing them. Unfortunately, temperatures were dropping quickly, so it was time to head home. 

And Back to Fall

The snow came, and the snow went. And here we are back to fall. So, I’m back to another neighbourhood walk and a lot more brown and yellow.

Leaves

I’m not sure what this plant is but I loved the shape. It looks almost like a cupped hand reaching to receive something.

Orange Jelly

I found this orange jelly mushroom on a random log. I guess the previous weekend’s snow didn’t bother it.

Multiflora Rose

Along the fence behind the old grade school, I found a whole bunch of these tiny berries. The Multiflora Rose, or Seven-sisters rose, is a small white flowering shrub. It’s berries, once they dry out and expose their seeds, are eaten by the local birds and wildlife. It’s a little hard to believe that there is still so much colour and life to be found even once the snow hits.

Superior Waves

This was our last day in Wawa. Actually more like half day. There had been no luck so far in finding these massive waves that apparently happen on the north shore but we are still hopeful. The wind had picked up overnight so we are hoping to get great shots today.

Old Woman's Bay

Old Woman’s Bay

We went back to Old Woman’s Bay for one final look and although the waves were much larger than the day before it wasn’t exactly what we were hoping for and temperatures in the were very chilly.

Our final stop in the park was at Katherine’s Cove. We were happy to see a lot more waves breaking along the rocky shoreline and I am happy to report that I have way too many photos of these waves.

Katherine's Cove

Waves at Katherine’s Cove

Katherine’s Cove doesn’t just have a rocky shoreline, it also has a lovely sandy beach from where I can sit and take many more photos of waves breaking on the shoreline.

Sand Beach at Katherine's Cove

Sand Beach at Katherine’s Cove

We spent quite a lot of time at Katherine’s Cove but eventually it was time to get warm and start heading in the direction of home. As we drove along the coast towards McKerrow, our home for the evening, we found a couple spots were the waves were exactly as we imagined.

Cold Cabin

Cold Cabin

We couldn’t stay here very long as we needed to get to our motel and get a good hot meal before heading the rest of the way home tomorrow but this cabin photo is one of my favourites of the weekend.

Empty Picnic Tables

I’m at my “go to” place today. Good old Claireville. Close enough to visit when I’m feeling lazy on the travelling bit. Today the wind was a little on the crazy side.

Shelter

Shelter

I huddled under this tree for awhile (mostly to take a photo) but also to help cut the wind a little.

The Lonely Picnic Table

The Lonely Picnic Table

I loved the composition of this one. It tells me a story of the lonely picnic table waiting for someone to come and sit on it under the shade of the tree. Or possibly the branch is a smile and the tree is an eye and the picnic table is a winking eye. lol

Departing Algonquin

It’s our last day in Algonquin. It’s time to go home. How has this time already come? I’m not ready to go back to the city just yet. *sigh* I’ve packed my gear into the car but it’s not over just yet. We have one more trail we’re going to check out – Peck Lake Trail.

Green Eyed Dragonfly

Green Eyed Dragonfly

Just like the other trails we were inundated with the mosquitos but we had some help in controlling the numbers. There were dragonflies aplenty on this hike.

Just Chillin

Just Chillin’

We also spotted a snapping turtle taking a daytime nap on a log by the side of the trail. I wish I could spend all day by the water enjoying the summer sun but unforutnatley it was time to head home.