Bondi Resort Blog

Come on into our Blog for a look at the wonderful world we've got to share! With over 240 hectares (600 acres) of wilderness woodlands surrounding the resort, just ten minutes from Algonquin Park, we feature over 400 metres (1200’) of waterfront and beach; boat rentals; summer hiking trails winding through fields and woods; 20 km. of groomed cross country ski trails and snowshoeing in winter; access to nearby snowmobile trails for sledders, and a toboggan hill for the young at heart.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tiny Little Dragon

Khaleesi has come to Westeros...   Or at least the dragons are here.
Fynn found this on the dock yesterday. It is the shed  skin of a dragonfly nymph. That little critter has been roaming around under the water, snapping up and gobbling down mosquito larvae as fast and often as it can.

Most of the dragonfly's life is lived underwater, in this nymph stage. And don't they truly look like dragons?

Once hatched, the dragonfly has to wait patiently on the edge of the dock while the wings straighten our and harden. But then, it is into the air, to continue to hunt mosquitoes and black flies. And to lay more eggs to start the cycle all over again.

Well spotted, Fynn, and thank you for sharing your Nature Discovery with all of us!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Slightly Sketchy Meteors and Meteor Watch Day Itself

If you are looking for a slow moving meteor, with a quirky personality that makes its very appearance rather chancy, then you are in luck!   It is time for the Bootid meteor shower. 

Gets the name because it comes from the vicinity of Bootes -- and if you've ever been out on the lawn with Nancy during our Bondi Village Star Search nights, you'll know that as the base of the Ice Cream Cone that grows upward from Arcturus.  If you haven't, why not book a week here and come find out how to map out the skies above?

The source of the June Bootids is comet 7P/Pons-Winnecke (don't panic, you won't have to spell that on the test...)   which orbits the Sun once every 6.37 years.  The comet follows an elliptical path that carries if from near the orbit of Earth to just beyond the orbit of Jupiter.  The comet's tail is described as clumpy -- and when our planet passes through a dense spot in the debris stream, a meteor shower erupts.  It can be a chancy thing, due to the orbit, and the uneven density of the comet's tail.   As meteor showers go, this one is a bit sketchy, but since it coincides with Meteor Watch Day on June 30th, it's always worth looking up.

After all, if you see a shooting star, and make a wish, the legends say it will come true.

Loon, with a crayfish for his lunch.  
 Our cousin Robin Tapley is currently working out of Algonquin Park -- specifically out of the Wildlife Research Station there, and he's been sending back these incredibly fabulous photographs of the local residents.  This series shows what's for dinner -- which is appropriate enough, since I'm posting this at just past what should have been Dinner Time for myself...

Herons were once called  Siege Masters because of their
patience in hunting.  This one has obviously got the technique

nothing, but NOTHING tastes better than a fresh poplar leaf.
At least, if you are a Beaver. Check out the smile!

North America's largest land animal, often found not so
much on land.  This young bull is enjoying a meal of waterlilies,
and looks so content with his menu selection.

Go Fish!

Peter is here with his family from Macau, China.  They came to fish.

They succeeded!!!

Winner, winner... Fish for Dinner!

Barn Swallows, Flight School in Session

Mom, keeping a close eye on the kids with
wobbly wings

This is what Flight School for the baby swallows looked like today in the stable. We had two nests in the barn, and one at the lake.  The first nest in the stable flew three days ago.  Today it was the turn for the second set of nestlings.

stopping to catch their breath and rest their tiny wings

Golly, we adore these birds!
two of the babies having a talk about how hard school is

Beach Day!

just hanging out!
 Summer... Take the Lake. Just add kids. No need to stir.

There were so many ways to enjoy the lakefront today!   Here's a sprinkle of photos... not including those of the folks who were relaxing, reading, suntanning, chatting...

conquer the iceberg!

let's see if this will work....

scramble up, slide back down!

The littlest having the mostest fun

Brady, up on his very first try waterskiing! (we thought he'd just keep going round the bay,
and round the bay, and round the bay... and what a grin!)
fine style!
Who's doing the paddling here?

paddleboats are perfect!

Jacob getting a feel for the waves!

Pickle Ball

Some of our guests set up a Pickle Ball court on the basketball court this week, and it's been seeing a lot of heavy use.

One of the chickens found it quite interesting, and went over for a closer look.

Along with the basketball, volleyball, shuffleboard, horseshoe pitch, badminton and ping pong, Pickle Ball makes a fun addition!