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.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

the splendor of the turkey

Our cousin Robin Tapley snapped this photo of a wild turkey hen.  This is for any of you who have only seen these birds scurrying off through the long grass or brush, who think they are just big and dark brown and boring of colour.

Not so fast! While they are brown of colour, they come with shades, and iridescence and spectacular beauty.  If only you can get close enough to see!   Right now, they are clustering for the breeding season, the toms fanning their big tails and gobbling in the hills of a morning.   

Ice floes. And flows.

 Where the wind can really get its fingers around the ice, the lakes are now pretty well clear. Wave action will break up the ice faster than you'd think.

Here on Bondi Bay, there is still a coating of fragile ice. Free from anything to hold it, it dances with the wind.

The wind whistles, and in reply the Ice shakes out her skirts and dances across the bay, until she collapses out of breath on the shore.  

The ice crystals chime together in an other-worldly music when the ice is on the move. It's quite beautiful (until it pushes over your boathouse -- although this year, the melt has been kind, and the water low enough that there is no flooding on this lake, and there is not much strength left in that ice.

here are, however, a few worrying signs of climate change.... Like this example, right near the end of our dock...

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Shhh.... Spring at Work...

I love evenings in April. The Spring Peepers began their annual chorus two nights ago.  The dusk is filled with frog song.

Jupiter is sailing overhead, the brightest object in the velvety dark sky.

There is a barred owl sitting up on the hill, who-who-whooing.

And a woodcock is spiralling up from the horse pasture, with his mating call -- 'peent, peent, peent'. 

Now we have a porcupine perched in the big elm. He'll probably start to sing for his lady love as well.

And have we mentioned our wolf pack?  They have been quiet here this week, but they are singing around the lake, and will soon be back with us.

Just standing in the parking lot, under the dark sky, no lights on, listening to the sound Spring makes... that is balm for the soul, indeed.

Gentle Melt

 Is it gone yet?

Well, no. Not quite.   A few more of these gorgeous sunny spring days, and maybe a good fall of rain will do the trick though, so be of good cheer.

It's been a good melt -- no flooding this year, which is always good news.

These photos were taken today.  Taffy had a good time exploring the lake bottom -- it is not usually that shallow!

Sunset was painting the hills over towards Lumina Resort -- and reflecting that colour into the open water.

The ice has moved well away from the shores, and as you can see has taken on that characteristic dark gray hue that means it is saturated with water, and just about to vanish.

Patterns in the Melt

Drifting on the water's surface, now the ice is letting go its grip on the lake, these leaves made lovely shadow patterns.

I could not resist...

Look Up. Way Up.

 Mr. Porcupine was enjoying some sunshine in the treetops today.   Nestled in the big elm on the way down to the hangar, he certainly had the best seat in the house to watch us working on the lawns and beaches with our rakes!

They are a peaceful creature, really. Although you don't want to mess with them.  With 30,000 plus quills that easily detach from the porcupine and just as easily get stuck into whoever has their nose in Porcupine's business, they come well armoured.   Quills have sharp tips and overlapping barbs that make them very difficult to remove once they are stuck in another animal's skin.  Meanwhile, the porcupine will just grow new quills to replace those they expend, and life goes on.  Not always for their attackers, however, as the barbs will work the quills deeper and deeper, and there have been cases of even cougars dying from a quill that worked its way into a critical internal location.  We are hoping that Taffy will show some sense, and leave this prickly chap alone.
nice smile :)

Porcupines use their large front teeth (our model was happy to show us his) to satisfy a healthy appetite for wood.  They will peel off bark, nibble on stems, and snack on buds.  Fruit and leaves are popular menu items as well.  And they do adore a pumpkin if they can get one.

Since none of that is very high in salt content, they will invade campgrounds and chew on paddle handles or anything that has been handled by human salty hands. (or seats -- it's not uncommon to return to a camp in the spring and find the outhouse seat nibbled away)

If our porcupine would like to come down and chat, we could hand-paint his quills into the 41 different colours that are part of the PanAm 2015 mascot, Patchi.  This number was chosen to represent the 41 different countries competing.  Why they went with a porcupine, who is very happy just hanging around, to be the mascot for a totally physical athletic adventure eludes me, but so it goes...   I suspect our resident porcupine will be watching the games at home with his paws up and a nice snack on his plate. But then, his 30,000 quills would take too long to hand-paint anyway.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

One Swallow Does not Make a Spring, but Two?

April 12th.  Two swallows returned today.  This is early.  We are excited.
We are also now reminded to get the swallow nest boxes out and put back up !

The swallows are never wrong. SPRING IS HERE!