Bondi Resort Blog

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Raging Water, Ragged Falls

 Ragged Falls in spring is always a beautiful place to be.

While the rush of the floodwater has receded, there is still plenty of water coming over this falls.  Walking in there today, in the sunshine, with no flies out yet, the air thick with the song of the returning birds, the trout lilies decorating the forest floor, it was magical.  I highly recommend it.

During the height of the flood, the rock in the center was completely covered, and the water was much farther up the banks as well.

 Just upstream of the falls, it looks deceptively like something you might try in a canoe. Not.
 Upstream, rapids create wonderful patterns. The rush of running rivers is a beautiful thing indeed.
 Looking upstream above the rapids. The Oxtongue river rises at Tea Lake in Algonquin Park and falls steadily downhill until it tumbles into Lake of Bays.

We were in t-shirts. The day was hot.  But as you approach the Falls, the air noticeably drops in temperature.  There are still huge rock-falls of ice next to the river, creating their own patterns. There are nine distinct ecosystems at Ragged Falls Park -- this, with the mossy northern face of the rocks holding the cold, is one of them.

 Sun streaming through the trees, casting shadows, and the 'glacier' effect of the ice, made their own pictures.
 Another look down towards the brink of the Falls.

Old stumps have their own charm, and beauty.

Trout lilies -- or as my dad called them, Adders' Tongues, are out.  Next will be the May pinks, and trilliums.

And no visit towards Algonquin Park is complete this time of year without the obligatory photo of a moose standing at the roadside.  We saw 4... but three of them kept moving just out of camera range.  This youngster was more obliging.  And he was only a short distance from Ragged Falls itself.

1 comment:

  1. I know those falls well. It's going to take weeks, I think, before the waters really start to lessen to the point where the river's more accessible as it tends to be in later summer.