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Friday, June 14, 2013
Look close. This isn't a picture of leaves. Well, actually yes it is. Leaves on the bottom of the lake. But the real interest in the photo is the zillions of tiny fish zipping about in the shallows.
Down at the lake, at this time of year, little fish are hatching... The bass are on their nests.
Which isn't the easiest thing to photograph -- but you can just make out the fish, and the circular depression beneath him.
The male bass prepares the nest by fanning the bottom vigorously with his tail
and by rooting out coarse materials in the nest with his nose. Silt and sand are
displaced and carried away with the current. The finished product is
saucer-shaped, two to three feet in diameter, consisting of clean, polished
stones in the centre with wide crevices between them. The preparation of the
nest may take a few hours to several days. If the water temperature continues to
rise slightly from 60'F., the smallmouth bass is ready for spawning. The male
coaxes the female into the nest, and eggs are laid and fertilized by the male in
lots of 20 to 50 at a time, until all have been deposited. The eggs settle to
the bottom of the nest and adhere to the clean stones. The eggs are tiny; it
takes 10 or 12 placed side by side to measure an inch. A female bass, ten inches
long, may produce 2,000 eggs; one 18 inches long may produce 10,000 eggs. After
spawning, the female leaves the nest and the male remains on guard. He is a most
devoted parent, driving away intruders and fanning the eggs with a gentle
movement of the fins to prevent silt from settling and to provide a supply of
oxygen by creating a current over the eggs. The incubation period is three or
four days at 70'F. and 10 to 12 days at 55'F.
Once the fry are big enough to be away from the nest, the male keeps them together (in school) and guards them for several weeks. The kids at this nest are all happily hunting along the shallows, while Dad fins away in the deeper water watching them. Here's one of the little ones...
And here's a close-up of Dad, never far away.
This is why it is critically important NOT to be fishing in the shallow water at this time of year. Bass love to nest near and under docks and cribs. If someone takes the male, then the fry are all likely to fall prey to the bigger fish that would be all too happy to make a meal of them, and there is no-one there to protect them.
So if you see fish near your dock, just go fishing with your camera. The fish population of our lake will thank you.
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You can check our availability on-line. We work hard to keep this current, but it may lag actual bookings. And it may not be 100% accurate...
We do have vacancies throughout July and August, but not that many... so you should scoop up yours! In fact, there are only about nine vacancies left for this summer!! We've got your cottage waiting, but you should call now!
We much prefer to keep the personal touch, and to discuss your booking the 'old-fashioned' way, directly, person to person! This helps us ensure that we've got your booking just the way you want it.
1 888 300 2132 or 705 635 2261 or email us. We've got your cottage ready!
Changing the Season
August is on the doorstep. We currently have no vacancies until September, and our guests are enjoying the lake, the calling loons, the quiet times and all the activities that go with a summer here at Bondi Village. Get out of the city, restore your soul...
This means that we are now accepting reservations for two night stays and weekend packages during September and October -- the fall colours are astonishing, and on our own 600 acre property, there are so many walking trails and lookout views that there's no need to battle traffic into the Park just to see the beauty! Algonquin is always amazing, but during high colour season, best seen mid-week. There are so many other wonderful places around where you can enjoy the autumn without the congestion of the road, and we are happy to direct you to them.
We have great deals during the fall season, for couples, up to small groups of 18 people.
And don't forget Winter -- we've got vacancies for Christmas! We'll provide the tree, and you bring the family.
We've got a fantastic place to gather, enjoy the scenery, relax by a fire, and spend time with family and friends. Whether a quiet couples' getaway, or a family reunion or a club outing , we've got your cottage waiting.
We'd love to hear from you. The experiences our guests have are precious to us. If you have photos you took at Bondi, we'd love to have those as well. You can email them to Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org
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We are very proud of Napster, our tail-painting cat, who uses his lovely artwork to raise money for charities. This lovely little creature passed away July 2015, but left a huge legacy, having raised over $12,000 for various charities through the sale of his artwork. That artwork, through prints and notecards, is still available. Click here to visit Napster's Blog and visit the gallery of his tail-paintings.
Now sold around the world, he was honoured to have his artwork sold around the globe -- he even has a print with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Click on the following links to enjoy a 'virtual ski' round some of our 15 km. of groomed track set cross country ski trails. Thanks to Altitude and Attitude, North Muskoka gets the kind of winter you can really enjoy. Huge thanks to Eric Prince, the creative mind that made this videos happen!
Click here to enjoy seeing a variety of our trails.
And Click Here for another cross country ski adventure.
and this one, in 2014, just days before the snow vanished, from Hawke Lake on down. Click Here
And Click Here for just one more...