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Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Beaver's Back in Town
Last fall, there seemed to be no beavers in residence at Damalot, the series of Beaver ponds along our River Loop trail.
Beavers do move on, but that made me sad.
This was the first time I've had the time to walk down the trail this Spring. And -- look -- on the far bank -- a stripped cut tree that is proof positive of recent beaver's at work.
No sooner had this got me all excited that the beavers may be back, when along comes ExcaliBeav himself, Lord of Damalot, with a stick in his mouth, on the way to do some repairs to the dam.
I might have been able to get a closer shot, until Beav spotted Taffy walking along the dam. SPLAT! Beaver down.
One cannot argue with that, however. The Beavs are back in town. From there on, it was easy to find evidence of their toothwork.
As beaver ponds work through their cycle of life, with beavers building them up, then moving on and letting the ponds turn into beaver meadows before new beavers move in, we are treated to an ever changing scene. One of the most intriguing is that we can see the canals that were built under the water to provide deeper channels and easier access for moving logs around.
The old and very established dams grow over, colonized by grass and sedges, then by saplings, and finally supporting trees -- all of whose roots help to stabilize and hold the dam in place. Easy walking for poodles... and rich in smells.
Felling the tree is just the start. It must them be cut into manageable sections. You can see the chips here where the beaver has been hard at work. He -- or she -- they are equal opportunity tree harvesters -- has removed a short section in the centre of this birch tree. Evidently it was just perfect for the leak in the dam and got hurried off to be woven into the structure!
Beavers aside, the walk along here is always beautiful, even when the sedges are not in their summer finery.
Here's a good look at how the beaver cuts the tree into pencil points to fell it.
Trust me in this one... there is a pair of hooded mergansers in the back left side of the photo. There were a pair of grey herons that overflew me too, but I wasn't able to get their picture. A pair of mallards, and another duck that whirred away before I could even identify it were all on hand as well. Beaver ponds provide sanctuary and homes and food to a myriad of other species.
And, just looking at the serenity of this, the beaver dam, reflections, soft drizzle taking away sharp edges, that has to be good for the soul.
This, looking down on the largest of the ponds (there are many of them!) gives a very good view of those underwater canals and causeways that the beavers have built over time.
It is one of our favourite hikes. Not overly long, not overly steep, thick with things to see and well populated with wildlife. The trail in leads through two big stands of pines, carpeted with moss. Even on a drizzly gray day, it's just beautiful in there.
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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!
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and this one, in 2014, just days before the snow vanished, from Hawke Lake on down. Click Here
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