a journal of original drawings and screen prints of animals

Friday, October 21, 2016

Owl Pencil Pouch Photo Shoot

Sparrow Avenue, Owl Pencil Pouch
Algonquin not only provided me with the escape that was long over-due, but it also provided the perfect back drop for a photo shoot.

Here is the Owl Pencil Pouch, available at the shop as well as the various shows I will be in next month.
Yes, all those wonderful Holiday Season Shows you've been missing all these months are soon to be here.

Have a Great Weekend

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Algonquin Part IV

With the lengthening of shadows we found ourselves heading back towards the west gate of the park. Passing by Lookout Trail, the parking lot was still quite full and we decided to abandon our hopes of walking this trail. Beaver Pond had take the wind out of our sales, for sure.

But once outside of the park I knew that there was another trail: Ragged Falls. I have not been to this trail in many many years as I had known it before the fencing was put up around the rocks. But I wasn't quite ready to leave.

Although Ragged Falls is a very short trail, only Sonee and I did it. The other two need a rest.

I have been to this place in the early spring when there is still snow and ice and there is a beautiful mist that rises up around the trees.

Looking back you can see the Oxtongue River racing towards the falls. Here there was no fencing, here you could move around the rocks and cross the river.

Just behind those rocks in the foreground, the Oxtongue River tumbles and roars it's way down the falls towards a setting sun, bringing an end to a day I've waited for, for a long time.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Algonquin Part III

The Beaver Trail Pond was not on our list of trails to do. In fact it was at the far east end of the park that we have rarely ever been to. But the Lookout Trail, the one I really wanted to see again, was so crowded with cars and tour buses that I couldn't experience it that way. To be fair, the day was unusually beautiful: warm and sunny as you can see by the pictures. 

We decided to do Beaver Pond Trail because it was just 2 km. and perhaps by the time we were finished, the Lookout Trail parking lots would be clear.

Reading through the booklet provided by the Friends of Algonquin Park was perfect for understanding what exactly we were looking at. If only we had done that at the time!
The trail, though only 2 km. in length with an elevation of 460 metres, was a winding up and down affair that took it's toll on me what with all the  lifting and carrying of Roxy (who, although small, is a compact 30 lbs.) over any incline or decline. 

At the very top is an overall view of the creation of the Beavers. This is Amikeus Lake which is "rich in the growth of aquatic plants...a fine habitat for many other living things which would be scarcer or even totally absent had the beaver not transformed the forest to the rich, shallow lake (sic) it is now." Amikeus Lake is also home to ducks, moose, Great Blue Herons, turtles, frogs and water lilies, not to mention all the bugs that thrive in shallow waters.

We rested here for a while with no one else around.

And then we climbed our way back.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Escape Part II

Algonquin, Two Rivers Trail
Lake of Two Rivers has many memories for me as this is where we would camp every October. I know it as a quiet place as there would be very few people who would come here in the autumn especially during the middle of the week. Things have changed since those days. There were quite a few people out and about including tour buses!

Luckily the Two Rivers Trail, was quiet and we were able to hike it without disturbance.

The trail is 2.3 km. with an elevation of just under 435 metres. The coniferous tress that are seen here are the result of fires which play an important role in the character of forests. It is explained in the booklets published by the Friends of Algonquin Park that in "an undisturbed forest, the ground is covered by a thick layer of leaves and twigs in varying stages of decomposition. This layer, called duff, is a normally insurmountable barrier to the weak seedling roots of many tree species including..the White and Red Pine. 

 "It is only because forest fires removed the duff, exposing loose mineral soil, that such trees were ever able to perpetuate themselves in the natural environment."

This cliff is one of my favourite places to be and I was glad to be able to bring the girls here once again.

Here is Sonee looking out over the cliff from 5 years ago.

And here she is again.

And Roxy

And this is what it was like as we left the lookout of The Madawaska River system. It was this type of terrain that I carried Roxy.

Monday, October 17, 2016


One early morning last week (despite having been bed ridden (for the first time in a number of years) the day before) we threw a bunch of stuff and the girls into the vehicle and headed North...to escape.

It has been too long since last having gone and I knew if I didn't go this particular day, it wouldn't happen for another year. We were north of the city by the time the sun started peaking through.

Hardwood Lookout, Algonquin Pk
The destination was Algonquin Park, one of my favourite places. The last time we were at this spot it was four days later in October and what is green here, was yellow then:

This was Roxy back then. The years have taken their toll, she is 16 now and even though she was able to walk a fair bit on this trip, I carried her up and down most of the rocky and root-exposed terrain.

The trail is 0.8 km., one of the shorter ones in Algonquin with it's highest elevation at 475 metres. The summit of the Hardwood Lookout Trail brings us here: a postcard view of Smoke Lake, one of the many which can be found in Algonquin.

Friday, October 14, 2016


There are accidents that happen and unfortunately, some of them are fatal. Such a beautiful sparrow. I'm not sure if it is a Savannah Sparrow or a Grasshopper Sparrow.

Maybe you know?

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Throw Back Tursday

Such a long time ago.

This is what comes from looking at old photographs. I remember this clearly, I remember where we were and the feel of the air and how much I hated that hair cut.

I'm sure everyone
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