On the way, we often stop at a place just outside of Fergus, where Osprey nest on top of a pole right beside the road.
Another stop, partly to take a break from the ~8 hour drive, is Brooks Falls, a bit north of Huntsville and east of Hwy 11.
|The Main Falls|
|The Lower Falls|
At North Bay, I almost always include a trip on the trails of Laurier Woods Conservation Area, a natural area of more than 100 ha within the city limits, comprised of rocks, hills, trees, beaver ponds and the like. It is always a pleasant walk, with a varied network of trails.
(Note: I am not nearly as well acquainted with the northern leps and odes, so if anyone notices something misidentified here, please let me know.)
|Common Whitetail (f)|
The bright green eyes of this dragonfly led me to believe it is a Racquet-tailed Emerald.
At the south end of North Bay is the La Vase River, which empties into Lake Nipissing, and was one of the main access points to places farther west for early explorers and courier de bois during the early days of the fur trade. A little while spent at this municipal park with water access always turns up something of interest.
The river edge was dotted with Blue Flag.
|A Clubtail of some sort, I think|
Not too far away from our northern most destination is a property owned by some friends. It is along a quiet gravel road several kilometres from the nearest settlement. The cabin itself is half a kilometre from the road, so it is really quite isolated and definitely off the grid. We stopped in to enjoy the surroundings and had lots of stuff to see.
Orange Hawkweed was in its prime. Even though it is not a native species, it plays an important role for butterflies and other flying critters.
|Canadian Tiger Swallowtail|
|A gathering of Indian Skippers|
|Long Dash Skipper|
|Belted Whiteface (f) ?|
Trees were in flower.
....as were some other crawling critters.
|Eastern Garter Snake|
All in all, it was a fun trip with lots of small wildlife out and about. (No moose or bears this time.)