Monday, August 31, 2015

Cottage Sunrise

copyright Gabriele Wills
It doesn’t have the rugged granite or cache of Muskoka, but Balsam Lake in the Kawarthas is remarkably clean, clear, and quite lovely. At sunrise, it’s particularly enchanting when the water is mirror-still, as in this photo, which I took at the family cottage a few weeks ago. There’s nothing more soothing, yet inspiring, than sitting on the dock savouring your morning coffee, watching loons swimming and diving, and hearing only their trilling songs cleave the silence.

The highest lake in the Trent-Severn Waterway, which connects Lake Ontario with Georgian Bay on Lake Huron, Balsam is also reputedly “the highest body of freshwater in Canada from which you can circumnavigate the globe without ever having to travel on land.” It’s certainly not unusual to see yachts from Florida or even California on the lake.

But for us it’s more satisfying to watch these adventurers cruise by while relaxing on our island sanctuary.

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