It's a nice distraction to look at the water and observe the myriad of things going on. The variety of waterfowl is entrancing. I'm only slightly envious of the summer boaters using the canal as their highway. And it's fun to see the newbies who rent canoes, paddle boats and stand up paddle boards from the Dow's Lake Pavilion. I also pass the Rideau Canoe Club where all summer and into the fall the early morning enthusiasts are out paddling a variety of boats and boards. Occasionally I even see some serious canoeists travelling the waterway. Parks Canada has a special canoe I've seen a couple of times too.
|Wouldn't want to portage that baby!|
|He was right near the Heron Road Bridge!|
Early this spring I spotted a wood duck. Then I saw the missus. They had some babies, I would sometimes see them on my commute. They hung out at a specific spot near Carleton University. I noticed them again this week on my way home one day. It's nice to see they survived.
I was shocked when I was listening to a nature show and they were talking about bird survival. They said that only 20% of the birds born in a season would survive to the next year. The migration they are required to do in this part of the world is what is so tough on them.
|Canada Geese gathering before migrating|
|Not even enough water to paddle through|
|A better perspective|
|Winter parking for this boat|
I don`t have a picture of it right now, but I`ll take one next spring/summer.
|Boating season is really over now|
|Pretty bridge in the Arboretum|
|Pig Island (really!) near Landsdowne Park|
|Corkstown Bridge over the canal|
The rest of my observations for the year will be done from the warmth and comfort of my car.
|Skating huts are in|