some icing in these parts


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100 miles north of Toronto just south of Georgian Bay, the east end of Lake Huron, in central Ontario, Tay Township and just near by to it,  not far from where I live.  A bit of freezing rain on the trees, we may just miss the larger freezing rain storm blasting through Southern Ontario over the next 24 hours.

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early winter photos – Tay Township


taken by me today using a Sony NEX F3 with 18-55 lens

100 miles north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, just south of Georgian Bay, the Sturgeon River

It is interesting to keep returning to the same spots through the four seasons.  Today I noticed that with all the foliage down, I could now see from a slightly different position a view of the Sturgeon River, little more than creek sized, that during the full grown season was invisible.  This section of the river was the water supply for a 17th century Huron village. A haunting spot.

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OCTOBER the 3rd


photo by William J. Gibson - Georgian Bay the east end early on June 21, 2011
not from today, today I am too comfortable in my sun porch to go out over the dew-laden grass and shoot the photograph, yawn

nice looking dawn on Georgian Bay this AM,  smallish cloud bank with wide open clear sky above to the east….the bay is very still.   It is going to be a good day to take a camera out for some adventures….. I wonder what we will catch today.

BTW I have been immortalized.   My neighbour, Murray Van Halem, painted me.  I appear to be channeling Hemingway, but the beard is off this month and will perhaps return during the winter…… thanks. Murray.

http://murrayvanhalemfineart.com/

ice floating in the waters of Georgian Bay at Victoria Harbour, Ontario, Canada


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Federal Dock at Albert Street

Victoria Harbour in Tay Township in Ontario, Canada, on Georgian Bay, east end of Lake Huron, one of the Great Lakes. About 100 miles due. North of Toronto.

Earlier in December this year the bay had begun to ice over almost completely but then the daytime temperature rose above freezing and the ice changed state back. Colder temperatures returned since this shot and the ba y is iced with a thin solid cover as of Dec. 29th.

 

 

Keating farm Discovery Harbour


Royal Naval and Military Establishment, Penetanguishene, Ontario – 1822-1855, units first from the Royal Navy and then the British Army occupied this site.

an interesting historic site to tour on beautiful Penetanguishene Bay, about 100 miles north of Toronto on Georgian Bay (Lake Huron)

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shore edge


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Image = shore edge in front of my home on the eastern end of Georgian Bay, which is the east end of Lake Huron, one of the Great Lakes of North America.  I have been living up here 100 miles north of Toronto for twelve years (fulltime).  My family rented here in the sixties and then bought a lot and built this cottage in 1969-70.  It is a beautiful place and I am fortunate to live here.

until the shore growth got high enough to hide predators, families of Canada Geese would amble in to crop away at the plant life…..it is fun to watch the tiny golden goslings mature into as of this week nearly full-sized geese.. the neck stretching guard adult geese are careful in their watching and quickly sound the alarm when they dont like something in the area, which produces a mad rush and much splashing as the family skedaddles out into the safety of the bayy

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new beach park in Victoria Harbour, Ontario


Tay Township put in place this small beach park in downtown Victoria Harbour, next to what was once the covered town dock but which has more recently been assumed by the Federal Govt.

Nice sandy beach, fairly shallow for the kids, lots of sod put in, a gazebo and a few tall shade trees, although a good umbrella might be a wise thing to bring along, remember your sun safety.

Sony H50 shot of the new Gazebo

yesterday’s drive to Sodom on Lake Ontario


I had an appointment at 130pm at St. Michael’s Hospital in the downtown core of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  I lived in Toronto for 42 years so I have some experience in driving in its clogged traffic, but I have lived on Georgian Bay for ten years and I am used to the lighter traffic up here.  What’s more Toronto traffic is widely believed to be worse and getting worse each year.

The weather was poor, fog and rain all the way down and most of the way back up.  Around 7 pm I had reached Barrie on the return drive and decided to stop to unwind over a coffee and having finished it I walked out to get back on the 400 north and encountered a sharp drop in temperature and a strong wind.  The day’s drive had been bad with the fog and rain and all the vehicle spray especially the treat of having a tractor trailer pass by at 120km per hour.

The wait was medium for the Ontario health care sytem, 90 minutes.   I was there about the diabetic ulcer slowly healing on the back of my left ankle, my glacially healing heel.  My care at this appointment was from a chiropodist and a student nurse specializing in wound care.  The nurse’s accent place him as originally from eastern Europe.  His English was flawless.  The treatment last about twenty mninutes.  The wound is better.  It will still be several months before new skin forms a complete covering.

I have a return appointment next week at which I will see the plastic surgeon.  At the moment a skin graft does not seem to be in my future.  They seem to want me to heal this on my own.  Which makes sense.  If it takes months to heal the wound, the new wound from the incision to harvest skin for the graft would also take months to heal.

I have been wearing an aircast to off load the left heel.  I find I am tippy with this the air cast.  I wrap a small plastic retail bag around the open toe and tape it to the cast to keop my foot from getting soaked and freezing in the winter weather, both the rain and snow we have had this season.

I am also using a wooden cane with a flip down winter claw foot to snap in place of the rubber tip, for ice and snow and for balance.  Curbs and stairs are more interesting these days.

I walk well on level ground, but on uneven ground or bumpy and patchy snow I do less well. I follow my instructions and shorten my stride and take it slow.

It is hard to judge when this all began for a sore started on my other foot first but healed on its own.  This heel has been almost six months.   Perhaps another two to three months to go to get it well.

last trace of snow – east end of Georgian Bay near my home


looking about due north and up the bay to past Beausoleil Island, which is to the right of frame and some distance along.

This is Robins Point, not for the bird but for a family named Robins.

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