Thursday, 21 October 2010

Glorious Autumn

I love the colours of this season.  The trees are breath-taking and what better way to admire their magnificence than by taking a cruise? 

We had been thinking of cruising around Georgian Bay again this year, but had thought that we would take a boat from Midland where we were staying, but it was such a glorious day that we changed our plans and hopped on the Island Queen at Parry Sound.

We were aboard and awaiting departure when this float plane taxied across the water.  There are many such planes to be seen around the lake and some people are fortunate enough to be able to fly in to use their cottages and avoid the traffic.

Parry Sound dressed for fall.

As we left the harbour, we caught glimpses of the glories to come.

From past experience, we avoided the upper deck of the Island Queen and chose instead to be at the stern of the boat on the lower deck, which is open, but sheltered from the wind.  In doing so, I was able to stay outside for the entire three hour cruise without getting cold.

Sunlight sparkling on the water.

Although never that far from a shoreline on this trip, it still manages to feel like a real adventure.

Looking back and seeing the rocky terrain that makes up the 30,000 Islands.

We passed a Provincial Park and saw the almost empty beaches which would be busy in summer.

The reds of the dogwoods and the maples look like fire in the trees.

You get an impression of just how spectacular the canopy of colour is when viewed from a distance.

Navigation around Georgian Bay can be treacherous for those who do not know the area.  There are many shipwrecks in the area and one can understand why when seeing rocks protruding from the water in places.

The weather was picture-perfect.  Hardly a cloud in the sky and the sun shining throughout the cruise.

Many of the islands have cottages on them, which are accessible only by boat.

Some of them are just rocks with a few sparse trees which struggle to survive in fairly inhospitable conditions and lean in the direction of the prevailing wind.

Is this farewell to Georgian Bay?  Not quite.  I have a few more photographs left for future posts.