There is the occasional snowflake in the air this morning but thoughts of the season that is just ending are still in my mind.
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Gardner Bay on Española Island in the Galapagos has a marvellous beach. Several zodiacs were launched from the mother ship and people experienced a “wet landing” on the beach. After walking the beach and seeing lots of wildlife, those who wished were able to swim and snorkel in the relatively warm water.
Lots of wildlife on the beach and quite unafraid of the people. The word on visitor behaviour is to move slowly and gently and stay 2 metres away from the wildlife. No touching or petting allowed. Sea Lion moms identify their pups by smell. Touching a baby sea lion could mean rejection by the mother and death for the youngster because of the strange scent (sunscreen, bug repellent…) we leave behind on the pup. This is their home you are visiting and one must respect it.
The guides and zodiac drivers protect themselves from the strong equatorial sun (by wearing masks and long sleeves for example) as they work in it day after day.
All summer, Lake Nipissing has been about 2 feet lower than it normally is. In past years, wet feet would have been necessary to produce this photograph.
The spring melt happened so early this year that water that would have been trapped in the ground ran off to the Great Lakes because the ground was still frozen. Nipissing was not able to catch up over the summer and despite recent, rains is still behind.
This is the mouth of the Lavase River, where it enters Lake Nipissing. For 150 years The Voyageurs paddled through this channel in the spring, on their way west to Thunder Bay on Lake Superior. The return voyage passed this point and ended up in Montreal in the Autumn. Lake Nipissing is controlled by dams on the French River these days, and there are navigation markers in place. However the place is pretty much the same as it would have been 150 years ago.
In the spring the water would be much higher than it is in this photograph, but by fall it would probably have been as you see it here.