Fantastical Friday #10.

Good morning on this very beautiful and fantastical Friday! The sun is shining, the sky is clear, mostly anyway. There is smoke in the air again, but it’s not too bad today, though it may get worse throughout the day. There are now 74 forest fires burning in this part of Ontario, 12 are listed as under control. It is still incredibly dry in this part of our province, just as it is throughout western Canada right now. My friend and I drove out to a small lake along the highway yesterday morning to get some different pictures.

An area where a forest fire burned in May.

On the way out we passed an area where a forest fire had burned through back in May. That fire burned about 7,000 acres of beautiful forest. I will share one of those pictures today. That was part of the same area where a much larger forest fire burned back in May of 1980, when more than 200,000 acres were burned. Back to our destination of our trip. I was hoping to find some more orchids to share but was unable to locate any.

Our destination, a beautiful small lake and picnic area.

But I might have been too early for the ones I was looking to find. But I did find other wildflowers and I will be sharing their pics in the coming days. I also was able to get other pictures too, such as the lake here. It is a beautiful small lake full of rainbow trout. This is a very nice picnic spot and can get quite busy here in the summer. The water is very clear, as you can see by the top featured image. There are lots of picnic tables to use as well. Just a great spot to go and spend a little time relaxing.

Another picture of the lake.

I did find a pink lady’s slipper plant, but it had finished blooming and had a nice large seed pod, so hopefully it will be able to spread those seeds around for more of these beautiful orchids to grow in that area. I was also able to get pics of a couple damselflies, one is definitely different than ones I already have, not quite sure about the other one yet. Both of these were up among the pines away from the lake. I thought that was a bit odd, usually they like to stay closer to water, or at least wet areas. There are many of these small lakes along our highways up here. Well, I hope you all have a wonderful day and weekend and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

Β©2021 Steve McLeod.

23 Comments on “Fantastical Friday #10.

  1. Good morning, Steve and Muffin! Fun to see pictures of your country. Beautiful! Even the burned spots. Have a great weekend! πŸ˜ŠπŸ–πŸ˜Ί

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    • Good morning Nina! I hope Mr. Cat isn’t too worn out from all that running around with the other cats yesterday at our coffee time in the park. Yes, it is beautiful around here and the burned areas will soon be home to lots of birds and insects and other animals too. Only the trees take a long time to return. Even after 41 years from the last fire the trees were not very big, we have such a short growing season. Have a beautiful, relaxing weekend Nina!πŸ˜€πŸ–πŸ˜ΊπŸŒžβ˜•β˜•πŸ“·πŸ˜»

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  2. Very Good morning ☺️ Steve, it’s night for us, bed time.. omg, these many forest fires? hope the heat helps to extend the spring πŸ˜‰ lovely Lake pictures with a clear water and beautiful sky 😍❀️❀️ loved it, great shot Uncle Steve 😍 hope the lock down is over and uncle Steve is doing good πŸ˜‰ Have a lovely day πŸ€—πŸ€—

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    • Yep, lots of fires,😳πŸ”₯πŸ”₯ but most are smaller types. Probably keep getting more until we get a lot of rain.😬πŸ”₯🌲πŸ”₯🌲 Most restrictions will be gone on July 21, hopefully that’s a good thing,πŸ˜• I don’t know. I would rather keep some restrictions rather than end up with things getting bad again.😟🀧 Oh well, we’ll see what happens. Glad you liked the pictures,πŸ˜πŸ“· it was so beautiful at that lake yesterday. Nice day today too, have a great weekend Simon!😁😺🌞

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      • Yes, where is the rain πŸ™„ the rain should come soon🌧️ to settle down the fire. mean while, hope the restrictions are not that bad, and keep yourself the restrictions, we don’t know yet about the next variety πŸ˜‚ Even KFC chicken stopped making new varieties of crispy chicken, but the virus is keep giving us flavours πŸ™„πŸ€ͺ not sure when it ends πŸ’

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      • Yep, we need a steady all day rain to stop these fires,πŸ€” only some light showers in the forecast next week, but that won’t help, the fires are getting too big now.😬πŸ”₯πŸ”₯ What, KFC isn’t making chicken?😟 Steve is going to faint.πŸ€ͺ Oh wait, you said stopped new varieties.πŸ€” That’s okay then, I can live with that.😁 I think.πŸ€” It won’t end, more virus variations all the time, then will come another one they can’t stop and our countries will fall apart.πŸ˜²πŸ˜’ Sigh. Until then, take pictures,πŸ“· have fun!πŸ˜„ Enjoy your day Simon!😁😺

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      • Yes, pretending the future? that is the worst night mare, countries falling apart πŸ₯Ί. Hope nothing like that would happen.😁πŸ€ͺ No KFC is still.making chickenπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ but no varities πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. Let’s take pictures and have fun.. yes that’s right… have fun πŸ˜…

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      • Have a great weekend you too πŸ€“ Now time for bed, Have a peaceful night πŸ˜πŸ€—πŸ€—

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  3. The pics taken are tranquill …keep looking for new species ! Have a great day ! β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈπŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈβ˜€οΈπŸ“·πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜»

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    • Thanks Sharon. Yes, it’s necessary to spread out a bit to new areas to get some different pics now.πŸ˜€πŸ˜Ίβ˜•β˜•πŸŒžπŸ“·

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  4. Wow, so beautiful even with it being so dry there! I can imagine how much more beautiful it is when you have more moisture. 😁🌲. Glad at least one pink lady’s slipper plant was not disturbed/picked. 😁🌞🌸

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    • I think that pink lady’s slipper was probably finished blooming before they opened the picnic area for the summer.πŸ€”πŸŒΊ It’s only open from mid June to mid Sept, it is certainly a fantastic spot!😁🌲🌼🌳 Glad you liked the spot Beverly, have a great weekend!πŸ˜€πŸ˜ΊπŸŒžπŸ“·

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