October 15, 2011

Many reasons to give thanks in Lake Muskoka


Lake Muskoka's beautiful fall colours


What a difference a week makes when it comes to the weather! Last weekend was Thanksgiving holiday in Canada and my family visited my sister and her family at their new cottage near Gravenhurst, Ontario which is about a 2 hour drive from Toronto. The weather was incredible! Sunny and remarkably warm (25 degrees Celsius or into the 70s F.)  The leaves were also changing colours so I had to show some pics Linda took.




Beautiful still water on Lake Muskoka Thanksgiving 2011 by garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog
Sunrise calm



Me fishing with fall colours Lake Muskoka Thanksgiving 2011 by garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog
Fishing on a mirror



There was absolutely no wind at sunrise as these pictures show. I'm an avid fisherman and took every opportunity to wet my line. You might even think I photoshopped myself into this picture but the lake surface was truly a mirror. It was pure bliss to have a coffee on the dock and meditate in silence. No jet skis, bugs, or party revellers; rather the only fireworks were the maples and oaks lining the shore.



Yellow brown green beech leaves on same tree near Lake Muskoka Thanksgiving 2011 by garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog
Tri-colour beech, in a way


With the sky a pristine blue, we often looked overhead to really appreciate the changing colour of the trees. I think this is a cool shot showing three different colours in the same beech tree's canopy. 

Nature always surprises me with its random beauty although one could argue that the tree is simply withdrawing as much energy as possible from its leaves before they fall. 

What we perceive as beautiful colours of crimson, gold, violet, magenta, etc., are strictly unintended byproducts of the tree's evolution. But who really cares when you see such beauty?