Silver Peak, Killarney Park, September 2014 · Sep 30, 01:04 PM

Wow … what an incredible few days in Killarney. The weather was 27 degrees so we decided to get our gear together and head out to Bell Lake Killarney and hike over 6 hours return backcountry trekking up to the Peak! Amazing!

The evenings were so warm, we didn’t even need our tent.

We have over 700 photos for our next painting series!!! Breathtaking. These are just samples of our trek.

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  • Silver Peak from Campsite on Bell Lake.
  • Canoeing to the hike up the Peak. 8am calm.
  • calm reflections bell lake
  • Ready to climb!
  • After 3 hours of hiking and a one hour upward ascent through the forest, we finally see SILVER PEAK.
  • And way off in the distance is BELL LAKE where we started our trip to the Peak.
  • Looking west from the Peak. The colours neverending!
  • Carol atop the Peak.
  • Erratics (including me).
  • Stu looking south from the erratic of the peak.
  • The dark black pitted marks from bottom left and upwards are lightening strikes !
  • White quartzite of La Cloche in a sea of reds. The reds in the foreground are blueberry bushes!
  • Beauty of life on the Peak.
  • Aaah Stu - where's your rope? Be careful!
  • HAPPY HAPPY!!!!!!!!
  • WAY off in the distance is Georgian Bay (in the clouds). I think we are whispering sweet nothings.
  • Again, the colours astounded us!
  • Sandy Lake, Norway Lake and Killarney Lake.
  • I Love this shot of Stu, the Thinker.
  • Stu Leggett enjoying the amazing day on Silver Peak (Killarney, Ontario) with Carol Currie ... "my partner, my wife and the love of my life".
  • The painting material is endless.
  • Grasses, moss, and stand alone tree.
  • We clambered down to get this MASSIVE pine at the edge of the cliff! Amazing life on the edge.
  • Another of my favourite trees surviving atop the peak.
  • So warm and peaceful.
  • Faces in the rock.
  • Soon we must go ... Carol soaking it all in.
  • Silver Peak in its prime.
  • From barren, to huge surviving pines.
  • Serene.
  • Barren plateau.
  • sweet.
  • 3 hours later and back on the water - still calm - 7pm.
  • More beautiful reflections as the sun sets.
  • Last morning sun at the campsite.
  • Happy Stu - after a couple days backcountry ...
  • Back in town of Killarney, we treated ourselves to Fish from the famous fish bus! Yep - I am licking my lips yum!
  • On our drive home, I sited a Bald Eagle up in the tree!!!!!!!!! First time either of us have seen one in Ontario! WOW.
  • Trying to get closer to the eagle.
  • Beautiful! We stood and watched it for a half an hour.

— Carol Currie


Pearl Mist Cruise Ship at Midland Town Dock · Aug 6, 10:16 AM

What an arrival to Midland.

This brand new cruise ship was seen docked at Midland Town Dock and what a nice sight to see! Midland residents and businesses and Mayor Gord McKay were all very pleased to welcome the ship to town!

Visit their website at Pearl Mist Cruise

I think they need some of our beautiful Georgian Bay images in their suites!

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  • The Pearl Mist Cruise Ship at Midland Town Dock, August 2014
  • View of Midland from the upper deck of Pearl Mist Cruise Ship.
  • Pearl Mist Cruise Ship leaving Midland Town Dock.
  • Spirits of Killarney
    Acrylics on Sculpted Mahogany
    42 x 65 AVAILABLE
    Inquire about price
  • Georgian Bay Tree
    Acrylics on Sculpted Mahogany
    27.5 x 35.5 SOLD
    Finished painting.
  • Claustro Sculpted Paintings, Claustro Gallery Feb 2012

— Carol Currie


Beausoleil Island, Georgian Bay Islands National Park · Sep 17, 05:08 PM

After 4 days on Beausoleil Island, 15 hours and 40 km of cycling and hiking, I have acquired over 800 photos documenting quite an experience! And I am thinking there will be lots of colours to explore and add to the mix in creating this next series. It was so hard to break down which ones I would put on this blog, so sorry, there are so many! And so many more in the photo album!

Claustro was one of 6 artists chosen to participate in their new Artist in Residency Program that the Georgian Bay Islands National Park has put in place.

As artists, we stayed in one of their new 2-person solar powered cabins, equipped with barbeque, dining table, queen bed, porch with couch for sunset viewing, at the West side of the Park (Christian Beach) where there are 4 cabins along with a very nice composting toilet. The object of the Artist Program is to document your experience as it is relevant to your art, and to engage with public meet and greets. In the future as the program develops, there may also be opportunity to run artist workshops.

For us, since adventuring is far more of interest than staying in-situ and creating en plein air work, from the first day of arrival, I headed out the door on my rent-a-bike (nice front suspension Norco) supplied by the Park (a must rental if you are staying on the Island for any length of time), to explore north along the West Shore up to Brebeuf Light Tower (which looks across to the Brebeuf Lighthouse).

Each day was a great adventure seeing every part (from west, to northeast, to southeast to northwest) of the Island that was possible in 4 days … and to take as many photos to document the amazing variation of geology and landscape the Island had to offer … plus learn about the historical background … all very astounding for my first time really exploring the Island. Other than visiting the Island by boat on two occasions to Honeymoon Bay … I have to say, to take the time to explore the entire Island by foot/pedal gives you a whole new appreciation of what this place has to offer! What diversity!

The specific geology of much of the Island is known as gneiss, a combination of pink feldspar, black biotite and white quartzite. I am just starting to learn about this geology so won’t begin to try to describe it scientifically, but it appears as if there are two layers of rock – on the surface is this nice pinky brown smooth feldspar, and just below the surface in mere inches is a beautiful, crystalized black rock, which is seen in different ways .. sometimes as black veining and swirling, mixed in layers with the feldspar, and sometimes like open holes, as if the feldspar was scooped away with a big spoon when the rock was hot and liquified … the transition is sometimes beautiful and smooth, and other times gutteral and destructive.

This happens on the north west, and the north east side of the Island (near Brebeuf on the West, and Chimney Bay on the East). IN between is a 60’ tall thick hemlock forest. But then, you explore 4 km south from Chimney Bay, and there it is again at Finger Point.

I could have easily spent an entire week and still not have been bored!

So quiet … and astounding … which I look forward to documenting in my next series of works.

If you are interested specifically in any of these photos, feel free to contact me at claustro@claustro.ca to explore the possibility of commissioning a painting based on the photo … and remember, there are 700 more photos in my collection. Commissions are done by viewing a series of similar reference photos, creating a sketch to consider composition, and then presto, the painting is completed. Go to the link to read more Commission Process on our website.

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  • And off we go on the Daytripper!
  • The Cabin, Christian Beach.
  • Porch of the Cabin with rent-a-bike ... norco!
  • Unpacked and ready to go explore! Sweet cabin!
  • A very clean composting outdoor toilet.
  • A highly technical terrain for mountain bouldering - had to walk the bike along the west shore trail.
  • At the Brebeuf Light Tower, very interesting erratic deposits.
  • Looking north to the Light Tower (far right).
  • Black veins were prevelant in the whole region.
  • Pink and black veining.
  • Very cool erratic with heavy cracking.
  • Looking south towards Gin Islands, varying rock tones ...
  • The core of the rock exposed - black deposits.
  • Another view of the 'black hole' of rock, with white and pink erratics.
  • First night sunset looking towards Sawlog Bay and Giant's Tomb.
  • Day 2 - not so sunny - headed to Chimney Bay - beautiful marsh along the way.
  • There's that black veining again - on the other side of the Island.
  • Up close view of the black vs. dolomite rock. Amazing!
  • Lily pads and erratics in Chimney Bay.
  • These beautiful juniper roots were all over - reaching everywhere across rocks.
  • Juniper driftwood.
  • Very cool colourful erratics with red grasses - fall colours are coming!
  • This erratic on the left looked like a giant dinosaur egg.
  • And this erratic looked like a profile of a man with a chef's hat on.
  • Gorgeous bright green lichen.
  • Very nice walking trails! Only 6km to go!
  • South view of Fairy Lake. This was one huge tree!
  • Top view of Fairy Lake - looking north, and when I turn around, you see Georgian Bay.
  • This was the view of Chimney Bay just after taking the photo of Fairy Lake.
  • Yes, I can see some new colours entering my palette!
  • Black Erratic amongst the feldspar along shores of Chimney Bay.
  • So cool!
  • I can imagine what this would look like at sunset. The variance of colours was outstanding.
  • First vivid sign of Fall.
  • Another well groomed trail ... heading back to Huron Trail to get back to the cabin before the storm comes.
  • And 8km later, I arrive at my road to the cabin - great bike ride!
  • Got back to cabin just in time for the storm and watched it pass over Giant's Tomb.
  • Calm after the storm - Gin Islands in near distance ... second sunset.
  • Severed rock puzzle in front of the my cabin on Christian Beach.
  • Storm clearing - ready to eat - 200 photos later, and I am done for the day. This erratic on my beach looked like a guardian.
  • The 1800's cemetary of arund 40 Aboriginal Beausoleil First Nations people who died while living on the Island. A plaque beside the cemetary lists everyone's name.
  • Surrounded by oak forest, a place rich with history.
  • Just around the corner from the cemetary, is the southeast side of the Island ... beautiful marshy region.
  • After the meet and greet at Cedar Springs (and the downpour), I headed to the rock chair overlooking Cedar Springs beach.
  • Again, this side of the Island is rich with marshes.
  • Looking East from Finger Point.
  • I call this, Laughing Rock. Finger Point.
  • If intended as directional inukshuks, this may be rather confusing .. haha.
  • And here it is again, now at Finger Point, (east side) ... this time it appeared as if the pink feldspar had thrown up its insides of black rock.
  • Another photo of the same rock - very gutteral - never seen anything like that - took about 30 photos!
  • A big erratic of the mix of rock - mainly the biotite ... showing both types in the background of that gutteral shelf.
  • On the way to Thumb Point, I have to go by the Rock Chair again as the sun pokes out.
  • At Thumb Point now .. more erratics ... looking East.
  • Looking Southeast from Thumb Point .. love the variety between rocks, grasses and lichens.
  • Speaking of lichen! Pooling of rainwater over lichen covered rock.
  • From lichens, to barren rocks and erratics - looking north from Thumb's Point.
  • Yes, great new palette to capture this beautiful shoreline.
  • After Thumb's Point, I cycled south to a group of Islands just south of Cedar Springs ... along the way is this sprit of beach...and the sun is coming out.
  • White Quartzite erratic in the middle of pink feldspar!
  • Looking south at Midland's, Tiffin by the Bay from the Ogitchidawkwe Naaniibwe Islands.
  • Same place looking at Tiffin ... sun came out!
  • Sun came out even more! Amazing colours!
  • I call this resting rock.
  • Sun setting on the Ogitchidawkwe Islands! I have over 50 photos from this shoot!
  • Surviving little tree on this very exposed island. And is the shadow a dog or is it just me?
  • Again, this is the panoramic view looking at Tiffin way off in the distance! Just when I thought I was in the wilderness, and there it was! haha.
  • View to Tiffin ... amazing split in the geology.
  • Beautiful tones in the rock.
  • Inukshuk on Ogitchidawkwe Island - looking south to Midland.
  • Inukshuk & Sailboat.
  • Quite the variety of landscape.
  • My final day at Beausoleil - started off raining, and now look as I head up trail to Honeymoon Bay.
  • This would make a very cool diptych!
  • Rocky Shores of Long Bay, northeast side of Beausoleil.
  • Heading north from Long Bay along Rockview Trail, this is the East side of Fairy Lake (interior Lake at north end of park).
  • Tall pine of Fairy Lake.
  • Looking towards Goblin Bay (northwest side of Beausoleil at Georgian Bay).
  • Beaver Dam at Goblin Lake.
  • Panoramic and potential triptych view of Goblin Bay. Gorgeous view and only a 10 minute walk south of Honeymoon Bay.
  • Three tall weathering pines of Goblin Bay.
  • Surviving little pine in diverse geology.
  • Goblin Bay trees.
  • This is a view from Goblin Lake to Goblin Bay (water through trees) Georgian Bay.
  • Huge 60 foot Pines at Goblin Bay.
  • Dock at Honeymoon Bay.
  • Islands across from Honeymoon Bay.
  • Erratics at Honeymoon Bay.
  • Lush Leaning Pine, Honeymoon Bay.
  • More weathered Pine, Honeymoon Bay.
  • View to north from Honeymoon Bay.
  • Carol at Honeymoon Bay.
  • Typical tree on island north of Honeymoon Bay.
  • Amazing how prevalent these pines are at the north end of Beausoleil.
  • Up and coming Pine at Honeymoon Bay.
  • This was such a cool tree - at least 30 feet long travelling along the rock horizontally about 15 feet above the waterline.
  • And ignore my gastly white leg, but it was the only way to try to get part of that same tree without using rope to hang off the rockface.
  • Looking back up.
  • I love this part of Honeymoon Bay - a little private beach that leads to another Island.
  • Cool Pink rock!
  • I was completely fascinated by this area that ran along the southwest shore of the Island.
  • And another tall pine appearing from nowhere.
  • Ver cool rock formations at Honeymoon Bay - could make a very interesting diptych.
  • Another potential diptych of the same region.
  • Another view.
  • I have at least 20 shots of this area - it felt like something I would see in Arizona .. and these are huge boulders.
  • Panoramic of south side of Honeymoon Bay.
  • Another panoramic in the same area that could be made into a triptych.
  • And there is the two bedrocks colliding again ... this time well over 7km from the other locations. Again, these boulders are massive.
  • And after another 200+ photos, and 4 hours+ of hiking/cycling, I watch my last sunset. Too tired to go outside, so watched it from the porch.
  • Getting ready to head back to Honey Harbour on the daytripper, mid-morning.

— Carol Currie

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The Lizards, Georgian Bay Land Trust · Aug 24, 06:38 PM

ooooh what a way to spend a day! A big heartfelt thank you to Dave and Jenn Harker, who called me and asked … hey are you available to go out on the boat tomorrow? Hell yah!!!!!!!!!!!

They took me to a very special place for them … the Lizards … close to Whalesback Channel, not too far (but far enough to have some privacy) from Midland town dock. In fact, while there for the day, we only saw one rower with his old dog, and a few kayakers who visited the hard-to-get-to Island.

In fact, Jenn and Dave know this area so well, Jenn wrote an article about this Island. Click here to read more of what insightful knowledge Jenn has about the location. She is BANG on with her description.

The Island is just over a kilometer long and I couldn’t believe how diverse it was. The contrast between the north and south parts were astounding. The north remained barren, with diverse little sprigs of life from cranberries, to strawberries to all sorts of little plants that found home in the cracks of the rock … all surrounded by the vibrant orange lichen (not found in the south end at all). The rock obviously scraped by the Ice Age, seemingly travelling on forever into the Georgian Bay abiss.
Meanwhile, on the south side, it was thriving with life … from HUGE straight white pines, to the more typical sparse, west leaning pine, to blueberries, junipers, bushes, birch trees trying to survive, and a frog pond full of life … not to mention all kinds of different flowers, and not orange, but very green (pastel green) lichen covering the entire top of the rock. Did I forget anything – not being up on all my plants and things, that’s a big yes!

The Island was donated by a generous family to the Georgian Bay Land Trust in 2003. People who cottage in the area are happy to ensure that the land stays protected, so everyone can enjoy this landscape. I know I am appreciative to have been able to have experienced it. So thank you!

Three other things astounded me about this Island (aside from the abundance of life, and the diversity of the landscape across such a short expanse):
1. Having lived on the North Channel, I have seen my share of white pines clinging to life, but I have never seen them thriving so much at the base of the tree (as well as up high) – roots reached out crossing 20 feet in places, and the greenery of the pine nearly covered the whole base!
2. I have also never seen a rockface with so many veins, seemingly travelling forever … you could see the vein travel from the main rock under the water and onto the other side … the veins often appearing more like roots of a tree the way they came up and over different types of rocks.
3. Much like the veins, but even more apparent, a large part of the Island rock appeared to be petrified wood … looking more like driftwood than rock. Very prehistoric and ancient in appearance.

I want to give my thanks to Dave and Jenn once again, for sharing this special place with me. Thanks for the snacks and the divine lunch, and thanks to Jim for bringing coffee!

These are only a few of the 300 photos I took in less than 5 hours … and obviously it will inspire many future paintings! WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!! I can’t wait to get started!

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  • View to the north.
  • Jenn giving a perfect yoga pose.
  • Whalesback Channel looking west towards Thunder Bay Beach.
  • Off in the distance is Giant's tomb.
  • Jenn atop crazy rock striations.
  • Pools, striations and orange lichen.
  • I am standing only at the 'third' of the Island, and way off in the distance you see Dave and Jim ... like a runway going straight into Georgian Bay.
  • Closeup of just SOME of the colours in the rock encompassing the Island. This will make a gorgeous abstract sculpted painting.
  • Another amazing abstract ahead - love the sporatic circles of lichen.
  • Another view looking north at the boys ... amazing distance in this Island.
  • The veins in the rock appear like the 'tree of life'.
  • These veins of varying type rocks were abundant on the Island ... amazing how the pink bedrock is harder than the granite as it remains raised.
  • Captain Dave looking North ... 30 feet up!
  • Erratics at the foreground, and an old fish carcass in the distance.
  • Long lines - looking west.
  • Aside from the lichen, these two patches of greenery are two of 105 species found on the Island.
  • North end of the Island ... there's that runway again.
  • Snack time with Jenn, Jim and Dave, before exploring the south end. Yeah, we needed to 'relax' after such a hard morning.
  • To prove I was there ... catching a shoulder burn (didn't know it until later that night). WORTH IT!
  • From barren to oasis, right away BIG life on the south part of the Island. Look how huge that tree is with Jenn standing beside it.
  • The awesome tree Jenn was standing beside. AMAZING west slope ... so much so, that the roots were lifted out of the ground, and tree still thrives!
  • Panoramic view - looking north - browns at bottom of tree are the roots, but they are grabbing along the ground to create ground trees.
  • Further south, is another tree creature ... again the roots are lifted from the ground, but all that healthy ground cover is the pine tree rooting and thriving along the ground.
  • Did I say amazing? Just think of what these trees endure in a storm and over the winter with those howling west winds!
  • Giant's tomb in the distant West.
  • THRIVING in this barren landscape. So beautiful.
  • And just when you thought all the exposed trees should be leaning west ... there you have it ... a very tall (some 40 feet plus) white pine.
  • And to show what a diverse Island this is ... there's also a large pond!
  • A gorgeously thriving pond that is.
  • More rock veins!
  • Jenn sharing all her favourite spots ... describing how the ice must have travelled across this rockface.
  • This rock amazed me - it looked like driftwood - like petrified wood.
  • There's the difference - this is actual driftwood!
  • Jenn, Dave and Jim signing the 'guest book' of the Island.
  • Typical windswept pine.
  • Boat travelling down Whalesback Channel, as I sneak behind the pine tree.
  • Huge erratic on the southwest part of the Island ... I dare you to try and move it.
  • Looking west - the erratic's eyeview.
  • Ice one viciously scraped the land, and left this erratic.
  • In the foreground is some kind of large vertebrae.
  • The erratic, and Giant's Tomb.
  • Vertebrae's eyeview.
  • Remnants of a bird carcass on west side of the Island. Not so thriving.
  • Huge driftwood ashore the west part of the Island.
  • This could almost be the west coast of Vancouver Island. (Although, I have never been in person yet).
  • Erratic and pool in the centre of the Island.
  • Grasses, pool, erratic, orange lichen and Georgian Bay ... what could be better than this?

— Carol Currie

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Second flight over the Western Islands of Georgian Bay · May 31, 02:44 PM

Okay Stu has hundreds of hours on small aircrafts including float planes, but this was my FIRST, and both of us being very fond of flying, we had a BLAST! We flew in a Cessna 180 on floats and tried to maintain a minimum of 500 feet – although of course, we were wanting to skim treetop level … AND LAND at our destinatione … but apparently that’s not something we could do … so alas, I settled for 500 feet .. I had a little zoom on my camera so could almost see ants roaming about – so I was as satisfied as an adventurer could be.

Yes, Stu needs to get his pilot’s lisence … I say Stu, simply so I can remain in the passenger seat, taking those opportune photos, and sipping on some champagne while being piloted around the nation! (OR choppered)! Okay okay, in all seriousness, we have both been very interested in attaining our pilot’s lisence from a wee young age … so maybe both of us will pilot our plane someday ………..

First we would like to thank our wonderful pilot from Georgian Bay Airways out of Parry Sound Harbour. Yes, we were quite surprised that she appeared to be fresh out of highschool … but she assured us she was far from highschool, and just had great genes – and well, I would have to agree! Haha! She was so sweet, and everyone treated us very well there!

Now, back to the flight —- we requested ahead of time that they take the passenger door off (yes that’s right – no door!) so I could take photos without any of the distractions of the window – come on – distractions aren’t that bad are they? REALLY? But did that make me nervous? NO way .. this true adventurer at heart says, give me all you got! And fortuneately, we had a brilliantly gorgeous warm, sunny day, so aside from wind, it would be warm in the cockpit.

There was little chop in the water, so take off was oh so smooth, then lift off felt like heaven as we started to climb over the Thirty Thousand Islands that surround Parry Sound before arrving to the vast open waters of Georgian Bay! Having never explored the Thirty Thousand Islands by water, I was AMAZED and AWED by all the vacant green land that laid under our wings … and to be seen farther than the eye could see … SIGH … what a place we live in! It proves we have so MUCH to explore from Midland to Killarney, Georgian Bay has more treasures than we will ever see in one lifetime, and if we are fortuneate enough to have the opportunity to explore and paint it for 40 more years, MAYBE we would get to scratch the surface.

For today however, our mission was to fly over the grandiose, remote group of Islands, called the Westerns … some 15 km from any land … and from the air, I can now clearly see just how far it was … and can’t imagine crossing that vast, barren and often dangerous open water of Georgian Bay by boat, let alone, by kayak, which ‘many’ adventurers do …. Now, that’s not to say we won’t – in fact, I say, bring it on!

What beauty though! Moving from Green Pastures of densely forested Islands, to the open blue waters … then … off in the distance … a teeny group of lonely dots … the Westerns … out there in seemingly the middle of nowhere.

We approach and you begin to see that the Islands are heavily enriched with life – forests; straggling trees; junipers; and that prominent Orange lichen – all contrasting so prominently with the varying colours of the limestone rock – from crisp white, to brown to grey – then the rich blue and green waters encompassing the islands … simply magical! Having explored only some of the Islands by boat and foot, it was so amazing to take this aerial exploration at 500 feet above.

It really made me query – how did this outcrop of rock suddenly appear from what was probably a depth to the Bay’s floor to be well over 200 feet!? What would this underwater landscape look like without water? Oh to be a fish, but with a human brain – that could be interesting for a day. This is all so exciting, I even forget we have no door! I am one little seatbelt clip away from finding out what those fish see! Why isn’t Stu a little nervous for me, while he is all safely tucked away in the back seat?

I wouldn’t mind though – jumping I mean – for Stu and I to be dropped into this remote world called the Westerns – to stay for a week and explore and be the only ones there, in this private little pocket of Georgian Bay. AAAAHHHHH that would be bliss … to sit quietly and watch what would have to be the most stunning sunsets and sunrises … to hear nothing but wind, water, (and gulls – afterall, they are an integral part of this ecosystem being that their nitrogen rich poop is the very cause of the orange lichen, formall known as Xanthoria) … afterall, I doubt any bears would be making this trip.

Stu and I thoroughly enjoyed our little adventure … thanks again to our wonderful Pilot! She did a great job circling so I could get some great shots. Below are just a small sample of over 300 photos that we took. This adventure not only to be a nice getaway but to obtain yet more research (after our first flight at 7000 feet) for our largest sculpted commission to date to depict the Westerns in a single panel panoramic 4 foot x 9 foot sculpted painting. You can follow the progress of this piece at our weblink.
Thank you for reading, and enjoy the last photo’s caption.

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  • Our float plane arriving for our flight.
  • Our pilot fueling up - yes we want lots of fuel!
  • Carol Currie and our Pilot getting ready to climb on.
  • Take off! Woohoo!
  • The Thirty Thousand Islands and off in the distance, is the open water of Georgian Bay.
  • Yeah, the view from here proves there's alot MORE than thirty thousand Islands!!! AWESOME!!!! Are we lucky to live here or what?
  • And there are the Western Islands - over 15 km from nearest land. Amazing when you see just how far by air.
  • And as we circle the Westerns, no sight of land in the distance. So wonderfully remote.
  • I love the RICH blues - nothing added - this is true colour!
  • And the rich contrast of blues, to oranges to greens in the water is stunning from air and on land. This place truly is a gem of Georgian Bay!
  • This photo too captures the rich colours, and how the land expands (ie, shoals!) into the water.
  • This shot again shows both the expanse of the horizon - no land to be seen, and the expanse of the rock into the water ... tricky navigating.
  • This shot nearly shows all the Westerns ... way off at the top and right, you can see the group of islands where the lighthouse is.
  • Simply Sweet! What a gorgeous day!
  • Panoramic View looking West ... these are the Western group of the Western Islands.
  • And this is indeed ALL the Western Islands, looking to the Southeast and yes, look closely, and off in the distance, is the lighthouse.
  • Closer yet, and you can still see the lighthouse.
  • This is an island Stu and I only started to explore ... I could easily take a FULL day on this Island alone, and enjoy seeing it from air.
  • Another Island we have yet to explore by land .. but I hear it's a beauty too!
  • I wasn't lying when I said I could almost see ants!
  • Colours outstanding ... see the shadow of the plane on the green (front right Island). That's us!
  • 300 photos later, and it's time to head back - Pilot with Carol!
  • With Stuie in the back, all having a great time!
  • Beautiful, serene Island on the way back to Parry Sound ... yep, we could live there!
  • And the aerial view of the marshes were tremendous! This would make an amazing sculpted series.
  • Another beautiful marsh! Love the greys of the dead trees amongst all the luscious green.
  • But alas, the flight must come to an end ... or must it? Stu needs to get his pilot lisence so we can go out all day! Parry Sound harbour.
  • Breaker, Breaker .. haha. Love the 'exit' door sign ... I think that's obvious being that my door is off! haha. Life is grand!

— Carol Currie

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