Saturday, June 15, 2013

Long Lake I-VI

Today Ron and I went up to Long Lake, which is on the west side of Highway 28 just south of Apsley for a day trip with the canoe.

Long Lake is one of the many lakes found within the boundaries of the Kawartha Highlands Signature Site. As its name implies it is a long narrow lake that reaches depths of up to 80' (24.4m).

Long Lake I

It consists of four basins connected by three narrows. The lake supports natural and stocked populations of lake trout, rainbow trout, speckled trout, walleye and is well known for large mouth and small mouth bass fishing.

We paddled up the lake from the launch site and towards late afternoon turned around and allowed the wind and current to carry us back.

While I sketched and took many reference photographs of the stately pine trees, rocky shoreline and pink granite cliffs Ron spent his time fishing and did catch a nice, large mouth bass.

Long Lake III

Unfortunately, the wind caught the edge of my sketchbook while I was taking the hook out of the bass's mouth and three of my sketches ended up in the water and sank before they could be recovered.

Long Lake II

But the bass was quite happy to be back in the lake and not ending up in a frying pan.

Long Lake IV

Fortunately, since I had reference photographs which will eventually end up as paintings, I wasn't upset by the loss of the drawings and continued to sketch.

Long Lake V

These are a few of the sketches I did afterward until we returned to the launch site as the sun was setting.

Long Lake VI

Thank you for coming to look at my artwork.