Monday, July 21, 2014

Wolf Lake Birches - A Work in Progress

Today was a bright and sunny day and perfect for doing all kinds of things outside .

First thing this morning Ron helped me reclaim the flower beds by the arbour and we planted four Don Juan climbing rose bushes to replace the Blaze climbers that I lost due to the long and hard winter.

Afterward while I made lunches to take with us, while Ron put the canoe on the Blazer and collected his fishing gear.

Map courtesy of Google Map Data@Google

We went up to Wolf Lake which is located off of Anstruther Lake Road on the east side of Hwy. 28 and east of Apsley. It is another of the many lakes in the Kawartha Highlands Signature Site.

The lake reaches a maximum depth of 30' (9m) with the average depth being about 15' (4.6m). There are many submerged logs, rock piles, weed beds and water lilies found along the irregular shoreline which provide excellent habitat for the muskie, largemouth bass and small mouth bass for which the lake is known.

In the rush to get to the lake I left my sketch book and pencils at home on the kitchen table, but I did have a few pieces of mat board and a small paint box in the Blazer and I took many photographs from which that I am sure I can do paintings of the lake.

It was the first time we had been on this lake and with Ron catching five largemouth bass and one nice 17" (43cm) walleye (also known here as pickerel) all of which we released. I am sure we will be going back there often.

I will post this watercolour sketch of birch trees found along the shores of Wolf Lake at a later date once I have completed the trees.