Winter on the Bruce Peninsula

Bruce Pen Winter

Unbelievably the winter is near over already, it being March again the snow is starting to melt and its finally safe to go out and make some beautiful pictures! Here is a breath-taking view from a small lake, just south of Cabot Head!

And to think of the beautiful autumn we had!

A beautiful storm rolling in over the lake; a great view over the yellow flowers!

A beautiful storm rolling in over the lake; a great view over the yellow flowers!

Apples thrown down by the coming cruel winter from the popular apple tree beside the lighthouse.

Apples thrown down by the coming cruel winter from the popular apple tree beside the lighthouse.

Snakes Around the Lighthouse

We have several snakes around the lighthouse: the milk snake, the water snake, several of the garter snakes and the only poisonous snake: the Eastern Massasauga rattle snake.

This is either an Eastern Ribbon or a Garter snake.

This is either an Eastern Ribbon or a Garter snake.

Another garter.

Another garter.

A water snake peeking out of its hiding spot.

A water snake peeking out of its hiding spot.

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An amazing milk snake going around the lighthouse.

An amazing milk snake going around the lighthouse.

Found a poison green snake hiding underneath the rhubarb.

We found a poisonous green snake hiding underneath the rhubarb.

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The Sun Going Around the Lighthouse

An early sunrise at 5:03 AM.

An early sunrise at 5:03 AM.

Sunshine cascading off the clouds as its setting.

Sunshine cascading off the clouds as its setting.

The sun setting under a clear blue sky.

The sun setting under a clear blue sky.

The sun diving into the water; lower and lower as the glow fades into dark.

The sun diving into the water; lower and lower as the glow fades into dark.

The sun setting over the lighthouse.

The sun setting over the lighthouse.

Note the sailboat in the reflection of the setting sun over the water.

Note the sailboat in the reflection of the setting sun over the water.

Sun diving at a late 9:32 PM.

Sun diving at a late 9:32 PM.

A bright yellow setting sun over the bay.

A bright yellow setting sun over the bay.

Setting sun cascading over the Georgian Bay.

Setting sun cascading over the Georgian Bay.

A rising sun through the trees.

A rising sun through the trees.

A rising at an early 5:09 AM.

A rising at an early 5:09 AM.

Some Wildlife At The Lighthouse

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We saw a very cute little bunny that came over every morning to visit us! This photo was taken by the gardens at 7AM

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This is one of the many snakes that live around the path, we are not sure what kind of snake it is, but we thought it might be a fox snake. And yes, this snake is blind on its left eye; that is why I was able to get so close.

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On our way up we saw two small turtles crossing the road leading the lighthouse. We think that they were painted turtles.

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Here you can see three loons, and the white bird in the back is a seagull. It was very amazing to see so many loons so close. Seeing them is one thing, but hearing them is another! Those beautiful birds were calling all morning: they have such a special call that when you hear it once…you’ll always recognize anywhere and anytime.

There have also been many sightings of different kinds of snakes, plenty of chipmunks, foxes, many different kinds of birds (blue jays) and last year there were even reports of black bears around the amazing grounds of the Cabot Head Lighthouse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Store – 2014

 

Here are all of the kid's souvenirs. And some unique, vintage trinkets.

Here are all of the kid’s souvenirs. And some unique, vintage trinkets.

Here are all the delicious maple treats and also the kid's t-shirts!

Here are all the delicious maple treats and also the kid’s t-shirts!

This here is one of the the two hand-crafted, wooden sail boats we have for sale. Both have a blue bottom and white sails. To the right of the boats is local Lion's Head made jams and jellies, including dandelion jam!

This here is one of the the two hand-crafted, wooden sail boats we have for sale. Both have a blue bottom and white sails. To the right of the boats is local Lion’s Head made jams and jellies, including dandelion jam!

In this picture are the three different types of hats we sell; in various colours: • tilley hats • sports/travel visors • and regular baseball hats.

In this picture are the three different types of hats we sell; in various colours:
• tilley hats
• sports/travel visors
• and regular baseball hats.

And lastly are the hoodies and sweathshirts. In the same aisle as the hats, coffee mugs and other small souvenirs.

And lastly are the hoodies and sweathshirts. In the same aisle as the hats, coffee mugs and other small souvenirs.

The Cabot Head Trails

When you visit the lighthouse you can head off on a trail which will lead you along Wing Field Basin, also known as the Georgian Bay coastal route, where you can enjoy amazing views over the basin and over Georgian Bay. The trail itself is well kept and easy to walk, with only a couple hills to ascend and descend.

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The Light Tower

In July, 1895, the Department of Marine and Fisheries called for tenders for the construction of a light and fog-alarm station at Cabot Head. The main building consisted of a wooden dwelling house and light tower combined, painted white. The fog-alarm plant was constructed on the shore below and east of the light. The lantern atop the tower contained several parabolic metallic reflectors utilizing light produced by kerosene lamps. Manufactured by the Chanteloup Company, of Montreal, this “catoptric” apparatus was fixed to a rotating frame which, driven by a clockwork mechanism, cast a beam of white light, with three flashes fifteen seconds apart, then an eclipse of forty seconds.

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