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Scenes from northern Wisconsin, summer 2017

More annual lakeside fun in the Northwoods

You may not find this terribly rewarding unless you're included here, so this is a good time for casual and random browsers to turn back before they get too caught up in the sweep and majesty of the proceedings and can't let go.

And still more scenes from the lake, in early September

Summer 2017 -- so far we've been on our annual study tour with the Wisconsin Wetlands Association and hosted daughters Alison and Marlowe and their nuclear families on the lake. Now for still more random additions to the seasonal photo dump.

Sailing boat on the lake (1 September 2017)

Punctual as usual. Cousin Rob appears in the offing.

Merganser patrol near Raymond's island

Evasive action duck-style

A woodpeckered tree not long for this world

Looking for eagles on the centre island in a rowboat

We can hear the juvenile's squawking, but no visuals (2 September 2017)

We'll have to come back another day.

Our guide finally demonstrating the celebrated "J stroke" . . .

. . . after eight years of verbal explanations that have had no good effect.

Hydrobikes at the ready (4 September 2017)

A dock at Point o' Pines, and Adjidaumo the centre island

Clowns and Jokers at the entrance to the canal

A forbidding grotto

A status check for the beaver dam

It looks like it's holding back more than a foot of water.

The rest of the canal out to the next lake over

Back to the mid-lake

Rising water levels make a real mess.

No real shoreline anymore


Seconds ago, it was alleged that a muskrat was observed swimming to the shore at the point.

Now it's alleged that he's not there anymore.

The muskrat is probably laughing at us.

The hornets may be laughing at us, too.

Our second hornets' nest in a week (exeunt stage right)

A row of fancy houses near the public landing (some of them evidently never lived in)

Splash, splash . . .

. . . pedaling uphill again

It's raining again -- a watchful eye on the back door for Melvin's likely dash for shelter

A totem pole at Mussent Point

A look at a little creek revealed by the recent rising lake levels (6 September 2017)

Since it's appeared in real life, a check on Google Maps reveals the creek to be connected to another tiny pond 200m back in the swamp.

A number of wetland afficionados have expressed a desire to trace the creek to its source and are wondering about the best means of doing so (including swimming!) . . .

. . . but it's not going to be on a hydrobike, and not today.

Local scenery

There's been significant concern about the proliferation of underwater vegetation this summer.

Not to mention the century-old underwater presence of old trees and logs in the canal

A high state of vigilance is required, of course.

A tinderbox in a dry spell

The peaceful mid-lake

Denizens of the wetland woods

Into the canal again . . .

. . . to check out the beaver dam . . .

. . . which has acquired a curious mudpack on it since we were here two days ago.

A eye to the clouds on the return trip

Across the centre lake in a decent headwind

A false alarm, afternoon storm-wise. Nearly back to port.

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