Dwight Peck's personal website
A photographic record of whatever leapt out at us
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.
More scenes from the lake, and small cat vs. 'huge snake'
-- Rise and shine, Sweet Slug-a-beds.
It's early July already, and we hydrobikers are headed south.
Past the beautiful Tigertail (or, alternatively, Tiger-Tail)
Into the little cove on the northern side of the South Shore bay (aka 'Indian Bay'), to see . . .
. . . some more erratic boulders, and accidentally to frighten a merganser duck into a hasty take-off.
But the wary merganser was just moving a little out of range.
The eagles' nest perched on the centre island, Adjidaumo, and guarded by . . .
. . . one of the two adults.
Good -- if they're here, they're not circling predatorily over Mussent Point.
Back in the South Bay, another woodpecker-wracked casualty, 4th of July 2020
Looks like it just got tired of fighting it and gave up.
This poor guy isn't even dead yet.
But these have all been dead for a while.
Backing out of South Bay, trying to catch the steady stream of Walmart trucks on the bridge, but this will have to do for the moment.
A mysterious flyover (not Stukas, anyway)
Tired themselves out again, the poor little creatures
Here's this past winter's Mussent Point damage -- a branch fell off the tippy-top and grabbed a bunch more of them on the way down.
They just missed the float boat, pleased to report.
The 'Frog Bay', so-called by the neighbors, adjacent to Mussent Point
Back to the canal, 7 July 2020, to re-engineer some of the arboreal dispositions
Our chief engineer applying remedial measures, with a small saw
To the spillway at the far end of the canal, with a small but appropriate flow over the boards
The next lake, a vastly bigger one
Back through the canal
The offending tree, now reduced to a minor and brief inconvenience for getting our propellers over
What a mess
Back out onto the lake, the so-called Tomahawk Bay
Two cats coordinating their insect-surveillance of the shrubberies
A favorite stop-off point on the way south down the lake -- a sandy lake bed for cooling off with
Hydrobike at rest
Suitably cooled off, we need to catch up with our guide before we lose him.
Another connoisseur of doomed trees on the lake
Between wakeboarding boats and natural wave action, the shore line has been undercut, protected only by the exposed tree roots, round much of the lake shore.
A work team heading for the public landing, end of a long day
The submerged TV-antenna dock looks a little more submerged today.
In the South Bay
And heading back out again
Viewing another fallen arboreal hero, in a cove on Tomahawk Bay near the canal
Choupette awaiting the return of the hydrobiker
But as self-absorbed as usual these days
Some of our party have been curious for many years about the destination of this set of stairs, so today we'll take a look.
Nicely made -- but they join a disused path that merely wanders back to one of the older cottages along South Shore Drive. Why this was built in the first place must remain a mystery.
Back to the bikes
Stephanie and Kristin on pedalboards off Point o' Pines (socially distanced)
-- Rise and shine, again. It's mid-afternoon.
Melvin and Choupette discover what could be a live, or a dead, snake, or a cat toy with a long feather boa on it.
Melvin has little use for cat toys (or snakes), and normally prefers silent contemplation. Choupette, on the other hand, will try to kill anything.
That's one feather boa that will never trouble us again.
But just for good measure . . . 'in an abundance of caution' . . . let's do it again.
The coup de grâce
-- Applause, please.
The hunt for insects resumes.
The Lake in the Wisconsin Northwoods
Mussent Point is at no. 12.
Next up: More cat follies, and a near-catastrophe in the canal
and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, .
All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 26 October 2020.