Thursday, October 20, 2011

Photo Reference Heaven

The Grotto - Cypress Lake National Park, Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada
Recently we made a break for the north! We grabbed the chance to take advantage of the "off season" camping at a fantastic National Park in Ontario. (Click on the link to find out more about his Park).This campground is almost impossible to get into during the summer months, and we were blessed to have incredible weather.

Unfortunately, as I mentioned in a previous post, 2 brothers died tragically here just the day before these photos were taken. The water was rough and one can imagine that they got tossed against the rock or swept under by the big waves that morning. The trails and this rocky beach area were all closed off while investigators attended the scene and recorded the conditions. I don't know what exactly happened, but the story I heard was that one of the brothers went into the water, got into trouble and the 2nd brother then went in to save his brother, but also drowned, while a 3rd young man and friend jumped in to save them both and he too almost died. He survived, barely. We saw him come out on a stretcher and he was not looking too good. Very sad.

But this day was calm and people carried on, enjoying the landscape and cool refreshing, crystal clear waters of Lake Huron.

Mass Exodus - Cliff jumping in groups is apparently popular with the youth ( :

This picture gives you an idea of why I keep using the term "crystal clear waters" when referring to this area. Its just breathtaking.

Here is a map found at the "Head of Trails". Our campsite was just south of the red arrow, at the very end of the site area. The Grotto is actually at the very top of the map a those 3 red dots. Cypress lake is actually a very shallow lake and Horse Lake is like an overflow from Cyprus.

This walk in to the Grotto is very easy. There were people with walking canes on the trail and you could drive a scooter in part way if you wanted to. We sat on the rocks watching the swimmer, cliff jumpers, snorkelers, divers and just the usual people watching. My husband went on "photo safari" for about an hour.
The water was beautiful, clear, clean and cool. Dogs were having a blast fetching sticks and rocks in the water. All in all, a really nice relaxing, interesting day. Another day in paradise.

Between the two of us and all the nature and activity we witnessed, we gathers several hundred photos for future painting references.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful! We were there a few weeks ago and no kidding, I was "exploring" and fell right in the water in that same spot at the Grotto... The result of my fall was just a chilly walk back to the car :)