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July 17, 2017

Neustadt Mill: Ontario’s Old Mills

Filed under: Mill,Ontario — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Neustadt Mill: Ontario's Old Mills

Neustadt Mill: Ontario’s Old Mills

Built in 1857 in Neustadt and operated as a grain mill until 1990.

Ontario's Old Mills

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July 15, 2017

Dead Man’s Fingers

Filed under: Fungi,Ontario — Tags: — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Dead Man's Fingers, Xylaria polymorpha

Dead Man’s Fingers, Xylaria polymorpha

I was having a wander through a local woods when I noticed this very odd looking fungi nestled in a dark corner. It is known as Dead Man’s Fingers, Xylaria polymorpha. It grows near the base of a dead stump on the wood just beneath the ground. I suppose with a little imagination, it might resemble the fingers of a dead man, but I tend to think it looks more like something a cat might leave behind.


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July 13, 2017

Great Falls: Ontario Waterfalls

Filed under: Ontario,Waterfalls — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Waterdown Falls, Ontario

Waterdown Falls, Ontario

This waterfall goes by a number of names including also Waterdown Falls, Grindstone Falls, Grand Falls, Smokey Hollow Falls and Waterdown Falls. Great Falls is probably my least favorite but it seems to be becoming accepted. Grindstone Falls has a nice ring to it but there is a falls by that name north of Thessalon. Personally I like Waterdown Falls.

The Grindstone Creek which flows through Waterdown, Ontario formerly powered a number of foundries and mill, and the resulting smoke gave the area the name Smoky Hollow. The Great Falls over this creek is a very accessible waterfall and a pleasure to visit. You can reach it by going south on Mill St. in Waterdown, from the Highway 5 intersection (Dundas St.) As you go down a hill to the left, you will see the small parking lot on your right.

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Waterdown Falls, Ontario Waterdown Falls, Ontario


Warning: It can be dangerous to view and photograph waterfalls. The footing can be wet and slippery, and an accidental fall can result in serious injury or death. Note also that many sections of waterfalls are on private property. Please respect these rights.

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July 10, 2017

Toronto along the Gardiner Expressway at night

Filed under: Cityscape,Toronto — Tags: , , , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Toronto at Night

Toronto at Night

Toronto along the Gardiner Expressway at night

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July 8, 2017

The Badlands

Filed under: Landscape,Ontario — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
The Cheltenham Badlands

The Cheltenham Badlands

Its not the more famous Badlands of Alberta or South Dakota, but Ontario has the Cheltenham Badlands. It is an area that has been eroded and where the subsoil contains a large quantity of iron oxide. This gives the soil a reddish color. Their are also bluish-green bands where the groundwater has reacted with it. The Bruce Trail runs by it.

 

The Cheltenham Badlands

The Cheltenham Badlands

GPS Position N;43.774186 W: 79.944458

The Cheltenham Badlands The Cheltenham Badlands

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July 3, 2017

Erb’s Grist Mill: Ontario’s Old Mills

Filed under: Mill,Ontario — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Erb's Grist Mill: Ontario's Old Mills

Erb’s Grist Mill: Ontario’s Old Mills

This is a 1998 replica of a a gristmill built in 1816. The original was built by Abraham Erb, Waterloo’s first settler.

 

Erb's Grist Mill: Ontario's Old Mills

Erb’s Grist Mill: Ontario’s Old Mills

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July 1, 2017

Canterbury Falls: Ontario Waterfalls

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Canterbury Falls: Ontario Waterfalls

Canterbury Falls: Ontario Waterfalls

Canterbury Falls: Ontario Waterfalls

Canterbury Falls: Ontario Waterfalls

Found by the Bruce Trail in Ancaster, this is a lovely falls in a natural setting.

GPS Location: N:43° 14.064′ W:79° 58.411′

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Warning: It can be dangerous to view and photograph waterfalls. The footing can be wet and slippery, and an accidental fall can result in serious injury or death. Note also that many sections of waterfalls are on private property. Please respect these rights.

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June 22, 2017

Dean Sawmill: Ontario’s Old Mills

Filed under: Mill,Ontario — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

 

Dean Sawmill: Ontario's Old Mills

Dean Sawmill: Ontario’s Old Mills

 

The building was moved to it’s present site and is an exhibit in the Marshville Heritage Village near Wainfleet. It has an interesting water tower you will want to include if you take photos.
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