Visit from a German

This is a short and sweet update. After Nina cancelled a work party, I (Liam) went through with a visit as planned and had a few handy grad students and German friend (Sebastian) also up. Sebastian is visiting Canada for three weeks as part of a conference I hosted in Ottawa.

A few highlights:

  • It’s dry as a desert at the estate. My potatoes are suffering a lot. But so is the prickly ash (thorny invasive bush), so it’s not all bad.
  • Sebastian and I took a long canoe ride and pushed further than we’ve ever done before. We crossed a couple of beaver dams, pushed through sludge and weeds, and found a very large beaver dam (maybe Sebastian has pictures I can upload later). Anyway, contrary to Google Earth, the navigable water is nearly twice as long as the lake. This is great news for the sake of exploring. We went midday, so we didn’t see much wildlife other than a family of swans.
  • The camera trap has been set up for three weeks now, so I painstakingly went through all 1200 pictures that had been taken. It seems that the camera doesn’t always distinguish between blowing trees and animals. But we got some great shots (below)!
  • We did nothing handy; just relax. I did mark Maple trees so I can figure out which ones to tap come winter. But the verdict is that we have enough nearby Maples for our Saturday pancake routine and not much more. When it’s even less buggy, I’ll look deeper in the woods.

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