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The worst flood in hundred years
Most towns around Lake Muskoka were hit extremely hard by this year’s flood which reached the peak by the weekend, although water levels remain high. Many roads, particularly in Bracebridge were under water and impassable. There was extensive damage to the roads and many properties around Lake Muskoka and Muskoka river.

View from Kelvin Grove Park towards the Hydro Falls in Bracebridge, Ontario

The photo above and all other pictures that follow were taken in Muskoka on April 28, 2013, the day after the Muskoka river has crested.

Muskoka River spilling over the pedestrian walkway at the Hydro Station

The catwalk on the top of the Hydro Falls dam was overflowing and closed to the traffic.

Maintenance worker at the bottom of the Hydro Falls

Wharf Road on the west side of the Muskoka River at the Bracebridge Bay Park

Accumulated driftwood shows the extent of the flood

There was a lot of great looking driftwood and construction lumber including pieces of wooden docks alongside the river. The boards shown above were left on the grassy banks of Muskoka River about one meter higher and ten meters from the Sunday’s river edge.

Chairs in the lake

This group of chairs was situated on low-lying bank on eastern side of Lake Muskoka (that is, low-lying ground before the flood), and being in calm water and weighed down, it didn’t float away.

All kinds of items got away and are enroute to Georgian Bay

The water levels on Muskoka River rose higher than on the surrounding lakes, and proportionally there was more damage along the river. Many boathouses filled with water, hydro lines got short-circuited, boats came out of their slings or were pushed against the ceilings, shelves and furniture sank, and some canoes stored outside floated away.

Lakeside cafe half-submerged in the historic Duke’s building in Port Carling

This waterfront cafe is located in the historic Duke’s building at the top end of Indian River in Port Carling, just a few steps from the highway 118 and the lock to Lake Joseph. Not a good way to start the season.

Submerged town dock on Severn River

The landscape was significantly altered (for the period of flooding time). Many fixed large dock structures on the rivers and lakes were completely submerged, some of them almost a half-meter deep and several meters away from the water’s edge.

Three teenagers on a dock

I wouldn’t attempt it myself, but these three kids were pretty good at balancing precariously at the edge of the submerged dock. To their right, the water was only a few inches deep, to their left, 6-8 feet deep. In both directions, the water temperature was just a few degrees over the freezing point.

Top portion of High Falls in the northern part of Bracebridge – Muskoka River spilling over the access road to the falls and bridge

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BIRDS OF PREY Recap – May 26, 2013

Eagle Eyes – D600 at 500mm, F6.3, 1/2500s, ISO400, by Les Palenik

Setting Up – by Harvey Beitchman

For a change, we had a very nice sunny day with a lot of light and pleasant temperatures, but around the noon the light got quite challenging for close-up portraits. A fill-in flash helped considerably to eliminate harsh shadows and green colour cast as reflected from the surrounding foliage.

Dan Copeland with his own flash enhancer

The lenses ranged from 70-200mm to a 600 prime. Below are some images from the workshop.

Bald Eagle by Harvey Beitchman, D800, 70-200mm at 70mm, F9, 1/1600s, ISO400

Barn Owl- by Harvey Beitchman, D800, 70-200mm at 135mm, F10, 1/1000s, ISO800

Kestrel by Harvey Beitchman D800, 70-200mm at 70mm, F6.3, 1/2000s, ISO500

Great Horned Owl by Harvey Beitchman D800, 70-200mm at 70mm, F6.3, 1/2000s, ISO500

Great Horned Owl by Dan Copeland

Great Horned Owl closeup portrait by Dan Copeland

Bald Eagle by Rob Hunt

Bald Eagle by Rob Hunt

Bald Eagle by Les Palenik D5100, 70-300mm Nikkor at 155mm, F5.6, 1/1600s, ISO200

Red-tailed Hawk by Les Palenik D5100, 70-300mm Nikkor at 200mm, F9, 1/2500s, ISO2500

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BIRDS OF PREY Recap – May 26, 2013

Setting Up – by Harvey Beitchman/caption]

In summary, we had a very successful outing – great group, nice weather, and beautiful, well trained and very cooperative models. Originally, the weather forecast called for some showers, and I had packed some rain gear, but fortunately, we had a mix of sun and cloud, and the rain didn’t materialize until the late afternoon.

We were using Canon and Nikon equipment, and the lenses ranged from 50mm through 105, 200, 500, 600 primes to 70-200mm, 120-400, 150-500mm zooms.

Glenn Springer will be on May 31-June 2 exhibiting and selling his prints at the Haliburton Home and Cottage Show. If you tell him, you read about the show here, he will give you 15% discount on his prints and future workshops. For more information and to sign up, visit his website at www.photography.to

Below are some images from the May 12th workshop.

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BIRDS OF PREY Recap – May 12, 2013

Great Horned Owl by Ben Eby – Canon 1D MkIII

In summary, we had a very successful outing – great group, nice weather, and beautiful, well trained and very cooperative models. Originally, the weather forecast called for some showers, and I had packed some rain gear, but fortunately, we had a mix of sun and cloud, and the rain didn’t materialize until the late afternoon.

We were using Canon and Nikon equipment, and the lenses ranged from 50mm through 105, 200, 500, 600 primes to 70-200mm, 120-400, 150-500mm zooms.

Glenn Springer will be on May 31-June 2 exhibiting and selling his prints at the Haliburton Home and Cottage Show. If you tell him, you read about the show here, he will give you 15% discount on his prints and future workshops. For more information and to sign up, visit his website at www.photography.to

Below are some images from the May 12th workshop.

Great Horned Owl by Ben Eby – Canon 1D MkIII

Great Horned Owl by Ben Eby – Canon 1D MkIII

Great Horned Owl by Ben Eby – Canon 1D MkIII

Great Horned Owlets by Barbara McMahon – Canon T4i,50mm/1.4, ISO400, F5.6, 1/320s

In this place, you can get some spectacular pictures even by using an inexpensive kit lens or a 50mm lens. Of course, a long lens gives you many more options.

Barn Owl by Barbara McMahon – Canon T4i,50mm/1.4, ISO400, F5.6, 1/320s

Barn Owl by George Reichert – Nikon D800,70-200mm/2.8, ISO180, F2.8, 1/800s

George got an incredibly sharp picture of the flying owl, especially considering that it was shot at 2.8 and just 1/800s. You can see the details in the crop below.

Barn Owl by George Reichert – Nikon D800,70-200mm/2.8, ISO180, F2.8, 1/800s – crop from the above picture

Bald Eagle landing – by Glenn Springer – Nikon D600, 400mm, F8, ISO2000, 1/800s

Great Horned Owl in Flight by Glenn Springer – Nikon D600, 200mm, F8, ISO360, 1/400s

According to Glenn:  the wings were blurred because the shutter speed was too slow, and then I helped it along by using the Radial Blur filter in Photoshop.

Red-tailed hawk by Les Palenik – Nikon D600,350mm, ISO400, F6.3, 1/640s

Harris hawk by Les Palenik – Nikon D600, 250mm, ISO400, F6.3, 1/640s

Bald Eagle by Les Palenik – Nikon D600, 500mm, ISO640, F7.1, 1/1000s

Between all of us, we must have shot thousands of the owlet images. And all of them look great. Here is one more for closing.

The main attraction – the adorable great horned owlets – by Les Palenik – Nikon D600, 500mm, ISO400, F7.1, 1/500s

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