A Season of River Pictures – along the Scugog river

I’ve had the good fortune of living within walking distance of this long winding river, the Scugog. It runs through the Kawartha Lakes area in central Ontario, Canada. I often find myself making various treks along the banks of the Scugog river. It’s a great place to go to relax and commune with nature. Everyone should be so lucky to be so close to the natural world.

I would guess the river is about 40 feet wide at most places, and features lift locks in the centre of Lindsay. However, I’m going to concentrate on the natural life on the river, as well as a couple of still life river pictures that are quite intriguing.

As you might expect, there’s all sorts of wildlife in and around the river. Various ducks, geese, seagulls and more. Many trees growing on the banks of the river have had nature force an unusual growth pattern on them, due to natural erosion. I’ve captured these river pictures at all times of the year, although you do have to look at the bleak winter scenery differently, to get interesting shots. I’ve only included one winter picture for this photo gallery of river pictures.

I hope you enjoy them.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron - photo by timorous
Great Blue Heron - photo by timorous

^ Great Blue Heron. This was a special find. Blue Herons are not unknown around these parts, but they’re not all that common, so I was thrilled to be able to see one, let alone get this close. It stands about 3 feet tall. This bird appears to be looking somewhat pensively into the late afternoon sky.

River Reeds

River reeds - photo by timorous
River reeds - photo by timorous

^ River reeds. A common sight along any river is reeds. Not only do the tall, leafy spires add interest, they act as filters, and prevent erosion. I also like the reflections in the nearly still water behind them, in this picture.

Canada Geese

Canada Geese - photo by timorous
Canada Geese - photo by timorous

^ Canada Geese. We have large numbers of Canada geese along the river. In the spring it’s wonderful to watch the little goslings swimming along with mum and dad. Unfortunately, I haven’t captured any decent river pictures of that phase, though this gaggle of geese will certainly suffice.

Old Mill on the River

Old Mill on the River - photo by timorous
Old Mill on the River - photo by timorous

^ Old mill on the river. It was pretty common, about 150 years ago, to have many mills operating along the river in towns all over the world. Not only was the river a good means of conveying goods back and forth, the river current was sufficient to run the mill wheels. Many towns were built up from this milling activity. This is one of my favourite river pictures. It is the preserved remains of one of these mills.

Feather Grass

Feather Grass - photo by timorous
Feather Grass - photo by timorous

^ Feather Grass. Although it obviously has a botannical name, it’s lost on me. This feather grass grows wild, somewhat further away from the riverbank.

Gnarly Trees Along the River

Gnarly Trees Along the River - photo by timorous
Gnarly Trees Along the River - photo by timorous

^ Gnarly trees. Oh, it is sometimes peculiar what nature does with trees, when erosion takes place. This may actually be two trees, winding around each other. The water was absolutely still and glass-like on this day, as well.

Sunken Boathouse

Sunken Boathouse - photo by timorous
Sunken Boathouse - photo by timorous

^ Sunken boathouse. Although haphazard looking, this old garage is most likely intentionally positioned as a boathouse. It appears to be moored fairly well, as it hasn’t sunk down any further as long as I’ve lived here.

Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather - photo by timorous
Birds of a Feather - photo by timorous

^ Birds of a feather. Yes, these geese, seagulls and mallard ducks all hang out together. The local residents in this park feed them regularly, so they know where to come if there’s not enough to eat in the river.

Garter Snake

Garter Snake - photo by timorous
Garter Snake - photo by timorous

^ Garter snake. Oh, come on..they’re not that creepy. This garter snake, a very common variety around here, is lazily resting on the pathway that winds along beside the river. (its head is tucked underneath in this picture). He was fine, he’d moved on when I passed the same point on my way back a little later.

Mallard Ducks

Mallard Ducks - photo by timorous
Mallard Ducks - photo by timorous

^ Mallard ducks. Here’s a bunch of female mallard ducks swimming along, on a lazy summer afternoon. I’m glad I had the opportunity to the same.

Fallen Branches

Fallen Branches - photo by timorous
Fallen Branches - photo by timorous

^ Fallen branches. Although the town tries to keep the erosion under control, there are always numerous tree limbs that fall into the river. This is just nature’s way. It makes for nice river pictures though. Fortunately, the town doesn’t remove these unless they’re causing some obstruction to the flow of the river.

Fall on the River

Fall on the River - photo by timorous
Fall on the River - photo by timorous

^ Fall on the river. I captured this nice bucolic river picture on this beautiful, early fall afternoon. One of the nicest things about a natural watercourse is its various reflective qualities.

Another gnarly tree

Another gnarly tree - photo by timorous
Another gnarly tree - photo by timorous

^ Another gnarly tree. This tree almost looks like some kind of serpent. This is only part of it, it stretches horizontally more than vertically. Ever so weird.

Mallard ducks in winter

Mallard ducks in winter - photo by timorous
Mallard ducks in winter - photo by timorous

^ Mallard ducks in winter. You’d wonder what they find to eat all winter. Although kindly residents toss them bread and other treats at regular intervals. The river is usually partially frozen for at least a couple of months. The males have a very different colouring here than in summer, while the females retain their same speckled coat.

Down by the River

I really wish you could be here to see the river, the creatures, the trees and vegetation for yourself. It’s also fairly quiet down by the river, away from the relative hustle-bustle of the city. In the summer the Scugog river is a favourite of boaters, canoeists, and anglers. Although it’s not as clean as it could be (not quite clean enough to swim in), it’s still a beautiful place to be, just to take a bit of time out and relax, especially on a lazy summer day.

If you ever need to relax, and get away from your hectic schedule, just come back here and sit and let these river pictures soothe your soul.


As always, these pictures are copyright (2011) by timorous+ and may not be copied or used without my consent. Please respect my wishes. Thank you.

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snakeslane 5 years ago from Canada

The Blue Heron and Mallard ducks in winter, two of my favorites. Thank you for this tour timorous, lovely photo gallery of scenic river views. Regards, snakeslane


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timorous 5 years ago from Me to You Author

Thank you snakeslane. I'm so glad you enjoyed these lovely river pictures. Come back any time you need a stress-buster. Cheers.


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snakeslane 5 years ago from Canada

Thanks!


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shami327 5 years ago from Dubai UAE

Beautiful photos..


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learner365 5 years ago

Fascinating photos especially of the Gnarly trees and the Mallard ducks.A well presented and a beautiful Hub !!


natalijad 5 years ago

It it a great hub.I was living in a village where almost every family used to grow ducks:) so I like these animals.I hope that you will read some of my hubs.

Al the best:)!


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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

Lovely pics, thank you so much for them. It looks like such a beautiful, peaceful place. I'm glad you shared your appreciation of it with us. I love the mallards and the feather grass. So much beauty in this world!


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timorous 5 years ago from Me to You Author

Thank you shami327.

@learner365: I love these gnarly trees as well. Thanks for coming by.

@natilijad: How nice. There's no need for more mallards or geese around here, they're very abundant, thankfully.


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timorous 5 years ago from Me to You Author

Paradise7, great to see you again. You're so right, it's wonderful to have such a beautiful, peaceful place to come and relax. You're welcome to come back anytime. Thanks.


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Green Lotus 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

I have to agree with the masses, the mallard ducks are exceptional. The angle shows off their orange webbed feet against the snow so artistically...and of course, the garter snake is great. What a wonderful promotion not to fear those non-poisonous creatures.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Your photos are world class, timorous. Enjoyed the hub, too. Voted up.


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timorous 5 years ago from Me to You Author

Greetings Green Lotus. The angle for that mallard ducks photo is from above, on a low bridge. I too love the contrast of the orange webbed feet against the snow. If you arrive at the right time of day during the winter, you'll see over 50 ducks and geese in this area, as there's still some running water nearby.

Thanks for enjoying the river pictures. Come back anytime.


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timorous 5 years ago from Me to You Author

Hello drbj. Thank you very much...you're too kind. I'm glad you enjoyed this tour of the Scugog river.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Thoroughly enjoyed this photo gallery of the river near your house. The reflections are stunning and I loved all the pictures but my favorite was the gnarly trees.

There's a riverwalk in my town and it's so relaxing to walk there.

Voted up across the board except for funny.


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timorous 5 years ago from Me to You Author

Awww..thanks Happyboomernurse. Great that you enjoyed the river pictures, and that you have the opportunity to stroll by your own local river.

Yes, I must admit the gnarly trees are fascinating. Apparently everyone else does as well.


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sandy1973mypetdog 4 years ago from the south

Great hub! Really enjoyed the photos. I will let you take the photos up close of the snakes, I am not a fan of snakes. Great hub!


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timorous 4 years ago from Me to You Author

Thanks for stopping by Sandy. I'm glad you enjoyed the photos. This garter snake is quite harmless, really. Thanks for becoming a follower as well.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi timorous, I always enjoy a walk by the river and these photos are fabulous, I love the reflections.

Thank you and voted up.


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timorous 4 years ago from Me to You Author

Greetings Movie Master. Thanks for taking a walk by the Scugog river. I've enjoyed your photos very much as well. Come back any time, and thanks for the vote.


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sofs 4 years ago

Hi Tim, I am late for the party though I had seen and celebrated it the day it was published. I guess that I forgot to express my feelings about this one... this is the one of your best collection of pictures so far my friend.. Beautiful! so serene... the trees ...gnarly trees and their reflection take my breath away! Great work here!


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timorous 4 years ago from Me to You Author

It's never too late, sofs. Serene is the feeling I get on my various treks, as well. Thanks for enjoying the breathtaking pictures, and of course, thank you so much for the compliments. Cheers.

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