At the far end of Little Magaguadavic Lake, we came upon one of its main infeeds - Stoney Brook. As the name implies, the granite boulders are getting more numerous by the minute as you pass from the lake into the mouth of the brook. Because these obstructions are covered in a black film of algae, and my canoe is made of traditional wood/canvas construction, great care is needed when navigating in these waters! In this photo, my lookout (and forward ballast!), Len, has deserted the bow to take a photo of a typical beaver lodge at the mouth of the brook. On many occasions, with quiet paddling, I have come across beaver swimming near the canoe. Once they spot you, they will usually circle around with their nose sniffing the air before they give a huge smack on the water with their tails as they dive. The 2nd photo shows one swimming in front of my canoe (June 2007) that seconds later let loose with its tail (3rd photo). It is a tough shot to make with the canoe drifting, the camera on zoom with a slightly delayed shutter release and not knowing exactly when the tail is going to hit! That smack is a warning to other beavers that something unusual is afoot! During the summer, the beavers stick branches and twigs into the muddy bottom so they can swim out of the lodge's underwater entrance during the winter to retrieve their food supply from beneath the 3-foot thick layer of ice covering the lake.
Gut-A-Moose Lodge is an old establishment on the shores of Little Magaguadavic Lake. It was originally built for hunting and fishing excursions, but, at the time that we were there it was owned by a consortium of school teachers. Since they get two months off every summer, it makes great sense to pool resources and share a place like this. The Lodge is accessible only by water - there are no roads or outside electricity. It consists of a main lodge building with kitchen, dining hall and so on as well an several smaller sleeping areas as shown in the photo. Note the abundance of granite boulders on the beach - this is the rule on Magaguadavic Lake. Small sandy beach areas are the exception. When we landed, there was no-one at the Lodge so we just wandered around for a while checking things out and then left for our little island camping spot that was off-shore not too far away.
One thing about walking around in the forests of New Brunswick is that you will often come across many different types of wild flowers. They quite often are not easy to see but are well worth the difference when you do see them! In this case, we stumbled upon a bunch of Devil's Paint Brush, a rather common wild flower in NB. However, it has a wonderful aroma - maybe it brings back memories from my childhood days of living in the countryside! These orange flowers have always been among my favourites!
Here, we have decided to land on a small sandy beach to enjoy the view and have a refreshing swim! This part of New Brunswick is covered with granite and many boulders are hidden beneath the waters! This is one of the larger ones and it makes for a great view point as one enjoys a refreshing breeze after a stint of not so hard paddling! There is a winding channel through a reedy area between Magaguadavic and Little Magaguadavic Lakes - this spot is located just as you emerge into the Little lake. When the lakes freeze solid in the winter, it is amazing to see the power of the ice in that it pushes these giant rocks into the shoreline. On the lake side of each one is a clear sandy path where the boulder has 'bull-dozed' its way ashore!