Monday, August 30, 2010

Parry Sound Lookout/ MyWorld

Observation tower atop Tower Hill, Parry Sound, Ontario

Parry Sound - approximately 2 hours north of Toronto - is situated on Georgian Bay, a huge arm of Lake Huron, one of the 5 Great Lakes.  In fact, Georgian Bay is nearly as large as Lake Ontario, another of the 5 Great Lakes.

The sound from which the town Parry Sound takes its name

This photo was taken from about halfway up the 96-foot tall tower. There are many, many islands out there - some say 30,000.

Canadian Pacific Railway runs  over and through the middle of town

As I climbed the steps to the top of the tower, I could hear the train but could not see it...until I reached the summit...and this was all I saw! Too late!

Rectangles I had to poke my camera through to take photos

Hmmm. I might have gotten a better shot of the train if I hadn't had to quickly adjust my camera to fit the lens through the openings.


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41 comments:

JOE TODD said...

I've been climbing old firetowers in Ohio and you can't even get to the top platform the trapdoor to the top is locked shut. I've been past Parry Sound a lot of times but never stopped excpt for gas.

see you there! said...

You climbed all those stairs? I'd be huffing and puffing. The photos make it all worth it tho.

Darla

B SQUARED said...

I can almost hear Gordon Lightfoot playing. Nice post.

Small City Scenes said...

That's quite a tower to climb. Los of steps and you did it. YAY!!!
Nice shots though. MB

Shammickite said...

I love B Squared's comment about Gordon Lightfoot! Great view from the top of the tower, in spite of the restrictions!

Kathy said...

Looks like a fun hike. Rather breathtaking ~ in more than one way!

KAHVIKISSA ¤ said...

THANK YOU for your visit in the village MY pages ;) BEAUTIFUL PICTURES HERE! NICE WEEKS !

Carol said...

Wow, what a view! But that's alot of steps to climb. The lake and scenery is beautiful.

Kaori said...

That looks like quite a climb! But what a view :D

michael said...

I admire your dedication. That looks like a lot of steps to climb.

Spiderdama said...

That tower gives you a great view, perfect place for shooting. Nice photos.
Wish you a happy week:-)

traveldestination said...

So Beautiful content on the traveling and visiting worth place for individual and family as well.
Some alluring photographs.

Carver said...

I think you did a good job with the photography during a climb like that. I usually have to stop shooting when climbing because my focus is on breathing, LOL. Looks like a beautiful place.

lisaschaos said...

Climbing towers is fun but also a little scary. Love the views from up top!

Sylvia K said...

That is quite a climb, but your photos are definitely worth it! Beautiful! Enjoy your day!

Sylvia

Francisca said...

My first thought as I was looking at your photos was of Gordon Lightfoot; I think you can guess why. Then as I got to the end of your post and read your frustration about missing the train shot, I laughed, as I daily softly curse the shots I am MISSing. I figure for each one good shot I get, there are 100 that come out so-so to bad, and there are 1000 I see and miss to take. C'est la vie! Let it go, let it go, let it go... as my yoga instructor reminds me each class. :-D

Cezar and Léia said...

I like the photo showing the rail wagons with piled containers, must be quite something to be the conductor...
God bless you!
Cezar

VioletSky said...

I am impressed with your stair climbing abilities.

ladyfi said...

What a great view!

Jarart said...

That is a lot of climbing but well worth the effort for that view.

Rambling Round said...

I am impressed that you got as high up as you did! don't think I've ever made it past the second flight on one of these towers. Great photos.

Ebie said...

Waah! that is a tall tower! Don't know if I can handle the climb. But it has its rewards seeing a somewhat "aerial view".

aka Penelope said...

I had no idea about the tower! What a wonderful perspective from which to see the landscape below, especially the trains that bring back fond memories and always make me think of adventure.

Kay L. Davies said...

Ooh, I could never make that climb. Good for you. Great views!
K

Xavi said...

I love the view of the lake through the trees.
Do you live near Synpatico?
Have a wonderful day.

ewok1993 said...

wow, that must have been too high for my liking :D

i can imagine all the other shots you took that did not make this post. what a lovely spot.

George said...

I hope the climb to the top of the tower was worthwhile, even if you did almost miss the train. I appreciated the views from the way up.

Carolyn Ford said...

That looks like quite a workout getting to the top! But, well worth the effort for such a spectacular view...delightful, to say the least!

eileeninmd said...

Wow, that is a lot of steps. The view looks fantastic and well worth the climb.

eileeninmd said...

Wow, that is a lot of steps. The view looks fantastic and well worth the climb.

Nessa said...

That is really cool. There were a lot of stairs to climb. ;)

Rajesh said...

Great shots. Love the variety.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

You captured some wonderful vistas by climbing up that tower! I would be exhausted climbing up all thsoe stairs.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Lookout towers are cool. I used to go on them when I was a kid in Payson, Arizona and Dad was a Forest Ranger.

Indrani said...

Great shots, I like the grilled window shots... a reminder we have caged ourselves.

Luna Miranda said...

the view is well worth the climb.:p

Arija said...

You can have that tower all to yourself. That number of steps is totally our of the question for me.
I like the views of the Sound though.

BraCom (Bram) said...

Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos

Have a nice week,
Greetings, Bram

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J Bar said...

That's a great lookout.
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RuneE said...

Nice ones - I enjoyed that last one especially. It showed a sense of humour I like.

Shey said...

You had a great view from up there. Amazing!

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