Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Water's Edge/CDP Theme Day/Rural Thursday

Georgian Bay on Lake Huron

Lake Huron is the second largest of the five Great Lakes, the third largest fresh-water lake on Earth.

On the northern shore of Lake Ontario

Lake Ontario is easternmost Great Lake, the smallest of the five in surface area (although Lake Erie contains less water),  the 17th largest lake in the world.

No one knows for sure what the word "Ontario" means. Some believe  it comes from the First Nation word "kanaderio" meaning "sparkling or beautiful water."  But the name may be a be a variation  of "Onitariio" meaning "beautiful lake." Or  it may have developed from "Skanadario" - "very pretty lake."  However,  the word may mean simply "a large body of water."

No matter what, it IS a pretty lake - even on a mostly overcast day like the one I took this photo.

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66 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

love the shoreline color in the 2nd shot. :)

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

gorgeous. i love them both. a breathe in, breathe out moment. wow!! (:

Gill - That British Woman said...

you always have such interesting info on your blog.

Gill

Paul in Powell River said...

I grew up on the eastern end, so the views shown here are very familiar.

Pamela Gordon said...

Beautiful photos. I've been swimming somewhere along that lake and it is really beautiful, with warm water and sandy beaches (in summer). Interesting how the names and meanings change over the centuries.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

The lake is beautiful with the fall colours on its shore.

Rebecca said...

It is a very pretty lake scene.

Daniel LaFrance said...

The composition in your second shot is superb!

Have a H(͡๏̯͡๏)T'ing Halloween!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Love the photos of the Great Lakes! I have seen all of them except Lake Ontario.

Everything Changes said...

Beautiful shots!

Joyful said...

It is very pretty there along the lake fronts. I've only ever been on the shores of one Great Lake (Lake Ontario) and I was struck by the enormity of it; much like an ocean I thought. Lake Huron appears to be much larger.

slim said...

Beautiful choice for theme day. I like the subtle colors.

Kate said...

The five great lakes are all so different. I've loved living near either Lake Michigan and Lake Superior all my life.

Mark said...

It's very pretty, love the Fall colours. Enjoy November.

Shantaram said...

Almost didn't see the water in the first picture.... the Lakes are grand!

LONDONLULU said...

Completely agree, beautiful lake no matter what! I love those variations on Ontario, they all sound lovely.

Indrani Ghose said...

Lovely scenic sights!

Jacquelineand.... said...

So beautiful! I love the light of an overcast day for picture-taking, you seem to be able to capture the little details that glare can wash out.

Sad to say, the only one of the Great Lakes I've been to has been Lake Michigan.

llandudnopictures said...

I think all of the Great Lakes are fantastic and very photogenic!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Beautiful pics, I can almost feel the wind blowing in off the lake.

Madge Bloom said...

Such a gorgeous scene... I forgot about theme day... oops!

Anne Kimball said...

Hi, I’m Anne from Life on the Funny Farm (http://annesfunnyfarm.blogspot.com), and I’m visiting from Rural Thursday.

These pics are gorgeous! Can almost picture myself walking along the shore, throwing a stick in the water for my lab. I wish!

Anyway, thanks for sharing! I hope you can pop by my blog sometime to say hi…

Lowell said...

Reminds me of Lake Superior. I'll bet it is pretty cold most of the year, too! Beautiful scenery, though!

cieldequimper said...

Why do you always make me sigh, eh? :-)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I love how it is so immense that it looks like the sea.

Maple Lane said...

So pretty.

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Very beautiful photos - and I really like some of the detail on the shore of the first one - the bird house is awesome!

Kim said...

Great water's edge shots! Love the clouds, although I'm sure it's cold. Seeing both lakes I started to think of a 3rd one from a lyric in a Bruce Cockburn song: "the world is waiting, like a Lake Superior gail. . .it'll sweep you away, but you know that you're never alone. . ."
I like that curve of shoreline in the second shot.
-Kim

Sandra said...

it is a beautiful lake, no matter the name

Tanya said...

i'd love to take a morning walk there right now :)

Pride In Photos said...

I grew up in Indiana and the great lakes were a huge part of that. Thanks so much for sharing. Miss seeing them now, that I live in Florida.
Laurie

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Fantastic shots of a beautiful place ~ nature is amazing ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

Halcyon said...

We're lucky to live in the vicinity of so many great lakes. I think Ontario must be named for the sparkling water aspect. I love it when the light shines just right!

Happy November!!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Two beautiful images EG, love the autumn foliage in the background.

DeniseinVA said...

I enjoyed this post on the Great Lakes, thanks so much. Your photos are beautiful as always.

Judy said...

I love the waves, and the colourful trees in the second shot!!

Susan said...

What beautiful photos! I would love to see those lakes in person.

Small City Scenes said...

Both are beautiful shots.
Lake Huron is like an Ocean.
Tree color is great too. MB

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

I think lakes are beautiful, maybe I am biased living near one, great captures of your lakes.

Randy said...

I agree with Daniel on that second photograph.

Karl Demetz said...

Beautiful place and nice photos!

Ellie said...

You are right this is a beatiful lake. Your shots are really lovely. :)

RedPat said...

You could take a grey pic like that today! You must have had a lot of pics to choose from since you show us so water shots.

Buttons said...

Oh I do love our Great Lakes I am only a hop, skip and a jump from Lake Ontario. Love your pics. B

Sharon said...

I love all the clouds you got in these photos.

Laloofah said...

Lake Huron is the one Great Lake I've visited, on both the Michigan and Canadian sides, and I agree - it is a pretty lake! Your second photo especially makes it look even prettier than I remember. Love all the Fall foliage right near the shore!

Rose said...

Beautiful!

Jack said...

It is mind-boggling how huge these lakes are!

Stephanie said...

Love the beach scene.

Island Rambles Blog said...

The photo of Lake Ontario is lovely and I like to understand the meaning of the names so that was wonderful info.

Miss Kodee said...

The lake looks like it is ready for winter. Has the cold look about it already!

Adele said...

Beautiful photos, and interesting info!

Krishna said...

beautiful place and nice landscape photos

thanks for sharing...

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely skies in both photos and i particularly love the autumnal trees on the coast in the second photo

see you there! said...

It is a beautiful lake, I like the wave action in the second photo.

Darla

Lois said...

Seeing waves on a lake always fascinates me, since I'm used to the ocean. Very nice!

JM said...

Love the perspective and colours on the bottom shot. Beautiful!

kelley jensen said...

It is beautiful and seems to go on forever.

Snowcatcher said...

I really love the muted sky and the autumn colors in the second shot! Looks like a fun place to just sit and soak it all up.

Valladolid Daily Photo said...

Love your choice for the theme day. Thank you for sharing it with us all.

Have a great month!

Marie said...

It's a VERY lovely lake, no matter where the name comes from! Your photos are lovely!

Viola said...

fun to think of the birth of and meaning of a name..! and ontario is a lovely name, as the lake! it must be a great lake, so lovely there by the lake! =)

Nancy Claeys said...

How lovely my friend! Looks to be a gorgeous day where you are. :)

Splendid Little Stars said...

gorgeous shots!

Sue said...

The clouds are almost as appealing as the water!

=)

Red Nomad OZ said...

Great textures in both the clouds and the water - and I think the jury is in: whatever the origin of the name, most versions indicate it's a beautiful spot and I don't think there'll be any argument with that!

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