Week of Sunday August 25th, 2019

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Aug 25 Aug 26 Aug 27 Aug 28 Aug 29 Aug 30 Aug 31
High 23 23 22 27 24 24 22
Low 15 17 18 18 16 16 13

After floods at beach one this summer, the town did a remarkable job getting beach one back in shape. With Georgian Bay this high however, I fear we will see a log of damage along the beach when high winds come in the Fall.

Sunday, August 25th, 2019 – Beach one is finally back to normal! Taken mid-day along the main strip of beach one looking east.
Sunday, August 25th, 2019 – Taken in the evening east of 18th street looking east. The water levels are at a record high, but the waves have re-shaped the shoreline at the expense of a few trees so the beach is walkable again end to end.
Sunday, August 25th, 2019 – Met these Canada Geese on my way to Beach One on Sunday evening.
Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 – This is my gold standard when it comes to determining the water level. This storm sewer drain doesn’t move. There was a south wind today, so the water level is two feet further to the left / north. Last year there was 30 feet from the drain outlet to the shoreline.
Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 – a few weeks ago, this part of the beach near 13th street was unwalkable. High winds have eroded the shoreline and created a new beach.
Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 – The new “skinnied down” main beach.
Wednesday, August 28th , 2019 – looking west from near 13th street.
Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 – this new bug caught my attention on Shore Lane – I haven’t seen this one before.
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Week of August 18th, 2019

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Aug 18 Aug 19 Aug 20 Aug 21 Aug 22 Aug 23 Aug 24
High 27 28 27 29 24 23 22
Low 19 20 17 20 17 14 13

August is the best month to enjoy the beach. The days are getting shorter, but the water is warm and there is something magical about the quality of the sunsets.

Monday, August 19th, 2019 – Beach one in the evening. It’s like the damage from high water never happened!
Monday, August 19th, 2019 – Mural at the west end of South Beach.
Monday, August 19th, 2019 – Looking east from the far end of Wasaga Beach. The far east-end of the beach peninsula is off limits. I’ve kayaked around the peninsula several times between the Nottawasaga river and Georgian Bay. I only venture out when the weather is good. This is off limits for swimmers because the mouth of the river is dangerous. The recent  drownings I’m aware of have all occurred here.

 

Monday, August 19th, 2019 – Taken from the east end of Wasaga Beach – East of this spot, things are dangerous and appropriately marked. Depending on the time of year, the current from the Nottawasaga river is strong and can be fatal for even the strongest swimmers.
Monday, August 19th, 2019 – Wasaga Beach looking northwest.
Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 – Cool to see so many people on a weekday.
Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 – heading back to beach one along the boardwalk
Wednesday, August 21st, 2019 – the east-end boardwalk.
Friday, August 23rd, 2019 – My son Ben heading back to law school – His kick-ass rental dwarfs Michelle to the right.
Friday, August 23rd, 2019 – Taken from the border of beach 1/beach2 – Blue Mountains in the distance across the bay.

 

 

 

 

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Week of August 11th, 2019

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Aug 11 Aug 12 Aug 13 Aug 14 Aug 15 Aug 16 Aug 17
High 27 27 26 25 23 24 26
Low 14 19 20 18 17 17 19

Not that you need to be a physicist to walk down Wasaga beach, but apparently it helps. I actually met and talked to a physicists (OK – a retired high school Physics teacher). He clued me into what was happening with this picture. On Wednesday (August 15, 2019), I photographed a strange effect far off-shore. A boat apparently floating above the water. I’m told that this is known as a Fata Morgan mirage.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fata_Morgana_(mirage). I think that this header pic is a keeper!

Monday, August 12th, 2019 – On Friday August 9th, I posted pictures of high waves on Wasaga Beach .  It looked fun at the time, but the water did some serious damage. Lots of heavy equipment on the beach for three days this week cleaning up – costly I’m sure!
Wednesday, August 14th, 2019 – Taken from ~ 1km  east of beach one along the provincial parking lots. Most people don’t head this far east. The beach here is a less maintained, but this is where I would go to enjoy Wasaga Beach and avoid the crowds when the beach is busy.
Wednesday, August 14th, 2019 – The main beach is packed, but nobody around a short 1 km east of the main beach.
Thursday, August 15, 2019 – This is the Wasaga Beach equivalent of a UFO – With a telephoto lense I was able to make out the boat far off shore – With the naked eye it looked like an iceberg. I spoke to lots of people who asked what they were seeing on the Horizon (I guess I look like local by now). The answer is refraction. Apparently one now needs to be a physicist to enjoy a walk down the beach – LOL! https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/175873/earth-curvature-refraction-for-dummies
Thursday, August 15, 2019 – Walking along the river east of Beach one.
Friday, August 16th, 2019 – Michelle and I headed to Manitoulin Island on Friday – We came across a deer that appears too skinny for the season. Lots of vegetation – something is wrong I’m afraid.
Saturday, August 17, 2019 – The view from Mom & Dad’s camp on Lake Manitou – The wind turbines across the lake are new. I’m not sure, but I think we are looking at the turbine at M’Chigeeng formerly known as West Bay.
Saturday, August 17, 2019 – I spent some time playing around with camera settings to try and capture the perfect sunset on Lake Manitou.
Saturday, August 17, 2019 – As above, but wanted to capture my parents deck close to the lake.
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