Pining Away

 It's been so hot lately here in the beautiful Ottawa Valley, that it saps the thoughts right out of me, and they dribble away meekly hoping for a cool breeze to revive them. Writing is a chore it seems, better suited for cooler weather!
So instead, I thought I'd share some photos I took a few weeks ago at Les Chutes Coulonge, a waterfall park not far from here that's an example of the creative re-use of primary resource material. The log drive used to take place on many rivers in this part of Canada.

It's the reason the region was first settled 180 years ago as tree prospectors came looking for tall white pines to make masts for her Majesty's fleet of ships back in jolly old England.

Today, the park has a  trendy zip line through the tree canopy and across the falls. Where nature used to be harnessed to drive the timbers to market, now it's tourists who are harnessed, screeching their way across the canyon, as the timbers quietly watch.

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jabblog said...

Tranquil scenes - trees and water, a wonderful combination.

Anonymous said...

I'd be screeching pretty loudly if I were on the zipline. The trees are so patient to put up with us, but perhaps they now we are only passing through their world.

Barb said...

I enlarged the first photo and noted the viewing deck - that must be spectacular! It may be hot there, but your photos look cool. That seat in the last photo looks like a great place to relax.

Beverley Baird said...

What a gorgeous spot! Great photos!
I lived in Ottawa for 3 years will going to Carleton and never got there!

Mike B. said...

That first photo makes me want to go and take a dip to cool off!

Good to be a Queen said...

Awesome photos!!!