This is formatted for Boundary Waters/Quetico Park fanatics so there may be more information here than you really want to see. Quetico Provincial Park is a large wilderness park in northwestern Ontario, Canada, renowned for its excellent canoeing and fishing. This 4,760 km²(1.18 million acre) park shares its southern border with Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, which is part of the larger Superior National Forest. These large wilderness parks are often collectively referred to as the Boundary Waters or the Quetico-Superior country.
We (Bill Asprey, Jim Wight, Steve Bender and I) had a great canoe trip to Quetico Park in Ontario as usual (9 days starting 5/24). I have been tied up with another project so I still haven’t had time to get my photos processed, but here’s a teaser from McNiece Lake, our 2nd night. McNiece is famous for it’s old growth red and white pines, a tiny, remote fragment of the pine forests that blanketed the whole upper midwest before logging began in the 1800’s. There was a massive forest fire on this lake several years ago (2007?) but the north side escaped damage.
Steve also got some great shots, including this one of me with a nice smallmouth bass from Yum Yum Lake (it was released–we use barbless hooks). Note squashed mosquito on my cheek. That’s a Heddon Zara Puppy top water plug. Catching smallmouth on topwater lures at 6:30 AM in a gentle rain on Yum Yum Lake–is this heaven or what?.
Gerry Eskin’s exhibition, “SCALE: Ceramic Forms and Photographic Landscapes”, opened June 5 at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa. Eskin is adjunct professor of art and art history at the University of Iowa and maintains homes and studios in Iowa City and Aspen, Colorado. All photos ©2010 by Mark Tade.