Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Aidie Creek Winter Coming (oil on canvas 12 x 16) Sold

31 October 2014 found me watching rhythms in the rushing water of Aidie Creek at Highway 11, 9.5 km north north-west of Englehart. The air was calm and new snow clung to branches, whitening the leaf litter and melting on the rocks.

In May of 2002 Fred and I stopped briefly here, taking note of the lovely rapids, but since we were hurrying up to cover our Cochrane area study site for the James Bay Expedition it was a short visit, with a shelly drift sample and photos of the low stepped falls. This time again our stop was brief, as we were headed south along Highway 11 to a meeting of the Ontario Rivers Alliance in North Bay.

We pulled into the entrance to the picnic area just upstream of the Highway 11 bridge, and toured the extensive network of laneways among the rocks and trees, to find a spot to park near the river. We
passed a lovely natural arrangement of Virgin's Bower (Clematis virginiana) sporting its ivory puffballs among the long curving boughs of a Spruce,  rising from a scramble of Dogwood glowing with carmine stems, and Rose bushes bejewelled with scarlet hips.

Close up, the river was breathtaking, rushing between banks freshly decorated with early snow, the water is coffee-with-cream coloured from being both dystrophic & clayey. I stepped carefully down the rocky bank to get as close as I could, choosing to focus directly across to include the near stones, the enchanting patterns of rollicking water, and the far bank, graced with lilting snow-tipped Spruces shading the snow beneath to violet.

Fred appears, having collected his hopeful drift sample (mostly Larch needles, but may contain tiny snail shells) from water-swept Carex & Reed Canary Grass just northwest of the bridge, and we promptly departed, rueing that dates on the calendar are always closer than they appear, and hoping that the photos, notes, and drift specimen that we'd taken  may help to describe this lovely wild river, a kilometre and a half downstream from the Transcanada pipeline's crossing.

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  1. A previous visit here, on 14 May 2002: Took photos of granite roadcut with lichens & spruces at Aide River, north of Englehart, and also the low, stepped falls of the River itself, west of the highway from a white sandbar with red stemmed Dogwood bushes. Fred collected some drift and took a waypoint. There is a nice picnic site, still closed for the season.

    - specimens to Robert Forsyth - December 2010.

    Canada: Ontario: Cochrane District: Lat/Long: 47.90250° N, 079.95024° W Locality: Englehart: 9.5 km NNW of Hwy 560: Aidie Creek Remarks: Falls of rocky/sandy brook at picnic area; sparse drift concentrated in isolated patches above highway
    FieldNo: FWS 2002/092/a
    Sphaerium striatinum (Lamarck, 1818) 1 Not in collection
    7493 Cochlicopa lubrica (Müller 1774) 14 dry shells
    7492 Vertigo bollesiana (Morse 1865) 3 dry shells
    7491 Zonitoides nitidus (Müller 1774) 4 dry shells
    7490 Zoogenetes harpa (Say 1824) 6 dry shells
    7489 Vallonia pulchella (Müller 1774) 12 dry shells

    "This is probably the first drift sample with Zoogenetes harpa in it, but since most of your drift is from farther south in Ontario, this boreal forest snail would not be expected from those."