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Publisher - Sept 23

The season is changing. The hot sunny days of July and August have cooled into more moderate temperatures that have brought us almost through September. Having spent the last week at the lake, I woke each sunny day to see a different picture-perfect shoreline view. The paper birch leaves were turning from forest green to brilliant yellow. Each day the shoreline became more golden.

The white pines began turning their needles to yellow. Strong southwest winds on Sunday and Monday brought a constant dropping of brown needles from both the red and white pines. The needles landing on our tin roof sounded like a steady light rain. The ground is being covered again by those needles. It is part of nature’s way of protecting the root systems of all the coniferous trees on the island.

Brilliant red maples stand out against the vibrant yellows on the shores. They are not many, but they make an impact standing like lone sentinels on the shoreline.

We had a unique experience on Friday evening. My brother in law and I were fishing earlier that day and we put the fish guts out on the point and were expecting to attract an eagle with the remains of the two walleye we caught. To our surprise, two juvenile bald eagles and four mature eagles all came to dine. On occasion we have seen two or three birds, but never had we watched six large eagles all sharing the two carcasses of fish. It lasted only for ten minutes before everything was cleaned up and the eagles disappeared.

My sister in law was amazed at the size of the eagles especially when they glided and soared above our heads showing their mastery of acrobatic flying.

Three reappeared Saturday evening along with sea gulls and ravens.

As I look to the end of September, I realize that it will soon be time to begin the process of closing the cabin. In the spring you come to a cabin that is barren of food stuffs. Over the course of the summer you increase the stock in cupboards and the freezer always seeming to bring more than you will need in case a guest arrives. Come fall all the extra cans, snacks and frozen meat must be packed up and returned to town. It is that time of year to close cabins across the district. I noticed that several boats are no longer packed at the marina.

Houseboats were being taken from the water and made ready for winter. We too will be closing the cabin in the next couple of weeks and then pulling our boat. The five months of cabin season will have ended waiting for the seven non-cabin months to begin and we will count each passing month to get closer to the cabin season of the next year.