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Sawbill Newsletter Archives: August 2013
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8/30/13 - The Towner family has a deep connection to Sawbill, going back to the 1940s. Last year, four Towner brothers, who spent many happy weeks at Sawbill in their youth, reunited for a canoe trip up to Cherokee Lake. Bill Towner recently sent a picture of a lovely portrait that he painted. - Bill

Bill, Bob, Mark and Josef Towner on Cherokee Lake.

8/29/13 - As fans of the moist weather we've been enduring, many juvenile American Toads have been inhabiting the area. An adult male and female American Toad can produce anywhere from 2,000 to 20,000 fertilized eggs at a time. She will lay them carefully in gelatinous strings in her laying site. After 2 weeks, tadpoles will hatch. And after 6-10 more weeks, they will metamorphose into toadlets. Thousands will emerge from the laying site. So if you're planning to pay Sawbill a visit anytime soon, watch your step for the many camouflaged toads! - Nicole


8/28/13 - Here are the Cook County West End News clips from the last two weeks on WTIP, North Shore Community Radio. - Bill

West End News for 8/22/13.

West End News for 8/15/13.

8/27/13 - Here are few fun photos that we've received lately.

Nat Williams, from Chicago, proudly holds his first lake trout, caught in a lake near Sawbill.

Erin Threlkeld sent along this photo of the Kelso River dolmen. Some scholars have theorized that the dolmen is an ancient navigation marker, placed by Celtic explorers in the 5th century B.C. Apparently, the ancient explorers didn't notice that they squished Erin and her friends...

By popular request, here is a recent picture of Hank, Sawbill's deputy security trainee. This picture was taken during an "Orange" security alert, which means there has been significant chatter detected between known squirrels. Hank is vigilant, as always.

8/27/13 - There have been quite a few beautiful caterpillars around lately. - Nicole

This guy was found crawling around on some tents and tarps!

This is a leaf that a caterpillar made a good meal out of.

8/25/13 - Tim Petricek has always been a lucky guy. He catches big fish and has great wildlife sightings, many of which he captures on his camera. His luck may be influenced by the fact that he spends so much of his time in the woods around Sawbill, visiting at least three or four times every season. - Bill

Tim Petricek, from Racine, Wisconsin, holding a recent muskie catch from a lake near Sawbill. He quickly and gently returned this beauty to the water. Photo by Charles Petricek.

An osprey looks for its own muskie. Photo by Tim Petricek.

A doe swims across a lake near Sawbill. Photo by Tim Petricek.

08/21/13 - While we all agree that the Boundary Waters is largely comprised of blue skies, great campsites, good fishing, and abundant wildlife, it does have its seamier side. Take this little fellow, for example, that landed on the office window screen apparently checking in to see if there were any permits left for Labor Day Weekend (there aren't many)!

A large brown bat.

And then there's this lovely moment showing a mother garter snake instructing her offspring in the finer points of consuming a toad... whole.

They say... once on the lips, forever on the hips... unless, of course, you're a garter snake.

-Cindy Lou

08/19/13 - We were lucky enough to be visited by the Cook County Explorer's Club last week. The group of 21 children is led by Melissa Wickwire and is based out of Grand Marais. Swimming and canoeing fun was had by all! -Meg

Adventure in the making.

08/17/13 - Terry Olson, a retired Forest Service technician from the area, flew over Sawbill in his float plane the other day from Finland, Minnesota. He made a quick stop to visit us at the outfitters and offered the crew the opportunity to check out his mode of transportation. What an unusual sight to see at the end of the Forest Service dock!
- Meg

A beautiful plane in a beautiful setting.

8/14/13 - While we are usually hard at work sending customers into the wilderness, occasionally we get the chance to sneak away on trips of our own. Here are a few pictures captured on various trips by Sawbill crew members throughout the summer. Enjoy! -Jessica

Laura took this picture earlier this summer while paddling between Square and Kawasachong lakes. Notice the charred remains from the Pagami Creek fire.

Laura, Ana, Joe and I paddled Brule lake just before sunset late last week.

Carl and Crista recently got back from a trip they took with their friends, Baily and Cory. This picture was taken from a lookout point adjacent to their campsite on Brule lake.

8/12/13 - One of our favorite customers, Hanna Zmijewska-Emerson, came up for a canoe trip over the weekend and shared this great picture of a cluster of ghost flowers. These flowers lack chlorophyll (hence the lack of color) and are known by a variety of names including; corpse plant, Indian pipe, and fairy smoke. Because these flowers can't produce energy using chlorophyll they need to get it through other means. Over time they have formed a relationship with fungus. Fungal roots relays energy from the roots of trees to the roots of the ghost flower. It is usually safe to assume that an abundance of ghost flowers in July and August will lead to an abundance of mushrooms in late summer and fall. -Jessica

Ghost flowers found on a canoe trip out of the Baker lake entry point.

8/9/13 - Every year the Sawbill Babes and Boys get treated to a night out courtesy of Bill and Cindy. This year the Boys camped on Brule lake for a night. They enjoyed a stellar sunset off of an overlook located near their campsite, of course they didn't bring a camera, and feasted on brats cooked over the fire (very manly). The Babes on the other hand were treated to an afternoon in Grand Marais where we enjoyed the shops and outstanding food. -Jessica

Sawbill Babes enjoying fine dining at the Angry Trout in Grand Marais.

8/9/13 - Here is this week's edition of the Cook County West End News from WTIP, North Shore Community Radio. - Bill

8/6/13 - Lately a few of us have become novice cloud watchers after reading Gavin Pretor-Pinney's book, The Cloudspotter's Guide: The Science, History, and Culture of Clouds. After beginning this guide to the skies, I noticed I have been spending much more time admiring clouds than in the past. As a result we have built up quite the collection of cloud related photographs. Joe, Britta, and I compiled a small collection of our favorite photos from the last few months. -Jessica

I took this picture a few weeks ago. It features pink Cirrus clouds, likely at an altitude between 35 to 45 thousand feet, along with fluffy Cumulus clouds at a much lower altitude.

Britta captured a towering Cumulonimbus cloud looming in the distance. Sandwiched between it and a Cumulus cloud on the right, floats a Cirrus cloud composed entirely of ice crystals.

This possible shelf cloud passed through just before a thunderstorm that brought nearly 4 inches of rain, over one night's time, just less than a month ago. Shelf clouds are usually associated with multicell or supercell storms. Photo by Britta.

Joe took this picture of the bottom of a Cumulonimbus shortly after the shelf cloud was spotted.

Finally, Nils took this picture of a double rainbow just as the sun was setting after a rainstorm. Notice how it is brighter within the bow than outside of it. Also the outer rainbow is in reverse order of colors than the primary one.

8/5/13 - Here is this week's edition of the Cook County West End News from WTIP, North Shore Community Radio. - Bill

8/4/13 - Resident photographer Carl Hansen snapped a few pictures of Phoebe closely examining this Gray Treefrog on the deck behind the store a few days ago. Enjoy! -Jessica

Phoebe and the frog.

A fine specimen of the Gray Treefrog.

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