Monday 20 July 2009

Sounds of silence

There was a big accident Saturday morning. OPP helicopter, three sirens. I shudder when I hear them. Our First Responders do such a good job, but it must be difficult.

Across the province things are happening:
Kanata hit-and-run leaves five cyclists in serious to critical condition (Ottawa)

Then we heard a Military Helicopter. Rehearsal for G8?

The lake, our local transportation route, was a busy one this weekend. Some view it as an Autobahn, with no speed limit. Poor Eva & crew suffered from a crossing lake interuptus. She was not amused, nor was I. An oversized, speeding boat, screaming across the lake at warp 1, suddenly spotted them in front. I only exaggerate a little. She hustled her non-flying brood to our sheltered bay. It kept the brood on their toes, literally, as they ran across the top of the water. Their wings are developing, and they have been practicing with them, but they cannot fly and escape.

The craft slowed when they noticed the goose and goslings, but she is a big girl, do they not watch where they are going? I know that this is how accidents happen, when a PWC comes screaming around a corner and suddenly encounters another craft, for example. It is so reckless. Why do these machines need to go so fast?
Drive carefully and safely, somebody out there loves you.

This is the time when violence is not strength, compassion is not weakness.
--King Arthur, Camelot

Wee goslings - feeding by the lake on a rainy day.


Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I don't know about Canada but down here in OK USA some people seem to think that they don't have to answer to anyone about their behavior on the lake. Plus you throw in alcohol and it makes a bad combination.

Jenn Jilks said...

You are exactly right, Yogi. It is the same here. It is discouraging, frustrating and scary. My family (who built and owned cottages nearby) have sold them, due to the increased traffic and lack of respect for neighbours. You should read my Fireworks post, or the comment another local resident posted.It is criminal behaviour.

EG CameraGirl said...

Something is in the air...and not just small planes and helicopters. We've had a few flying overhead at low altitudes. I wonder what they're looking for.

Jenn Jilks said...

I know they've been doing rehearsals for G8 in 2010.

Also, they've been doing a lot of aerial radars.

Plus we have had a number of accidents that have required transportation to Toronto hospitals.

So very scary, EG.

Lorac said...

We have the same problems on our lake. It used to be, that all respected the other cottagers but not now. I think there should be limitations of the boat sizes on lakes. One of our biggest problems is the wake that hits our boats and docks. We are down by the marina so have a lot of traffic. People coming down form the big lake have no respect for the cottages they have to pass and create huge wakes. Rabbit Blanket Lake? By Kenora?

Carolyn said...

Mother Nature in the form of the ocean manages to keep the boat traffic in place but our challenge is our beautiful beaches and the summer influx of visitors who bring their ATV's. Again no respect others or for the fragility of the living dunes.
I really don't get mankind!
Be safe and blessings.

Marju said...

Truly wonderful pictures here!

Mark Kreider said...

In my gut I hate PWCs and the people that use them. I think they should only be used for water rescue.