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Bon Echo - The Mazinaw

You can’t visit Bon Echo Park without taking a landscape photo of Mazinaw Rock. Thankfully, I have a patient wife who doesn’t mind visiting the same spot every night, at exactly 7:00 p.m., just so I can get a decent photo of the landmark. After being twice thwarted by a boring overcast sky, the clouds finally broke for a few minutes allowing me to get this shot.


For those not familiar with the Mazinaw, these 100 meter cliffs served as a sort of sacred graffiti site for the aboriginal Algonquin people. The rock face is littered with over 250 pictographs reckoned to be anywhere from 400 to 900 years old. It’s also an acoustically pleasing geographic feature as anything yelled at it will be echoed back across the lake at you (hence the name “Bon” or “Good” Echo). Watching people shout their names (or for the uncreative just the word “echo”) at a big pile of rocks does at least provide some amusement while you’re waiting for the light to change.


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Taken on July 19, 2010