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Kahshe River Sunrise I.back | by etherflyer
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Kahshe River Sunrise I.back

Highway 11 was once known as the Muskoka Road. According to the historic plaque at this picnic site:

 

“During the 1850's and 1860's the government attempted to open up the districts lying north of the settled townships by means of "Colonization Roads". Free land was offered to persons who would settle along the route, clear a stated acreage and help maintain the road. In 1858 construction began on a road from Washago to the interior of Muskoka. R.J. Oliver was appointed the government land agent at the Severn Bridge and directed the progress of the settlement. The road was completed to the site of Bracebridge by 1861 and the adjacent bushland formed into the townships of Morrison, Muskoka, Draper and Macaulay.”

 

I was driving along Highway 11 looking admiring the colours and trying to find a safe spot to stop and take a picture. I eneded up driving past this picnic site and just parking on the side of the road — got wet feet hiking back, but I think it was worth it!

 

This High Dynamic Range panorama was stitched from 18 bracketed images with PTGUI Pro, tone-mapped with Photomatix, and touched up in Aperture.

 

Original size: 9403 × 5125 (48.2 MP; 72 MB).

 

Location: south of Gravenhurst along Highway 11, Ontario, Canada

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Taken on October 9, 2011