Friday, August 17, 2007

pictures from beautiful Manitoulin Island

Manitoulin means spirit island in the Ojibwe language.
The island was a sacred place for the native Anishinaabe people
who were Ojibwe, Odawa and Potawatomi.
Manitoulin Island is the world's largest freshwater lake island.
With an area of 2,766 km² (1,068 square miles), it is the 174th largest island in the world, and Canada's 31st largest island. Part of Ontario, Canada, the island separates the larger part of Lake Huron to its south and west from Georgian Bay to its east and the North Channel to the north. Manitoulin Island itself has 108 freshwater lakes, some of which have their own islands; in turn a few of these "islands within islands" have their own ponds.
Die Insel Manitoulin liegt im Huronsee und gehört zur kanadischen Provinz Ontario. Sie ist mit 2766 km² größer als Luxemburg und die größte in einem Süßwassersee gelegene Insel der Erde (Binneninsel). Im Jahr 2001 hatte sie 10.603 Einwohner (Quelle), das entspricht einer Bevölkerungsdichte von etwa 4 Einw./km².
Auf der Insel gibt es insgesamt über 80 Seen, von denen einige wiederum kleine Inseln enthalten. Die historische Inselstadt Manitowaning, gegründet 1837, war die erste europäische Siedlung auf der Insel.
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...from Manitoulin Island

Pink flowers are called Joe Pye weed.
This plant is thought to be named after an Indian named Joe Pye who used it to cure fever.

Golden Rod and Joe Pye weed.

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.
There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature—
the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.-

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