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Mark Patton and I were up and out to the Grande Chute on the Dumoine River very early as was our custom. This was his 47th birthday. No one else was stirring and we were all alone at the bridge. The fog and mist were still very heavy after the overnight rains.
This is the view where the Dumoine spills over the last ledge before entering the torrent of the waterfall. The canoe take out for trippers was on the far west bank between a couple of large rocks on the shoreline. Canoeists would not want to venture beyond that exit. Paddlers would also be well advised to stay west of Goat Island. If they took the eastern branch of the Dumoine around Goat Island there was no option but to take the falls.
Apparently Goat Island was so named because early settlers thought that they would like some fresh milk. Goats left on the island would quickly learn that there was no way off and the shepherd would know where to find their livestock. The herd of goats and the goat milk supply did not last for long though. Apparently wolves in the neighbourhood also liked the goats.
The oils were starting to get a bit stiff but I like the effect on the canvas so I used them anyway.
October 30th, 2018
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