• Watermark
    Balsam Lake, ON - Matthew Walmsley

My watermark is in Balsam Lake which is both part of the Kawartha Lakes and the Trent-Severn Waterway in Ontario.

My most memorable experience at this waterbody is going to the beach as a child and mixing together water and sand in my plastic green pail. Using my hands I would scoop the slurry mix and toss it in the air. The water and sand gave the droplets a special weight that when they fell back down shone with the light from the sun.

I loved to watch the globes of mud spinning together or breaking apart as they moved higher and higher. My eyes would track until the last possible moment when I would squeeze my eyes shut, snap my head forward and let the cascade of droplets fall on my head.



Waterbody
Balsam Lake, ON

Watersheds

Contributed By
Matthew Walmsley

Collected By
Matthew Walmsley

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