Our Georgian Bay cottage is on an island - not just any island, though - it is a rocky island with windswept white pine trees surrounded by sparkling blue water. All the trees have been shaped by the constant winds from the west and their branches bend around to the leeward side. There is one tree, however, that is particularily knarled and deformed. It's rugged beauty has made it one of our favourite trees.
We're not the only ones who admire the rocky landscape of Georgian Bay. The Group of Seven - a group of Canadian landscape painters that painted in the 1920s - often painted the Georgian Bay scenery. They visited camps and cottages at Go Home Bay (just south of our cottage) and Bying Inlet (just north of our cottage) and painted the rocky islands and windswept trees similar to the ones we have at our cottage. The paintings below especially remind me of our island.
"Bying Inlet" by Tom Thomson
"Split Rock, Georgian Bay" by Tom Thomson
"Stormy Weather, Georgian Bay" by Fred Varley