And this week I had two further adventures, always learning a bit more. First, a fellow photographer and I flew over the watershed! I chartered a small plane out of Owen Sound, scheduled the trip for a sunny morning with little wind, and off we went.
I've written previously about Wodehouse Karst, where the stream that originates in these springs normally drains into sinkholes three miles downstream, generating major springs below the escarpment. But in the spring flood it overflows the sinkholes and flows further south, creating both a temporary lake and a temporary waterfall at Bowles Gully in the Beaver Valley Ski Club.
Wodehouse owes its name to the post office. The next-nearest post office in the village of Kimberley was named after the Earl of Kimberley, who was John Wodehouse, 3rd Baron Wodehouse (and at one time Secretary of State for the Colonies). They chose the Earl's family name when they opened a new post office at Wodehouse. I've always understood it should be pronounced 'Woodhouse'.
We really enjoyed our flight, but looking at the pictures now I realize that I need to go back and fly it in the summer when the water is at a normal level to show the contrast! Over the next few days I'm going to draw on pictures I've taken over the past ten years or so, to try and tell you the entire story of Wodehouse Creek and the Karst.