Pretty Slick! by Mike Oxley

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Guindon Park Ski Trails, Cornwall, Ontario, Canada
October 11, 2010

I was wandering the trails today and came across a tiny stream, probably the result of all the rain we’ve had the past couple of weeks. At one point, I noticed a bit of a rainbow, so I went for a closer look. It appeared that there was a little bit of oil or gas on the surface of the water, not an unusual find in this once industrialized town and the park does happen to be right beside the hydro-electic dam. There are also some natural seepages of some type that have this effect, too.

Just in case, however, I started tracing the stream to its source, thinking that there might have been something dumped (that wouldn’t be a surprise) that should be reported. As I walked further along, I thought I heard a discordant singing coming faintly through the trees. I reached a clearing and this is the sight that met my eyes. A wee troll having its bi-annual bath before the cold weather really sets in. I should have known.

Here she is. Told me her name was Grace Slick, but I didn’t quite believe her….

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  • Fred Mitchell
    Fred Mitchellover 4 years ago

    Great story and shot to go with it.

  • Many thanks, Fred. Just having a little fun!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadeover 4 years ago

    Oh, you character!! I should have seen that coming.

    It is a pretty slick. I used to look at gas on water when I was a kid and think it was the prettiest thing on earth. I remember it from a dirt driveway near the garage.

  • Hehehehe! Much appreciated, Kay, and thanks for the “fave”, too! I thought the same thing as a kid. We used to step in the slick and make “rainbow” foot prints.

    – Mike Oxley

  • Brenda Dow
    Brenda Dowover 4 years ago

    Smiling, Mikey…… I can actually see a face looking downward on the bottom left of your image…. I thought that was what you were talking about….. and the dotted place just to the right of the head…. I thought that was a lovely fish / seahorse… you have a puzzle here……. what else can we see? Intriguing…………..
    and your troll doesn’t like the water???? Very cute!!!!!
    Miz Brendy

  • Many thanks, Miz Brendy! Lots going on in the main pic, things I didn’t see until I uploaded it. And my ladyfriend is not overly enthused about baths. Once every two years, whether she needs it or not! Grace Slick? More like Exxon Valdez……

    – Mike Oxley

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaover 4 years ago

    Great story, lmao!

  • Thanks, Al! Glad I raised a wee smile! :o)

    – Mike Oxley

  • Lynn  Gibbons
    Lynn Gibbonsover 4 years ago

    Great shot

  • Much appreciated, Lynn! Just having some fun on a beauty fall day!

    – Mike Oxley

  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...over 4 years ago

    good one Mike

  • Cheers, Dave! Glad you got a little chuckle. Funnily enough, I always did wonder where these little oil slicks came from. I guess I was influenced by the opening credits of “The Beverly Hillbillies”!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersover 4 years ago

    lol . . .

  • Many thanks, Hugh! “A warped mind is a terrible thing to waste (or let loose on the unsuspecting public)” :o)

    – Mike Oxley

  • Sandra Cockayne
    Sandra Cockayneover 4 years ago

    Nice one Mike – very funny, I wondered where that was leading to!! Now I know! S:)x

  • Many thanks, Sandi! Would have had a hard time doing this on a CD!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...over 4 years ago

    Lovely – your lady has lots of company in her bath when you really look into the image – very well done and fantastic read

  • Thanks so very much, GM! I have a tendency to let my imagination run loose at times…..

    – Mike Oxley

  • Malcolm Chant
    Malcolm Chantover 4 years ago
    What a great write up you added to this Mike, it’s these little bits of Oil etc that pollute our natural water causes.
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