Andrew Atkin, Tall Pine Island Aquatic Garden, 2020, Stone, indigenous riparian plants, Guardener Anchors

With increased boat traffic on Lake Muskoka shoreline habitats have struggled to survive. The rock walls, pathways and pens are built to help foster the delicate shoreline flora and fauna, sheltering them from the relentless waves. Inspired by indigenous resource management techniques from around the world the rock structures aim to not only protect the shoreline ecosystem but make it flourish.

Small mouth bass and new born babies in the rock pen.

Week old rock mouth bass schooling in the pens.

Lily pads establishing their roots in the safety of the rock pen.

Sunfish, perch and a young small mouth bass sheltering in the sunken logs and weeds.

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