Category Archives: Nova Scotia

May 2015 Wallpaper

Seafoam Lavender Farm in Seafoam, Nova Scotia
Seafoam Lavender Farm in Seafoam, Nova Scotia

I said I was going to post wallpapers less regularly, and I passed on April.  But I was getting tired of that scene and wanted something springy.  Spring has sprung here in North Carolina, although the usual spring-almost-summer temperatures haven’t decided to stay yet.  We’re still in that “heat in the morning, AC in the afternoon” stage that usually ends in April.  That’s OK with me!

There isn’t a lot of lavender here in North Carolina.  This is a lavender field in Seafoam, Nova Scotia from a few years back.  I’ve been reliving 2013 lately and this seemed like a good candidate to occupy my desktop for a while.  I hope it goes well on yours, too if  you are so inclined.

Peggy’s Cove

Peggy's Cove Lighthouse, Peggy,s Cove, Nova Scotia
Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse, Peggy,s Cove, Nova Scotia

I’m still working on Nova Scotia photos…hoping to come up with 12 that are calendar-worthy. Not that I don’t think I can find 12, I just don’t want to find the perfect one after it’s too late!

Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia
Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia

Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia is a real tourist destination, and for good reason.  It’s a beautiful location, has a little history, it’s got a lighthouse, a bunch of boats and a quaint little harbor.  The day we were there is was relatively uncrowded and the weather was beautiful.  And even in the middle of the day, the light was fantastic.

Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia
Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia

The biggest challenge for me in photographing a place like this is deciding whether I want people in my shots or not.  I like people just fine, but I don’t always want to include them in my photos of a quintessential maritime fishing village!  Sometimes I just need to be patient, and other times I just need to accept that there will be people! 🙂

Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia
Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia

Another thing that works well is to photograph someplace that people are less likely to be, like the edge of a dock.  Most people don’t like to spend time in the water in places like this.

Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia
Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia

And they don’t let people climb the lighthouse, inside or out. 

Peggy's Cove Lighthouse, Peggy,s Cove, Nova Scotia
Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse, Peggy,s Cove, Nova Scotia

 Nobody cares about old boats laying in a field. 

Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia
Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia

 I had to wait on this one.

Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia
Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia

 And another one from where the people don’t go.

Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia
Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia

 

 

Hall’s Harbour, Nova Scotia

Low Tide at Hall's Harbour, Nova Scotia
Low Tide at Hall’s Harbour, Nova Scotia

Home of the largest tidal change of anyplace on the planet, the Bay of Fundy was probably the Number One Must-See location for all of us on our recent visit to Nova Scotia.

High Tide, Hall's Harbour, Nova Scotia
High Tide, Hall’s Harbour, Nova Scotia

There are many places to experience the tidal change, depending on what you want to see. Most people want to see the highest vertical change, there are places where the horizontal change is very large, and there are a few places where you can experience a tidal “bore,” where a river actually reverses direction as the tide comes in and heads into a narrow inlet such as the mouth of a river.

Waiting for The Tide, Hall's Harbour, Nova Scotia
Waiting for The Tide, Hall’s Harbour, Nova Scotia

The so-called tidal bore can be pretty exciting in the right place at the right times, but generally requires the right astronomical conditions, such as a full moon, to really experience anything more than a ripple.

Low Tide at Hall's Harbour, Nova Scotia
Low Tide at Hall’s Harbour, Nova Scotia

We experience pretty large horizontal tidal changes along the east coast at places like Hilton Head, where the beach “disappears” at high tide but is enormously wide at low tide.  Been there, done that!  We decided that the way we wanted to see the tidal change was to experience the vertical change, since this is what the Bay of Fundy is really known for.  In my opinion the tidal bore is more of a tourist thing.  Others will undoubtedly have their own opinion, and that’s dandy.

Tide coming in, boats starting to float.  Hall's Harbour, Nova Scotia
Tide coming in, boats starting to float. Hall’s Harbour, Nova Scotia

The highest tides on planet Earth occur at a place called Burncoat Head.  The water level at high tide can be as much as 52 feet higher than at low tide.  We stopped there and spent some time, but we were enroute that day and got there at just about high tide.  As a result, there wasn’t a lot to see and we didn’t have time to wait for the tide to recede.  Even with the amount of change, it can sometimes take a couple of hours to really notice the difference.  So we moved on, and the next day visited our planned destination to watch the tides, Hall’s Harbour.

Tide coming in, boats starting to float.  Hall's Harbour, Nova Scotia
Tide coming in, boats starting to float. Hall’s Harbour, Nova Scotia

About an hour’s drive from our lodging in Wolfville, we arrived at Hall’s Harbour around mid-morning – the time on my first photo says 10:27.  That was right around low tide, so we had a chance to “walk on the ocean floor” as they say, for an hour or more, looking at the fishing boats that literally sit on the ground while the tide is out.  Very fascinating!  Hall’s Harbour is an actual fishing village, with a small restaurant that serves lobster.  LOTS of lobster!  They had lobster dinner, lobster salad and lobster sandwiches, and a great place to sit and enjoy the day.  Our day was picture perfect, as far as weather goes.  We talked to a couple who had been there the day before who said that it was so foggy that they couldn’t see a thing.  So we were just a bit lucky!

High Tide, Hall's Harbour, Nova Scotia
High Tide, Hall’s Harbour, Nova Scotia

Within a few hours, all of the places we had been walking were covered by about 40 feet of water!  It was quite an amazing experience, and a wonderful way to spend the day.

High Tide, Hall's Harbour, Nova Scotia
High Tide, Hall’s Harbour, Nova Scotia

 

 

 

Signs and Such

This Guy Needs More Bumper Stickers, Baddeck, Nova Scotia
This Guy Needs More Bumper Stickers, Baddeck, Nova Scotia

I like to photograph interesting signs and weird stuff.  Here are a few more from Nova Scotia.

I would change "golfing" to photographing, but that's just me.
I would change “golfing” to photographing, but that’s just me.
Facilities. Burncoat Head Park on the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia
Facilities. Burncoat Head Park on the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia
Hall's Harbour, Nova Scotia
Hall’s Harbour, Nova Scotia
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Make An Offer - Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Make An Offer – Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Closed 7:30-ish, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Closed 7:30-ish, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
$10 Charge, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
$10 Charge, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Retired trawler "Cape Sable" on display at the Fisheries Museum
Retired trawler “Cape Sable” on display at the Fisheries Museum
Knock, Knock....  Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia
Knock, Knock…. Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia
Canada...BEER.  Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia
Canada…BEER. Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia
Dr. Weirdbeard, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia
Dr. Weirdbeard, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia
Not one, but TWO, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia
Not one, but TWO, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia
Ice Cream, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia
Ice Cream, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia
Savour The Sea From A Distance, Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia
Savour The Sea From A Distance, Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia
Pedestrians, Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia
Pedestrians, Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia
Seafoam Lavender Farm in Seafoam, Nova Scotia
Seafoam Lavender Farm in Seafoam, Nova Scotia
Bagpiper, Pictou, Nova Scotia
Bagpiper, Pictou, Nova Scotia

People At Work

Moving a very heavy mill stone made somewhat easier with the use of a crane.  Balmoral Grist Mill Museum in Balmoral Mills, Nova Scotia
Moving a very heavy mill stone made somewhat easier with the use of a crane. Balmoral Grist Mill Museum in Balmoral Mills, Nova Scotia

More photos from Nova Scotia….

I sort of half inadvertently developed a series of photographs of people working.  Some more interesting than others, but all with a story or two to tell.

Moving a very heavy mill stone made somewhat easier with the use of a crane.  Balmoral Grist Mill Museum in Balmoral Mills, Nova Scotia
Moving a very heavy mill stone made somewhat easier with the use of a crane. Balmoral Grist Mill Museum in Balmoral Mills, Nova Scotia
Worker repairing a scallop drag, or net, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Worker repairing a scallop drag, or net, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Pouring samples for a tasting. The Glenora Inn and Distillery, Glenville, Nova Scotia
Cassie & Maggie, Celtic duo performing in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Cassie & Maggie, Celtic duo performing in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Retired Captain Hanlon aboard the retired trawler "Cape Sable" on display at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Retired Captain Hanlon aboard the retired trawler “Cape Sable” on display at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Horse-drawn carriage tours were a popular form of sightseeing in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Horse-drawn carriage tours were a popular form of sightseeing in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Captain John Bryson from our sailing cruise aboard the Amoeba on Bras d'Or Lake, Baddeck, Nova Scotia
Captain John Bryson from our sailing cruise aboard the Amoeba on Bras d’Or Lake, Baddeck, Nova Scotia
In this family, everyone does their part.  Neil's Harbour, Nova Scotia
In this family, everyone does their part. Neil’s Harbour, Nova Scotia
Fresh prosciotto at Luckett Vineyard near Grand Pre Nova Scotia
Fresh prosciotto at Luckett Vineyard near Grand Pre Nova Scotia
Our captain watches for whales and other boats, aboard our whale watching cruise with Pirate's Cove Whale Cruises
Our captain watches for whales and other boats, aboard our whale watching cruise with Pirate’s Cove Whale Cruises
Tour guide at the Glenora Inn and Distillery, Glenville, Nova Scotia
Tour guide at the Glenora Inn and Distillery, Glenville, Nova Scotia

 

Shadows, Textures and Details

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

I’ve been running through my Nova Scotia photos looking for themes.  One of the things I typically look for when wandering through a town are little details.  These are a few that I took while we were in Lunenburg.  Most of them were taken on the way to or from breakfast or dinner.  See, photography and dining don’t have to be mutually exclusive! 🙂

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

September Wallpaper

Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia
Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia

Tired of Nova Scotia photos yet?  Good,  ’cause I’m not!

Another photo from our July adventure, the light is what I think makes this photo. The boarded up windows on one side and the hint of color in the other window hint at possibly a difficult past with some hope for  the future.

We saw a lot of buildings with this shake siding, much of it in need of a coat of paint. Probably very durable against the elements despite occasional deferred maintenance.

I hope everyone has an excellent September.

Buoy, That Was Fun!

Neil's Harbour, Nova Scotia
Mmmmm, Red!

Sorry, I couldn’t resist the pun.  Besides, it gives me a great excuse to show photos of…buoys!

More Buoys, No Gulls
More Buoys, No Gulls (Sick, Huh?) Neil’s Harbour, Nova Scotia

 

I’m processing photos as I find ones that interest me.  Sometimes I have words to go with them, and sometimes I don’t.

We saw very few wooden lobster traps still in use.  Most of the wooden ones we saw were along the roadside for sale to tourists.  Neil's Harbour, Nova Scotia
We saw very few wooden lobster traps still in use. Most of the wooden ones we saw were along the roadside for sale to tourists. Neil’s Harbour, Nova Scotia

These are really cliche, of course.  But when you see them you still have to shoot them.  I think there is rule about that.

Kathy's Photo - The more common wire lobster traps.  These were everywhere.
Kathy’s Photo – The more common wire lobster traps. These were everywhere.

I’ve found some photos that are going to require my time and attention to get the look I have in mind, so in the mean time, here are a few Velvia-like photos of fishing stuff.  I hope you enjoy them!

Yellow.  With a misfit!
Yellow. With a misfit!
Oh, and there were ropes!
Oh, and there were ropes!
More red!
More red!

 

 

The Broken Camera Story

Old 5D before the mirror fell off
Old 5D before the mirror fell off

I mentioned in an earlier post about having broken my camera while in Nova Scotia.  Here’s the story.

We were driving around the Grand Pre’ valley late one afternoon, doing some sightseeing in the beautiful light that was so common there.  Driving down a country road, Kathy – the eagle-eyed eagle spotter – spotted this bald eagle perched atop a telephone pole.  I slowed way down to see if I could get a place to pull off, but there were ditches on both sides of the road, and the road was lined with rows of corn, so there was not a lot of choice.

Fortunately, I chanced upon a tractor path that I was able to back into, which gave Bill on the passenger side of the van a good shot out the window.  My camera, of course, was in the back of the van.  Keeping the van between me and the eagle, I was able to work my way around the back, open the door without causing too much of a fuss, and assemble my 70-200 and 2X teleconverter.  He was still a long way off, but that was all I had.

5D Mark III after swapping cameras
5D Mark III after swapping cameras

I’m not sure why I decided to put my old 5D on this lens setup.  I was probably thinking that I didn’t need to use 22 megapixels on what would probably amount to a bunch of sleepy eagle photos, and that 12 megapixels would be plenty.  I just don’t remember.  So, by my count I had taken 34 sleepy eagle photos, he was just sitting there, posing and looking cool.  He would occasionally turn his head to one side or another, but that was about it.  Zzzzzz….

Who turned out the lights? This frame is when the mirror fell of
Who turned out the lights? This frame is when the mirror fell of

On the 35th frame, the camera made a strange clunking sound.  It sounded like the shutter was still open, since I didn’t hear the mirror return to its usual position.  The camera sounded like I had used mirror lockup, just a lot louder.  I turned the camera off, and the mirror – or at least the mirror mechanism – finally came back down.  Looking through the viewfinder it was immediately apparent what happened, but I wasn’t exactly sure why or what was going to happen next.  The mirror had become separated from the mirror-holder-thingie that it attaches to.

The eagle took pity on me and gave me time to swap camera bodies
The eagle took pity on me and gave me time to swap camera bodies

Kathy and our friends up front were still marveling at the eagle and our amazing fortune to find it with such a great place to watch, and I was standing in back of the van saying, “umm, guys?  My camera just broke.”  Fortunately I had the presence of mind to pull off the old body and put my new one on.  Of course all the time I knew the eagle was going to fly off while I didn’t have a working camera in my hands.  Fortunately, he was kind enough to wait for me, and allowed me to get another dozen or so shots off before he flew off.  And I got a couple of decent flight photos.  No prize-winners, but considering the circumstances, not too shabby.

The eagle took pity on me and gave me time to swap camera bodies
The eagle took pity on me and gave me time to swap camera bodies

After I returned home, I packaged the camera up and sent it off to Canon Professional Services for evaluation.  A few days later I received an e-mail stating that they are going to repair the camera at no charge, calling it an “in-warranty repair.”  A friend of mine asked me if it was covered for a period of time or a number of shutter actuations.  I told him that it was covered under an “ain’t suppose to happen” warranty.  I’m still waiting for it to come back, but I expect it shortly.

So that’s the story of the broken camera.  Hopefully there will be a happy ending in a few days.

The eagle took pity on me and gave me time to swap camera bodies
The eagle took pity on me and gave me time to swap camera bodies

More About Balance

Hall's Harbour, Nova Scotia
Hall’s Harbour, Nova Scotia

There were a number of good and thoughtful comments to my previous post about balance.  Some of them related to the visual balance of photography, but mostly the comments seemed to revolve around the time balance involved in making time for photography, and to a lesser extent about time balance in our lives in general.  I find myself more and more preferring to photograph as a part of traveling or doing other things, as opposed to making photography the central purpose of my activity.  There is a subtle but important distinction between the two.  Mostly it just means a change in subject matter, but because I’m photographing things that attract me or grab my attention as I go, I’m more likely to photograph things that have more interest or meaning to me, rather than just going down a checklist or conforming to some predetermined agenda or formula.

(Kathy's Photo) Cunard House in Pictou, Nova Scotia
(Kathy’s Photo) Cunard House in Pictou, Nova Scotia

Cedric’s comment was perhaps the most interesting to me, because he read my words in the context of the accompanying photographs, which were more of a “centered” type of composition.  Relating it to his personal preference for photos that are “grossly one sided across the vertical” he said that he rarely shares that type of photograph, “because generally they are not popular and sometimes rattle people too much.”

My reaction when reading those words was “why does “balanced” have to be “centered?””  If your vision (or your preference) results in a photograph that has the subject off to one side and it pleases you and suits your intention, isn’t that OK?  Balance should be dictated by what works for us in a particular situation and what feels right to us.  In most cases that might mean a result that is closer to the center than to the edge, but it doesn’t have to.

The Glenora Inn and Distillery, Glenville, Nova Scotia
The Glenora Inn and Distillery, Glenville, Nova Scotia

Mark’s comments focused on the parallels between visual and time balance, and the fact that he feels that he has more control over the photographic part than the time part.  I agree, as there are more outside demands on our time than there are on our photographic vision.  I probably would have been perfectly willing to get up at 4am for sunrise a few days, were it not for the fact that our days didn’t leave room for catching up on lost sleep, that daylight went until sunset at 9:00 and that I didn’t want to go home from vacation needing a vacation!  It was a lot easier to convince my traveling companions to head out for sunset than to get up for sunrise, so it was an accommodation I was more than willing to make, even if it meant completely forgoing sunrise.

"Adopt a Lobster" Pictou, Nova Scotia
“Adopt a Lobster” Pictou, Nova Scotia

Paul’s comment referenced my decision to leave the laptop at home, stating that he often does the same when I he travels.  He said that he sometimes goes so far as to leave the camera at home, preferring to remove the “self-pressure to get out and photograph and carve out that time to do it.”  I’ve found that, too.  Sometimes I just want to go and watch, to experience whatever it is I’m doing for what it is.  I don’t need to capture it with a camera if I see it, experience it and remember it.  There is a time and place for the camera, and there is a time and place to just watch.

Hooked - Hall's Harbour, Nova Scotia
Hooked – Hall’s Harbour, Nova Scotia

As it relates to photographic composition, I’m convinced that “balance” doesn’t have to mean “middle.”  I’d love to see some of Cedric’s “unbalanced-balanced” photographs.  I’ll bet we would love them, mostly because they would reflect his vision and are made from his heart.  On the subject of time, some of us choose and are able to spend all of our waking hours doing photography.  That’s great.  If others of us are only able to carve out a few hours a day or a week for our photography, that’s just the other end of the continuum and is OK, too.  When I’m faced with a choice between a nice dinner with my sweetie and a possible sunset opportunity, more often than not I’m going to choose the nice dinner.  Except for those rare times of the year when I can do both!  Several of us have given up television in exchange for more time doing other things.  If that’s a decision that works for us, then that’s OK.  If I post dozens of photos a day to my blog or Facebook while Paul leaves the computer at home and each choice works for us, that’s cool.

Waiting for The Tide, Hall's Harbour, Nova Scotia
Waiting for The Tide, Hall’s Harbour, Nova Scotia

I think the main lesson in all of this discussion and conversation is that balance means different things to each of us.  What is balanced to me may be nothing but tension for someone else.  And what someone else finds comfortable might be like chaos for me.  And you know what?  That’s part of what makes this life so wonderful!  Each of us has our own take on what works, for the most part we have the ability and the means to express it, and in the end what matters is that what we do makes us happy.  If we are able to share our work and make a few other people smile in the process, that is just gravy!

The Glenora Inn and Distillery, Glenville, Nova Scotia
The Glenora Inn and Distillery, Glenville, Nova Scotia