Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Barnacle Bill...

Barnacles are in all coastal ecosystems. In a low tide you will see blankets of these fellows on every rock. They also attach themselves to docks and bottoms of boats, here the fellows are trying to remove them.
The Barnacles are an important link in the food chain, one of their predators are the 'Starfish'
We enjoyed seeing some of the natural ocean life along the shores of all of the provinces we visited, will show more in another post.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A pretty area...part 2

While Peggy's Cove is a spot to remember by itself, the fishing areas nearby are just as beautiful... I was absolutely blown away with the scenery of the boats and buildings near by.

A pretty area..part 1

in Nova Scotia, Canada, is of course, Peggy's Cove. You cannot visit the Atlantic provinces without a trip to this lighthouse. It is a beautiful spot and especially to photo buffs !! :)
Mardy was not to be left out...

The waters below beat against the rocks and is mesmerizing..

Another attraction at Peggy's Cove, was our puppy-girl, everyone fussed over her and she loved it..

Do you want to know a secret...

Love the coloring on this couple !! I have never seen coloring like this, the black strip along the mane is so different. Wonder what kind of horses they are? Update...the breed of these horses are "Norwegian Fjord"...a small but very strong breed from Norway.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A bridge to remember...

The Confederation Bridge crosses the Northumberland Strait and joins P.E.I. and New Brunswick in the Eastern region of Canada.
It is 12.9 Km (8 miles) long and is the longest bridge over ice covered water in the world.
The Speed limit is 80 Km. an hour so takes about 10 minutes to cross.
It is actually quite neat to travel over it.
It is a toll bridge, but you do not pay 'entering' P.E.I. but you do, on your return to N.B. Amount depends on the total number of axles on your vehicle, truck and trailer etc.
The weather is monitored regularly too, and if conditions aren't favorable, certain vehicles are not allowed until the conditions improve.

A solemn remembrance...

The winding walkway up to the Swissair disaster Monument..

A beautiful remembrance and memorial to the people who lost their lives and those who helped in the aftermath..

The waters crash against the rocks below..

This is a zoomed in shot of Peggy's Cove to the left of the monument area.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Postcard possibility...

In Mahone Bay N.S. the '3 churches' are a very popular photo opportunity and the biggest landmark in this quaint town.
Just happened the day we were there, this fellow chose to have a nap in his truck ( in front of church on the left) :)

Sunday, July 18, 2010

A few from..

Our Whale watching tour at St.Andrews N.B.
we enjoyed seeing the seals, dolphins playing in the water and especially the whales,
it was too early in the season to see the Humpbacks, but we weren't disappointed seeing the
Finbacks and Minke.

Friday, July 16, 2010

An enjoyable tour..

While in Cape Breton Island, we took a 3 hour Puffin tour over to Bird Island.
It was a breezy day and the boat was always moving but I managed to get some memorable shots. The seals were sunbathing on the rocks and frolicking in the water around us.

The Puffins are such a cute bird, but very quick, in flight, diving for fish constantly, so fun to watch.

The Comorants were plentiful, the captain told us, they open their wings like this, to dry them.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

A few from...

The Cabot Trail in Cape Breton Island..what scenery !
Winding, hilly roads, beautiful took us almost 8 hours to do the complete trail,
up one side and around and down and back to our campground very close to the start of the trail. We were stopping continually at lookouts and just to breathe in the ocean air, I will never forget the smell of the ocean, in all provinces, it was a highlight to me in itself !!

A 'Lighthouse' to remember..

I found this McDonalds In Nova Scotia, so facinating, built years ago in the shape of the Lighthouses of the area. While taking the pictures, the manager came out to chat with me.
I guess he realized I was a tourist. While telling him how cool I though the building was, he informed me, that it was slated to be tore down and replaced in a few months. McDonalds, he explained want all the stores to 'look the same'...what a shame !

Postage paid..

Our mailboxes in Ontario, are pretty basic 'red'...but... not so in Nova Scotia...postal codes all over...neat !!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A very popular spot to visit..

In Hopewell Cape, near Moncton, in the Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick is the Hopewell Rocks also called the flowerpot rocks. These are rock formations caused by tidal erosion.
Depending on the time of day, you are able to walk down on the beach and enjoy the rocks and ocean.

And 6 short hours later the tide comes in surrounding the rocks with neat to see !!
When the tide is out you can actually walk quite aways down the beach and enjoy !

A definite 'must see' while in New Brunswick, Canada...