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The Picture Province

Years ago Tourism New Brunswick used the slogan “Canada’s Picture Province”. Somewhere along the line that slogan was dropped in favour of several variations that essentially said nothing nor gave any reason to stop in what had become Canada’s pass-through province. Tourists on their way to Nova Scotia or Prince Edward Island rush through on the lovely 4-lane Trans Canada highway and  are rarely enticed to top and see what we proudly have to offer.

I had visitors from British Columbia today. It was a pleasure to finally meet ‘new’ cousins that I’d been chatting with on Facebook but had never actually meant. Knowing that I am a keen photographer, they asked if I had any poster or prints for sale and it suddenly dawned on me that I rarely showcase those items. So, I’ve created two galleries – one featuring the Fundy Shore from Cape Enrage through Alma and to St. Martins and the Fundy Trail. The second features my home territory in Picadilly, Sussex and around Kings County and its rural lifestyle. I hope you will check out my Maritime Memories galleries for a look at a few of the reasons why this province IS indeed Canada’s Picture Province.

On the Fundy Trail

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Summer sliding to an end

What a day it has been!

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Summer is sliding to an end – and ever so gracefully. Joel and I had a lovely day today enjoying the sunny, but slightly cooler, day. We drove over the hills through #FundyNationalPark and stopped in Alma. Once again the tide was out but I chose to play with my 20mm wide-angle lens to capture some images of life at the bottom of the bay.

Then we headed off to Riverside-Albert for a visit with my soon-to-be 98-year-old Aunt Annie (Wright). My cousin Bluette joined us for the visit and Annie seemed thrilled to have the visit. At her advanced age her mind is still sharp – and so is her wit!

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The day wasn’t over yet! Our next stop was a visit to our new puppy, Harley, in Shepody at Sportsman Standard Poodles. At 5 1/2 weeks of age, he’s grown a lot since we saw him a mere two weeks ago. Our lives are about to change, and most definitely for the better, when he comes home to live with us in another two and a bit weeks. We can hardly wait – as you may guess from these photos.

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Hello summer

If today, as the first day of summer, is a predictor of what is to come, summer in New Brunswick could be wonderful. The sun shone all day; the temperatures were warm but comfortable; what more could one ask for?

I packed up my camera gear and headed for the shore of the Bay of Fundy at St. Martins. A perfect day to be by the side of the bay. I arrived exactly at high tide. (For those that don’t know, the Bay of Fundy tides can rise and fall as much as a four-storey building as 100-Billion tonnes of seawater gush in and out of the bay twice a day.)

Docks in St. Martins at high tide

Docks in St. Martins at high tide

In six hours, when the tide is at its lowest point, that boat would be resting on the ocean floor – 40+ feet lower.

While waiting to meet up with friends for lunch, I explored (for the umpteenth time) familiar scenes and locations. I never get tired of the smell of salt air or the cool breeze coming off the ocean. Both the history and geological history of the area are fascinating.

A description of this part of the Stonehammer Geological site

A description of this part of the Stonehammer Geological site

The beaches beside the cliffs and caves are covered with rocks pounded smooth by eons of tides washing in and out of the harbour daily.

Rocky beach by the CavesThe cliffs are always visible but, even after 3 hours of receding tides I would have had to wait a while longer in order to actually explore the caves themselves.

 

One of the caves at mid-tide. The floor is barely visible but there are several feet of deep water between the beach and the entrance

One of the caves at mid-tide. The floor is barely visible but there are several feet of deep water between the beach and the entrance

A lone sentinel guards the entrance to the harbour leading fishermen home

A lone sentinel guards the entrance to the harbour leading fishermen home with its light

In the village itself there are some amazing Victorian homes, some of which have become bed and breakfast spots like the St. Martins Country Inn – where you’ll be greeted by the resident geese.

St. Martins Country Inn

St. Martins Country Inn

The welcoming (?) committee???

The welcoming (?) committee???

Not-so-welcoming goose saying "stay off my bridge"

Not-so-welcoming goose saying “stay off my bridge”

There are several small parks around, including one set up on land donated by the Hearst family. While visiting one I was carefully watched by an emerging family of gophers peeking out from under the groundskeeper’s tool shed.

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Explorations complete I joined my friends at “The Caves” restaurant for a lunch before heading home over the hills to the Kennebecasis Valley.

Friends gathering to enjoy lunch after a day of exploring St. Martins and area.

Friends gathering to enjoy lunch after a day of exploring St. Martins and area.

All in all, a very good first day of summer!

 

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The sun shone today – finally!

The Kennebecasis Valley as seen from the road to Mt. Hebron

The Kennebecasis Valley as seen from the road to Mt. Hebron

Finally the sun shone on our small town after what seemed like eons of gray skies and rain. The excessive dampness has not been good for farmers – delaying the planting of crops and creating concern that those that did get planted may have rotted instead of germinating. Normally by now farmers would be cutting, or at least ready to cut, their hay fields for the first time but this year the fields, so far, are too wet to go on them with tractors and baling gear.

But today the sun shone. For me it was a lovely day. I began by taking a leisurely early morning drive to Mt. Hebron to work with my riding student, Zara, and her new young horse. Before I even got to their family’s farm I had to stop and capture a few shots of the scenery along the way.

Hillside Farm

Hillside Farm

As I got closer to Wild Wind Farm I passed Charlotte Ranch, a breeding facility for Standardbred (pacing) horses. One field was filled with mares and this year’s crop of foals cavorting in the warmth and sunshine.

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After the lesson was complete I dropped in to the Princess Louise Park Show Centre in Sussex to take in a bit of the Morgan – Arabian – Mini combined horse show. Nice to see a variety of breeds and multiple disciplines sharing a week-end of showing.

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Perhaps this is what they mean by “dog days of summer”? A boxer watching the action.

_L2H3081 - Version 2All in all? A good day in the sun! It totally lifts one’s spirits.

 

 

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