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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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In My Backyard – Again!

Safe harbour in St. Martins on the Bay of Fundy

Safe harbour in St. Martins on the Bay of Fundy

Two years ago I was getting ready to travel to Brazil on a two-week equine photography expedition. I needed a gift for my hosts – the owners and operators of the various breeding ranches that we were going to visit. So, I created a small book, called In My Backyard (see link below), full of photographs and some general information about the area where I live – southern New Brunswick on the Bay of Fundy. It was a hit!

In a couple of weeks I’m going on an adventure up the Acadian Coast of NB along Northumberland Strait stopping at places like Parlee Beach near Shediac and inside Kouchibouguac National Park. Hopefully I’ll collect enough photos and stories for another edition – In My Backyard II.

Stay tuned!

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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.

Groundhog gang_web 1 Groundhog gang_web 8 Groundhog gang_web 7 Groundhog gang_web 6 Groundhog gang_web 5 Groundhog gang_web 4 Groundhog gang_web 3 Groundhog gang_web 2I think the cool, salt air contributes to the brilliant colours of the flowers in everyone’s garden. These lilac blooms were amazing!

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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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