Cape Split Hiking Trail

10 12 2012

A couple of week-ends ago we decided to head to Cape Split on the Bay of Fundy. We did drive to Scots Bay 2 or 3 years ago, but gave up because of the potholes in the road. They were worse than anywhere else in Nova Scotia.

Nothing had changed in the condition of the road, in fact it was worse, but we persevered to the end. There were diggers, machines and lots of workmen and we thought it was just our luck that the trail was closed. But no, they were just starting on work to make a new car park at the entrance to the park and seemingly there are to be 2 compostable toilets at a cost of $42,000!

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We headed along the trail, enjoying the sculptures of the old trees.

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There is no tree management and so trees are allowed to  grow as they like.

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With trees growing horizontally and branches shooting up at odd angles.

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The trail ends at Cape Split, well named.

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There is no way across to the stack of rock.

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So we just had to enjoy the view while we ate our picnic.

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This little squirrel seemsed to be putting his tongue out at us.

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There were more wild tree shapes on the return trip, a total hike of just 15 km.

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We saw this abandoned church on our drive to the park and had to stop for photographs.

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I can’t see anyone taking this on as a renovation project.

 

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Shark Week in Lockeport, Nova Scotia

17 08 2012

This was meant to be a fishing Blog telling about our trips fishing for mackerel and striped bass.

However, last week-end we headed to Lockeport to fish for mackerel, to find that the local Sea Derby was in progress. We fished for a short time at our usual pier, but nothing was biting, so we went over to the Government wharf to see what was being brought in.

Several fishing boats were waiting to land their catch. This boat above has a long look-out platform for spotting sword fish.

I liked the name of her.

It also has these seats up high for spotting the fish.

Some cod had been landed and were being weighed and measured. There doesn’t seem to be a limit to the size taken, but there is a maximum of 10 rule. I remember when we used to catch huge cod on the West Coast of Scotland in the 70’s, it’s good to see they are returning.

Mackerel are plentiful at this time of the year. We caught 14 one day at Lunenburg and 8 at Lockeport in a very short time.

The Governement body, the Department of Fisheries, was present to check what was being landed.

The shark had to be winched from the boats up into a shed.

Where they were weighed, and measured and the contents of their stomachs examined.

This one weighed about 350lb!

I had never seen a shark up close before. These were Blue Sharks – what a beautiful colour!

We had a very exciting day and might go fishing at the Sea Derby next year.

This Great White Shark was caught in a fisherman’s trap, last year, in the Bay of Fundy. I have taken the photograph from a CBC page. It was a baby female, 3 metres long and weighing 272 Kg.

This was taken from the CBC report of August 17th, 2011.

Steve Campana, head of the Canadian Shark Research Laboratory, said the shark was likely looking for fish when it got trapped.”They’re interested in fish and perhaps small seals and dolphins. It’s very unusual for a great white to attack a person and usually when they do, it’s because they look up and see a surfer on a surfboard and it resembles a seal, which is one of their favourite prey,” said Campana.

He pointed out that in the 1930s there was a shark attack in the area that sunk a boat but left the boaters unharmed. “They’re not interested in people.”

“Canada is within the range of great white habitat, so they’ve undoubtedly been coming up here since time immemorial,” he said. “It’s just that the population of great whites used to be much larger, at least 10 times larger, just 30 years ago than it is now.”

But this Mako, caught in  2004 was a giant!

It was caught by Jamie Doucette, when he was fishing in the Annual Shark Scramble at Yarmouth, NS.

The shark weighed in at an astonishing 1,082 pounds and was a Canadian record.

I’m really not sure what I’d do if I caught any of these huge fish.

There is another Shark Derby on 25th August at the Seafest at Brooklyn, Liverpool. We’ll go along and see if there are any records caught there.





Bay of Fundy

30 04 2012

I am fascinated by rocks. Their shape, size, colour, pattern, all give me a great feeling of amazement.

The granitic Tors on Ben Avon in Scotland inspired me to paint their unique shapes.

I never tired of photographing the quartzite sea stacks at Portknockie.

I am impressed by the granitic boulders at Peggy’s Cove.

So, when I read about sea caves at Cheverie, Hants County, we headed there yesterday, to take a look. It was dull, no bright sunshine to brighten any photos.

The tide was well out on the Bay of Fundy, but as we left the car, a north wind hit us. It was so cold at Johnson Cove, that we thought we might freeze to death before we reached the caves, so we returned to the car and drove a little further to Mutton Cove.

The beach here was sheltered fom the north, so we headed back towards Johnson cove.

Despite it now snowing, I forgot about the cold as I caught sight of the rock faces.

Horizontal bands of white and pink set above layers of breaking shale.

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pushed up from the horizontal.

Folded, twisted, blacks and reds.

Some sitting adrift on the beach floor.

Rock stacks, that have split off from the land but still have a growth of trees on the top.

And around the corner, the north wind did blow, and white horses raced on a chocolate sea.

So, we retreated to the car and drove to Block Wharf Road,  for our picnic.

This wall of gypsum was opposite us. Gypsum has been mined in this area since 1934.

I think I must take a course in geology to understand the formation  of rocks, although it cannot increase my love for these natural formations.

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Five Islands Provincial Park

27 09 2009

This is just the conclusion of our weekend at Joggins, when we stopped at Five Islands Provincial Park for a hike on the Sunday morning.


This park rises from the shores of the Bay of Fundy, with the highest tides in the world. Many campers had taken this last opportunity to camp, before the camping grounds closed for the season the next day.  There are group camping places, but mainly individual spots, each with its own picnic table and fire pit. These campers had made a covered dining area to keep off the mosquitoes.

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We hiked through the park and down to the beach. The tide was out, way out, and people were arriving to collect the semi precious stones that can be found after every tide.

Clam digging is another big event here. These people are out on a spit of sand digging.

Clam diggers 1Here you can see how far out they are!

Clam diggers 2And this couple seem to have some sort of  little trailer with them.

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They came from the opposite side of the bay.Clam diggers 4

The split rock on the next photo is Cape Split! We were there when we walked at Blomidon Provincial Park last year. It doesn’t look to far in the photo, but it is 250 kms by road, because you have to drive around the Bay of Fundy.

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You can see how the water drains out of the Bay at low tide, leaving a very red mud – a bit messy for paddling.Five aBut fantastic for beach combing.

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Joggins for More Birthday Celebrations

13 09 2009

Last week-end was Labour Day holiday here in the Americas and is the last big holiday before Thanksgiving Day. It marks the end of summer and then students return to school.

We decided to take a trip to Joggins, a Unesco site on the Bay of Fundy, near the New Brunswick border.

This is a world recognised site with the earliest known reptile fossil. This was a small reptile, discovered by Sir Charles Lyell in 1859, and called Hylonomus Lyelli

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The new building is on the site of a former coal mine and has been designed to look similar in shape to a mine. The layers of sandstone mimic the layers of rock on the cliff.

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Likewise the wood siding is placed horizontally.

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Jeff just loved the building and would love a house like it – on a smaller scale.

6 The wind generator and solar panels produce almost all the electricity needed for the building and there is a ‘living’ roof, made of sod, with flowers growing on it. This helps insulate the building.

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We had a tour of the museum and once the tide had receded enough we went down onto the beach .

What looks like a lump of concrete in the cliff below is a fossilised tree.

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Most of the fossils are of plants and trees.

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9 Fossil JAfter an exciting time, we walked around the village of Joggins and were surprised and disappointed to find the following. I will leave it up to you to comment. Read the rest of this entry »