Port a Day – North Point, Nova Scotia

Wanderlust has taken me to North Point at the northern point of Nova Scotia – along the Cabot Trail in Eastern Canada. This is a little bay off the Bay St. Lawrence and these are lobster boats that are “beached” until next spring during lobster season.

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Travel Theme: Circles

Ailsa’s travel theme this week is “Circles” and she posts some beautiful images here. I love photographing architecture and especially the graceful curves that are used in so much of architecture. But I promised myself not to use photos of partial circles (curves) but use full circles. Here are three of my favorites found while traveling in the Maritime Provinces of Canada.

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St. Johns NF

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Travel theme: Circles

Bay of Fundy

This day was to be a rest day but we went to explore Saint John, New Brunswick and it was still early in the afternoon when I was tired of walking. I really wanted to explore some of the Bay of Fundy coast and according to the map there was a scenic drive just north of the city. I said I would drive and we took off.

The Bay of Fundy is a fascinating place to visit because it has the highest tides in the world, at places reaching 53 feet. We visited about 30 years ago and I have very vivid memories of walking on the ocean floor at low tide, and then having the tide come in. So fast that we could see it inch up our legs. We had the tide schedules and it was going out as we drove up the coast on this perfect-weather day.

The drive was beautiful, with frequent places to stop for photos and to enjoy the views. There weren’t many people on the road or at pull-offs, so the peace and calm of this place pulled us in and we spent time sitting on benches and picnic tables breathing in the fresh sea air. I am intrigued by the fingers of land pointing out into the bay. At this point the bay is very wide, with Nova Scotia on the other side.

The high tides are created by the funnel shape of the bay and one of the best places to experience the tides in at the Fundy National Park north of where we were. That is where I wanted to go but time was running out for us and it was too long a drive.

Sometimes the road rose with sharp curves up to the crest where there would be a look out with beautiful views between the pines.

As the tide went out, it left large tidal basins – sometimes for quite a distances inland. We stood for a while and watched the water drain out of this tidal basin in little streams.

In places, boats are left high and dry until the tide comes back. Or is that low and dry?

I wanted to stay to watch the tide come in but that would mean waiting over six hours. The sun was getting low and we were getting tired so we headed back to our camper. I had bought sweet corn at the City Market and that was sounding good. What a wonderful rest day.

Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada


We spent the first part of the day walking around Saint John, before going to the City Market and then on to drive the Bay of Fundy Scenic Drive. Here is some of the architecture, beginning with a couple of the churches that are Provincial Historic Sites.

The Church of St. Andrew and St. David

As you can see, the fog coming off the Bay of Fundy along with the smoke from burning fossil fuels has blackened some of the stone work. Reminds me of Edinburgh Old Town and London.

St. John’s Stone Church

Now for a little of “This & That”

No Sitting Allowed

Carved Wooden Figures of Street Life
(except for the character – my husband – in the blue shirt)


Travel Theme: Texture – Land meets Sea

Alisia’s travel theme of the week is texture – what fun.

I have been going through my photos taken during our trip to the Maritime Provinces of Canada and wondering how to use those that I enjoy but haven’t fit into any of my themed posts. Enter Alisia’s theme.

I love this one because of the various textures that frame the texture of the jutting rock. This was taken at Meat Point at the north end of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.

Of course in the Maritime Provinces, the primary themes are the contrasting textures of land and water. The next two Photos were taken from a boat off of North Point at the northern most part of Cape Breton Island.

In these photos, the textures of land and water meeting is deceptively calm, but the hardness of the rock says that it can meet the force of water with firm resolve creating a tempest of texture in our imagination.

The next photo is from the mouth of the Bay of Fundy when the tide is going out. The color created by the varying depth as the water level lowers creates new textures on the water. How much softer the meeting of land and water is here.

This last scene is of the mouth of the Saint Lawrence River in Quebec. The soft textures of sky and sea meet with only a hint of land between.

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