Canadian Nature Visions: Blog en-us Hans Toom (Canadian Nature Visions) Mon, 18 Oct 2021 20:51:00 GMT Mon, 18 Oct 2021 20:51:00 GMT Canadian Nature Visions: Blog 80 120 Fall Colours and Reflections 2021 Fall Colours and Reflections 128Fall Colours and Reflections 128 I took a short drive to a few of my local favourite locations known for striking fall colours and I wasn't disappointed. The sky did not not cooperate. Broken cumulus or storm clouds provide the best back ground with a minimum of shadows.

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]]> (Canadian Nature Visions) Canada Fall Colours and Reflections 2021 Fall Colours of Nova Scotia Nova Scotia Nova Scotia Scenery Sun, 17 Oct 2021 15:25:37 GMT
Nuttall Brook Falls I enjoyed a morning hike to Nuttall Brook Falls in beautiful fall weather. These falls although magical and hidden in the deep woods are well worth photographing but I do not recommend a visit after a rain due to extremely slippery rocks and roots. This place is for experienced hikers only.

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A Morning Stroll on the Prospect Barrens I enjoyed a stroll on the prospect barrens in gorgeous weather, bright sunshine and light winds. Birds were scarce except in the wooded clumps of trees that stand out on the barren. I tried to photograph these birds, mostly warblers, but I was defeated by backlighting and the soft bog like mud that prevented me from holding a steady position. It is annoying when focus on the bird is almost obtained and then one or both of one's feet sink into the muck and a topple into the mud is a better possibility than a good photo.

Despite the photographic challenges the place was magical and a lift to my spirit.

Prospect Barren

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Wentworth Falls Wentworth Falls commonly referred to as our bridal falls is a treat to photograph year round high water or low. Bring your widest angle lens and rubber boots for wading.

Wentworth Falls

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Yellow Lady's Tresses Orchid The Yellow Lady's Tresses Orchid is our latest orchid blooming to the frost. Look for the yellow tongue inside the flower head. The orchid head flower can hide behind a dime.

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Coastal Barrens in Good Light and Bad The coastal barrens of Nova Scotia are a treat year round with the surf, rocky cliffs and differing conditions of light.

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Cutlass Fury 2021  

NATO exercise Cutlass Fury brought together ships from several allied navies to participate in antisubmarine exercises off the coast of Halifax and in Bedford Basin.

The event is a bi-annual, medium-scale, training exercise that enhances mutual awareness, interoperability, and readiness of participating Allied navies. This year’s Cutlass Fury 21 continued to build on previous training principles that focused on anti-submarine warfare, with the added emphasis on the multi-threat environment, air-maritime integration and support, and anti-air defence.

“The U.S. and NATO procedures are similar, but we’re still learning,” said Lt. j.g. Gianmatteo Francavilla, an assistant navigator and Italian Navy personnel-exchange-program officer aboard the USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98). “Cooperating together during Cutlass Fury was a good learning experience for the future.”

“Cutlass Fury gives us an opportunity to participate in training applicable to us deploying together with NATO,” said Lt. Lisa Lacross, the operations officer aboard the Forrest Sherman. “It gives us an opportunity to integrate and operate with our foreign partners.”

NATO Allies, made up of Canadian, French and American navies, successfully performed gunnery, manoeuvring, boarding, replenishment and anti-submarine exercises despite the challenges presented by Hurricane Larry while operating at sea. These exercises facilitated training and developed interoperability within the coalition.

“We have the U.S. Navy way that we do things, but there’s also Allied Tactical Publications (ATP) that we use when we are operating with other countries,” said Lacross. “We’re all mariners and we speak that same language, but we have different ways of doing certain things, so, just getting together and seeing what the differences are and working through those is an important part of Cutlass Fury.”

Two years after the previous, this upcoming Cutlass Fury began just days after USS Forrest Sherman completed Frontier Sentinel with Canadian Allies. Both Frontier Sentinel and Cutlass Fury are international training exercises that help Forrest Sherman prepare for a future deployment.

“This is really a phenomenal training opportunity for everyone aboard the Forrest Sherman,” said Lacross. “As we continue down our path towards certification and deployment, training with international partners is a plus.”
One of the goals for the Forrest Sherman while participating in Cutlass Fury is to improve operational capabilities using NATO procedures.

“Improving our cooperation with other NATO countries is one of our goals,” said Francavilla. “Sometimes you can learn from the different ways other countries execute procedures.”

Hudner also participated in Exercise Noble Defender from Sept. 11-12. Noble Defender is a NORAD and U.S. Northern Command exercise series that demonstrates the ability to conduct agile combat employment principles across the North American area of operation while strategically messaging U.S. and Canadian bi-national defense of the homelands.

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Harbour Pilot joined the melee

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Butcher's Falls Laura and I visited Butcher's Falls after several years. Caution is in order since the access road has washed removing all the gravel and leaving auto underbelly grinders. Recent thundershowers appear to have been quite severe in this area.

The falls as usual are grand and well worth the visit. Try to avoid weekends when it can get crowded with kids and dogs.

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]]> (Canadian Nature Visions) Buther's Falls Canada Nova Scotia Waterfalls of Nova Scotia Thu, 16 Sep 2021 18:30:26 GMT
CCGS Hare Bay I photographed CCGS Hare Bay off Chebucto Head at full power plowing through the swells.

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USS Forrest Sherman

The Arleigh Burke class of destroyers are the backbone of the United States navy's fleet defence. The USS Forrest Sherman was photographed off Chebucto Head as it was leaving Halifax harbour to participate in NATO Exercise Cutlass Fury.


USS Forrest Sherman (DDG-98)

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USS Forrest Sherman (DDG-98)
US Navy 060203-N-8907D-067 The guided missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) prepares to pull into its homeport of Naval Station Norfolk.jpg
USS Forrest Sherman on 3 February 2006
United States
Name Forrest Sherman
Namesake Forrest Sherman
Ordered 6 March 1998
Builder Ingalls Shipbuilding, Mississippi
Laid down 7 August 2003
Launched 2 October 2004
Sponsored by Ann Sherman Fitzpatrick
Commissioned 28 January 2006
Homeport Norfolk
Motto Relentless Fighting Spirit
Status in active service
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General characteristics
Class and type Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
Displacement 9,200 tons
Length 509 ft 6 in (155.30 m)
Beam 66 ft (20 m)
Draft 31 ft (9.4 m)
Speed 30+ knots (55+ km/h)
Complement 380 officers and enlisted
Aircraft carried 2 x MH-60R Seahawk helicopters

USS Forrest Sherman (DDG-98) is an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer in the United States Navy and is the second US Navy ship to bear the name. She is part of Destroyer Squadron 28.


She is named for Admiral Forrest Percival Sherman.


Built by Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Forrest Sherman was launched on 2 October 2004. Admiral Sherman's daughter, Ann Sherman Fitzpatrick, is the ship's sponsor.


She was commissioned on 28 January 2006 at NAS Pensacola, Commander Michael VanDurick in command, and six days later departed for her homeport in Norfolk, Va. to join the Atlantic Fleet.

USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) in 2007, test firing her new 5"/62 caliber Mark 45 Mod 4 gun, located forward of her 32-cell missile pack module.

She departed Norfolk for her maiden deployment in July 2007, visiting various nations around the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea. In August 2007, while the ship was visiting Sevastopol to conduct drills with the Ukrainian Navy, a 1,100 pounds (500 kg) naval mine from the Second World War was discovered 500 yards from the vessel. The mine was secured before it could damage the ship.[1] Also during that visit, she became the first US Navy ship to land a Ukrainian Navy helicopter. She also conducted Reliant Mermaid 2007 with the Turkish and Israeli Navies.[2]

On that deployment, she circumnavigated the continent of Africa as part of Task Group 60.5, the US Navy's Southeast Africa task force. She returned home on 19 December that year.[3][4]

In early June 2008, Forrest Sherman deployed for three months in support of U.S. Southern Command's Partnership of the Americas 2008 (POA 08) operation. She returned home on 29 August 2008.[5]

On 25 November 2019, Forrest Sherman captured a stateless dhow carrying a large cache of Iranian missile parts destined for Yemen.[6][7]
























]]> (Canadian Nature Visions) USS Forrest Sherman Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Canada Chebucto Head Cutlass Fury Halifax Nova Scotia Tue, 14 Sep 2021 11:57:11 GMT
York Redoubt Halifax and Halifax Harbour has been heavily defended from naval attack for hundreds of years. Many of the bunkers and guns are still visible to this date.

I hadn't visited York Redoubt, one of the many harbour defenses, for several years. I took the opportunity to visit briefly on my tour of the east side of the Chebucto Peninsula.


York Redoubt

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York Redoubt
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View at York Redoubt showing its commanding view over the approaches to Halifax Harbour
Location Ferguson's Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada
Coordinates 44°35′47.7″N 63°33′8.78″WCoordinates: 44°35′47.7″N 63°33′8.78″W
Built 1793
Governing body Parks Canada
Official name York Redoubt National Historic Site of Canada
Designated 1962
York Redoubt is located in Nova Scotia
York Redoubt
Location of York Redoubt in Nova Scotia

York Redoubt is a redoubt situated on a bluff overlooking the entrance to Halifax Harbour at Ferguson's Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada, originally constructed in 1793. It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1962.[1]


An anti-submarine net running between York Redoubt and McNab's Island in 1942

York Redoubt was a key element in the defence of Halifax Harbour in the 19th and 20th centuries, and saw many additions to its fortifications. It was a command centre for the local harbour defences in World War II, which included observation posts, a defensive minefield and a new gun battery below the fort at Sleepy Cove covering the anti-submarine net which stretched across the harbour's entrance from Fort McNab on McNabs Island. York Redoubt remained in military use until 1956.

Buildings in the redoubt complex include what remains of the Duke of York's Martello tower, built in 1798; other fortifications from around 1800 and 1900; and advanced fortifications and artillery from World War II. York Redoubt has many examples of rifled muzzle loader cannon from the 1870s period. An open-air collection of unmounted cannon within the fort has several pieces of artillery of various periods, including a large 9.62-inch breech loader that had been mounted at the Sandwich Point battery, part of the York Redoubt complex.

Structures at the water's edge at Sleepy Cove battery, now closed to the public, include three search light batteries, two concrete lookout towers and two gun emplacements which originally held two 12-pounder guns, but were later replaced with 6 pounder guns.

On 28 June 1985, Canada Post issued "York Redoubt, N.S.", one of the twenty stamps in the "Forts Across Canada Series" (1983 & 1985).[2]

Sandwich Point Battery[edit]

Sandwich point battery

The series of four gun emplacements was constructed during World War I one kilometre away from the main fort at York Redoubt to protect the approaches to Halifax Harbour. During World War II the two dated 9.2-inch breech-loading guns were removed, but the two 6-inch breech-loaders were retained throughout the war. The battery is currently derelict and completely contained within Department of National Defence fenced land (home to Canadian Forces Naval Engineering School) and is strictly off limits to the public (gates restrict road access to Gas Lane via Fire and Smoke Roads from John Bracken Drive).

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A Rainy Day on the Chebucto Peninsula I enjoyed a short circuit of the eastern end of the Chebucto Peninsula on a cloudy and drizzly day.

Double-crested Cormorant

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Canada Goose

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GASPÉ, QC – Chantier Naval Forillon today announced the delivery of the fifth search and rescue vessel it has built for the Canadian Coast Guard, the CCGS Hare Bay, as part of a major contract, the first having been delivered in 2017. The contract calls for the yard to supply the Coast Guard with a total of ten vessels by 2023.

The entire team is pleased to have contributed to the production of vessels that will serve the Canadian Coast Guard in various provinces across the country. Boat enthusiasts will be able to admire the units produced by Chantier Naval Forillon in the various rescue stations in British Columbia, Newfoundland and the Magdalen Islands (Qc), among others. The CCGS Hare Bay will be stationed in Nova Scotia, where it will provide essential search and rescue services, including on-water searches, response to distress calls at sea and assistance to vessels in difficulty.

“Search and rescue vessels are an essential component of the Canadian Coast Guard fleet and are vital to marine safety and to supporting environmental response operations. Congratulations to the skilled workers at Chantier Naval Forillon for their exceptional work in building the CCGS Hare Bay,” said Mario Pelletier, Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard.

The contract was won as a result of the shipyard’s positive response to a number of criteria, including its strong shipyard organisation, proven expertise and value for money. Over the years, the team at the helm of the company has sought and found ways to increase production without neglecting the quality of the vessels built.

As a result, more than double the number of jobs have been created since the contract was confirmed, mainly as project managers and naval architects. The 37 employees have been joined by 34 who are retained on a year-round basis. The company is now operating with 70 employees on board and Jean-David Samuel, president and CEO of the shipyard, attributes this growth to the Coast Guard contract. “Obviously, this contract has proven to be structuring for the company. And we are pleased to be able to offer value-added jobs because of it,” he said.

Founded in 1952, Chantier Naval Forillon is a company that builds and repairs boats. Its advantageous geographical location allows it to accommodate coastal and ocean-going vessels weighing up to 800 tons. It also provides services to several shipowners in Eastern Canada, and its infrastructure makes it one of the best equipped shipyards in the province for the construction and repair of boats.


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Yellow Ladies Tresses Orchid

Note the small yellow spot on the tongue. The single orchid flowers are about 1/4 inch long (6mm)

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Head of Northwest Arm, Halifax

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Sloop Nine off Sambro Island

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Clouds There are photographers that specialize in daylight sky and cloud photography. These photographs show why the interest exists.


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Red Rock Falls On our evening walk at Chignecto Provincial Park we walked pass the red rocks. Normally the flow of water here is but a trickle but after a particularly heavy rain the trickle becomes a waterfall and so I named it Red Rock Falls.

Red Rock Falls

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]]> (Canadian Nature Visions) Canada Chignecto Provincial Park Nova Scotia Red Rock Falls Red Rocks Tue, 31 Aug 2021 23:30:23 GMT
Blackburnian Warbler and Northern Parula The stunning Blackburnian Warbler and Northern Parula are a joy to meet and photograph. The Northern Parula is so tame I've had them feeding within a metre of me.

Blackburnian Warbler

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]]> (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Blackburnian Warbler Canada Northern Parula Nova Scotia Warblers of Nova Scotia Tue, 31 Aug 2021 23:25:11 GMT
Cedar Waxwing and Magnolia Warbler The Cedar Waxwing was gathering nesting material. They are late nesters like the Goldfinch. It was a cooperative bird but hard to photograph on auto focus because the camera insisted on focusing on the twigs in front of the bird.

The Magnolia Warbler is not a shy bird but tends to mind its own business and ignore passersby so I am always pleased when I can capture a few images.

Cedar Waxwing

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]]> (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Cedar Waxwing Magnolia Warbler Nova Scotia Tue, 31 Aug 2021 23:11:56 GMT
Recent Photos These photographs are an eclectic mix of recent experiences as I visited a few of my local haunts. The lack of shorebirds is disconcerting.

Black-capped Chickadee

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Coral Root Orchid

.....past its prime

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Entering Halifax Harbour off Chebucto Head

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A Woodland Stroll I took a stroll in the woodlands this morning in an attempt to catch up on all the birds I've missed with Covid and my expedition to Cape Chignecto Provincial Park. Most of the warblers are gone from the woodlands now but later migrants and year round residents are still there to be found.

Eastern Wood-pewee

This flycatcher boasts the quintessential woodland song and is a particular favourite of mine. It has disappeared from many of the locations that I had become used to seeing them and enjoying their song.

This flycatcher is another victim of farmers and land developers.

Red-eyed Vireo

White-breasted Nuthatch

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker


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Full Moon Rising The full moon, plus a few hours, is rising over Cape d'Or as seen from the beach halfway to Cape Chignecto. These photographs are my best ever of the rising moon. Normally the distance light has to travel along the surface of the earth through heat tremors, dust and air currents degrades the image. I was lucky this evening.

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Osprey I struggled with these Osprey photographs. Although the images are cropped they are still shot at 1200mm ISO 6400. I need the high ISO in order to freeze their movements at such a long focal length. Unfortunately this creates a spray of noise all over the image and especially in the background sky. Removing all this noise creates a pastel painting like effect on the photo which although not unattractive is unrealistic. I just have to get closer to improve the quality of the images.


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Eastern Bluebird Series 3 Eastern Bluebird

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Eastern Bluebird Series 1 I was fortunate to be able to watch a pair of Eastern Bluebirds raise their family at Chignecto Provincial Park.

I never knew so many grubs and multi legged and appendaged critters existed until I photographed the adult bluebirds toting them to their young. The adult's hunting skills are awesome.

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Mix of Woodland Birds, the Revisit Woodland and forest edge birds tend to mix when photographing from road sides. These photos were taken with my hiking camera.

Yellow Warbler

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Common Yellowthroat the Revisit The Common Yellowthroat arrives early in Nova Scotia and leaves late. It is wide spread, abundant and vocal during its stay in Nova Scotia. Like most warblers you can identify them as you walk along the trail by their distinctive songs. Laura and I call it the "bandito".

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]]> (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Common Yellowthroat Nova Scotia Warblers of Nova Scotia Sat, 14 Aug 2021 21:00:52 GMT
Swainson's Thrush the Revisit The Swainson's Thrush is the predominant thrush species in Cape Chignecto Provincial Park. There were abundant Hermit Thrushes as well but the rugged north land thrushes such as the Veery and Grey-cheeked Thrush were were not heard or seen.

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American Redstart the Revisit The American Redstart is a stunning bird and quite successful with the population increasing province wide probably due to the regrowth of forest edge habitat.

American Redstart

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House Wren the Revisit While my desktop computer was in storage I was compelled to use my laptop computer which simply does not have the horsepower to process my 61mp RAW files or use Adobe so I am going through my last six weeks of photos and processing them for optimum presentation. All these photos will by captioned with "revisit".

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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 31, July 29 This is the last blog post of this adventure.

We hiked down to Anderson's Beach in the best weather of our trip; moderate temperature, light but refreshing wind, no fog, no smoke and the insects were not too bad either.

There is no commentary on the photos. It's all scenery in some old growth forest and jagged coastline. Enjoy this trail at low tide for the maximum benefit.

Anderson's Beach, Cape Chignecto Provincial Park

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]]> (Canadian Nature Visions) Andersons Beach Canada Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Nova Scotia Old Growth Forest Thu, 29 Jul 2021 23:29:13 GMT
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 30, July 28 Today is our penultimate hike, the completion of the Acadian Dyke trail from the harbour to the sea. 40 foot tides here change the harbour basin from an ocean bay to a sand bar.

Wildflowers, birds, bees and butterflies line the trail which is atop the dyke. I came poorly equipped for trail photography and image processing where modems are shared and funneled through a single phone line.

Next year I will circuit Newfoundland for 30+ days and I will be better equipped for a shoot and post daily type of nature photography.

The Acadian Dyke Trail

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Least Sandpiper

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Monarch Butterfly

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Turkey Vulture

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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 29, July 27 Chignecto National Wildlife Area


Chignecto National Wildlife Area trails and parking lot are open to the public for day-use only.

Respect the environment and leave no trace.

Remember, you are responsible for your own safety.

We are committed to protecting the health and safety of Canadians, visitors and employees. Social and physical distancing restrictions will remain in place until further notice from local and regional health authorities.

For more information, please consult our Q&A page.

Chignecto NWA is located in Nova Scotia. The NWA contains diverse habitats and supports a wide array of wildlife species. 228 bird species have been recorded within the NWA in recent years.

Aerial view of Chignecto NWA
Aerial view of Chignecto NWA showing wetlands, forest, and grassy areas. Photo: C. MacKinnon

Chignecto NWA is home to a variety of species. Various marsh birds such as sora and Virginia railare common. Some of the highest nesting densities of pied-billed grebe in North America have been recorded in the NWA. People have recorded a total of 228 birdspecies within the NWA in recent years. Over 100 species breed within the NWA. In addition, one can find a sugar maple tree with a circumference of over 4 meters in the NWA. People have estimated that this tree is over 250 years old.

The Amherst Point section consists of 412 ha which has both NWA and Migratory Bird Sanctuary (MBS) status. Ducks Unlimited Canada has improved a large portion of the Migratory Birds Sanctuary's wetlands. They improved the wetlands through the construction of dykes and control structures.

Chignecto NWA provides habitat for a wide variety of mammals including, among others, the:

Find more information on Chignecto NWA in the summary table below.

Photo of Pied-billed Grebe
Two pied-billed grebes swimming in water. Photo: © Scott Leslie


Under the Canada Wildlife Act, NWAs are protected and managed in accordance with the Wildlife Area Regulations. The primary purpose of NWAs is to protect and conserve wildlife and their habitat. For this purpose and according to the legislation, all activities in a NWA that could interfere with the conservation of wildlife can be prohibited. Consequently, most NWAs are not accessible to the public and all activities are prohibited. However, some activities may be authorized through public notice or the issuance of permits as long as they are consistent with the management plan goals for the NWA. For more information, consult the NWAs Management and Activities section.

Planning your visit

There is a small network of trails which provides access to the Chignecto NWA. You can enjoy hiking, wildlife observation, as well as some lovely photo opportunities in the NWA.

Note: Hunting is not permitted within the NWA, however trapping is allowed, subject to provincial regulations.

Public facilities: Parking lot and walking trails

Access to the NWA is permitted in accordance with the conservation objectives of the NWA management plan. For more information on what is permitted in NWAs, consult the NWA Management and Activities page.


From the town of Amherst, Nova Scotia, take Southampton Road southeast until the road turns southwest. This is part of the Bay of Fundy Eco-Tour route. You can access a small parking lot on the north side of Southampton Road.
GPS: 45.783421, -64.259447

You can find more information on access and permitting for Chignecto NWA, by contacting the Environment and Climate Change Canada regional office.

Map of the area

Map John Lusby Marsh and Chignecto NWA boundaries


There was some huffing an puffing on our visit, gorgeous scenery, very few birds, but lots of mushrooms, lichens, fungi and mosses.

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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 28, July 26 The weather was iffy so we we didn't want to get exposed on the Acadian dykes, the hike we had planned for this day. Fast moving lightning storms with torrential downpours have become a recent risk.

Tomorrow we will try the Amherst Point Bird Sanctuary,  a place we have not visited for years. The good  news is that the marsh has been taken over by the Federal government, always a positive move in protecting our natural wilderness. They have the expertise and resources that will be needed.

American Redstart

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Bald Eagle

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Least Sandpiper

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Ring-necked Pheasant

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Song Sparrow

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This Tells the Story of Our Day

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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 27, July 25 Laura and I hiked the Eatonville Trail as far as we dared. It was rough, steep and with sections of high grass which necessitated tick protocols. There were no good views of the estuary where they built the ships. The best photographs of this area were made on our earlier hike on the Three Sisters loop.

Here is everything you need to know about Eatonville and the ship building and logging activity that occurred here.


Eatonville, Nova Scotia

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Eatonville, Nova Scotia
(formerly Three Sisters)
Eatonville Harbour, showing the site of the mill and shipyard
Eatonville Harbour, showing the site of the mill and shipyard
Eatonville, Nova Scotia is located in Nova Scotia
Eatonville, Nova Scotia
Eatonville, Nova Scotia
Location of Eatonville in Nova Scotia
Coordinates: 45°25′12.5″N 64°54′55.2″WCoordinates: 45°25′12.5″N 64°54′55.2″W
Country  Canada
Province  Nova Scotia
Founded 1826
Abandoned circa 1940
 • mid-1880s 350 (Peak)

Eatonville is a former lumber and shipbuilding village in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia. It includes a large tidal harbour at the mouth of the Eatonville Brook beside several dramatic sea stacks known as the "Three Sisters". It was founded in 1826 and abandoned in the 1940s. The site of the village is now part of Cape Chignecto Provincial Park.

Early history

The "Three Sisters" sea stacks

The complex geology of Eatonville Harbour and powerful erosion forces of the Bay of Fundy tides created a series of dramatic sea stacks, stone arches and caves. Three of the sea stacks are closely grouped and known as the "Three Sisters". According to a Mi'kmaw legend, they were created by the mythical figure Glooscap when he turned a pack of dogs pursuing a moose into the stone towers. The fleeing moose became the Isle Haute and can be seen in the distance from the frozen stone forms of the Three Sisters.[1] Settlers established a small sawmill on crown land at the tidal harbour beside the sea stacks about 1826. Early families at the settlement which became known as "Three Sisters" included the McDade, McNamara, Atkinson and Spicer families. By 1837 they had built a rough, but much-used road to Advocate, the beginnings of what came to be known as the "Eatonville Road". The land around the community was granted to James McDade in 1851. The land around the harbour and extensive timber holdings inland along Cape Chignecto were purchased by David Rufus Eaton and Charles Frederick Eaton in 1864.[2]


The Eatonville ship Joseph H. Scammell shipwrecked at Torquay, Australia in 1884

The Eatons built a series of saw mills, lumber camps and a large shipyard. The growing settlement around their mills was named after their family.[3] A shipyard at the harbour produced over 20 large vessels beginning with the 1000 ton barque Chignecto in 1874[4] and finishing with the tern schooner J. L. Ralston in 1919.[5] Eatonville ships were noteworthy enough to attract coverage from Harpers Weekly Magazine which published an illustrated feature article on the launch of the barque Argenta at the Eaton's yard in 1890.[6] A notable example was the large ship Joseph H. Scammell built at Eatonville in 1884 which became a famous shipwreck in Australia when she sank in 1891. Eatonville Harbour attracted considerable shipping for the timber export trade. Two small tugs were based at the harbour to assist in docking ships and moving timber rafts[7] and the volume of shipping led to the construction of the Eatonville Lighthouses on the beach south of the wharf which operated from 1909 to 1923.[8] The harbour witnessed several shipwrecks including the spectacular wreck of the three masted schooner Marjorie J. Sumner which was severely damaged in the harbour in 1906 when it toppled over at low tide and was crushed by its large deckload of timber.[9] The shipyard and large sawmill were located at the harbour while the main village, known as "the Old Town" was located 1 mile (2 km) inland. The two were connected by a "tramway", a horse-drawn pole railway.

Lumber Industry

The Eaton's first sawmill was upriver in the "Old Town". In the 1890s, they built a much larger sawmill at Eatonville Harbour. The mill was a large steam-powered operation which could produce 60,000 board feet (100 m3) of lumber a day, but the Eatons "preferred to cut less, waste nothing and strive for quality." This allowed them to make the most sustainable use of their Cape Chignecto timber holdings which also had the advantage of very few forest fires because the "fog forests" of Cape Chignecto are constantly damp from Bay of Fundy fogs. A network of logging camps across Cape Chignecto connected by trails and log driving streams fed the Eatonville Mills while the adjacent settlement of New Yarmouth provided supplies, horse teams and workers. The village had a population of 350 people in its peak years. About 250 people lived in the Old Town which included a post office, two stores, a combined school and church and a blacksmith shop. About 100 people lived in Eatonville Harbour which had a separate post office and a large store. The store attracted customers from surrounding villages across eastern Cumberland County, drawn by its extensive array of imported goods. The store boasted fine parquet floors and one of the earliest telephone connections in the area.[10]


The Eatons sold their holdings to the Elderkin family in 1897. The population dwindled after World War One as timber stands were exhausted and wooden shipbuilding collapsed. The large mill was eventually destroyed by fire. The village was largely abandoned by the 1930s. Seasonal cutting and exports of timber from scows continued into the 1940s. The last year-round resident left in 1943, although the descendants of several Eatonville families maintain cabins in the area. The surrounding forests were logged by various Cumberland County Mills but especially for pulpwood by the Scott Paper Company until the 1980s.

Present day

Eatonville Interpretation Centre in 2009

The Eatonville Road became a seasonal wilderness public road for off-road vehicles maintained by volunteers from Advocate to Eatonville and through to Spicers Cove. In 1989, the Eatonville site became part of Cape Chignecto Provincial Park. The old village site is crossed by the park's main backpacking trail which follows the former tramway for several kilometres and connects to a bunkhouse and wilderness campsites at Eatonville's "Old Town" site. The sea stacks and beach at the harbour are a popular kayak destination. In July 2009, the Park built an "off-the-grid" seasonal interpretation centre accessible by car from Spicers Cove along with a network of short day hikes overlooking the harbour, the Three Sisters sea stacks and a dramatic Raised beach at nearby Squally Point. The interpretation centre closed due to environmental problems in 2013 but the trails and look-offs remain open.[11] The tidal harbour at Eatonville floods very quickly at high tide and can trap hikers attempting to explore the sea stacks from the beach. Two hikers and a dog were trapped by the tide in 2014 and had to be rescued by a helicopter from CFB Greenwood.[12] In 2020, the Eatonville Day Use trail system centred on the Three Sisters sea stacks became an anchor of the UNESCO "Cliffs of Fundy Global Geopark which begin at Eatonville and stretch around Cape Chignecto and down the coast to Debert.[13] [14]


Fritillary Butterfly and Canada Hawkweed

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Early Morning Cobwebs

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Red Hawkweed

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The cobwebs were everywhere.

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Pink Yarrow

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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 26, July 24 On Saturday we drive into Parrsboro for supplies. There are good sand beaches between Advocate and Parrsboro but unfortunately there have been very few shorebirds.

Nevertheless every day is a surprise. Today we walked the dykes that the amazing early Acadians built here to form the salt marsh and inner harbour of Advocate. I also obtained excellent moonrise photos, the first ones here in 36 days.


History of the Acadians

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Modern flag of Acadia, adopted 1884

The Acadians (French: Acadiens) are the descendants of 17th and 18th century French settlers in parts of Acadia (French: Acadie) in the northeastern region of North America comprising what is now the Canadian Maritime Provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, the Gaspé peninsula in eastern Québec, and the Kennebec River in southern Maine. The settlers whose descendants became Acadians primarily came from the southwestern and southern regions of France, historically known as Occitania, while some Acadians are claimed to be descended from the Indigenous peoples of the region.[1]Today, due to assimilation, some Acadians may share other ethnic ancestries as well.[2]

The history of the Acadians was significantly influenced by the six colonial wars that took place in Acadia during the 17th and 18th century (see the four French and Indian Wars, Father Rale's War and Father Le Loutre's War). Eventually, the last of the colonial wars—the French and Indian War—resulted in the British Expulsion of the Acadians from the region. After the war, many Acadians came out of hiding or returned to Acadia from the British Colonies. Others remained in France and some migrated from there to Louisiana, where they became known as Cajuns, a corruption of the word Acadiens or Acadians. The nineteenth century saw the beginning of the Acadian Renaissance and the publication of Evangeline, which helped galvanize Acadian identity. In the last century, Acadians have made achievements in the areas of equal language and cultural rights as a minority group in the Maritime provinces of Canada.



The Acadian Dykes of Advocate

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I found some wild blueberries, ripe and ready to go, on the side of the Avondale Road. Laura was delighted to take advantage of this discovery.

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Cape d"Or

As seen from the dykes.

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Bumblebee and Fireweed

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Fritillary and Pearly Everlasting

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Great Blue Heron

Beside the dyke

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Laura Enjoying the View

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The Blueberry Harvest

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Sweet White Clover

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Two Tree Swallows and Two Song Sparrows

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I was never able to get good moonrise or sunrise photographs at Portuguese Cove because of the turbulent air currents compressed onto the photo from shooting over 30 kilometres of ocean. This is not a problem at Advocate.

Moonrise at Advocate Harbour

The photos are taken from the cottage deck.

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The moon photos are low resolution, about 250 kilobytes jpeg files. I look forward to working on these photos from the 120 megabyte RAW files.


]]> (Canadian Nature Visions) Acadian Dykes at Advocate Harbour Birds of Nova Scotia Butterflies of Nova Scotia Canada Moonrise at Advocate Nova Scotia Sun, 25 Jul 2021 23:54:24 GMT
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure, Day 25, July 23 There was sunshine in the morning which gave us an opportunity to visit the Cape d'Or Light. The hike down to the light is easy enough but there was a lot of huffing and puffing as we came back up the hill. The weather deteriorated in the afternoon but it did provide an opportunity to photograph the unusual and dramatic cloud formations.

Late Day Clouds

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The Bluffs at Cape d'Or

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Lightkeeper's Buildings

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Tide Rip

The tidal rips run like a river.

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Ominous Evening Cloud

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Tidal Pond

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Sunset Over Cape Chignecto

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Cape d'Or From the Cape Chignecto

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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 24, July 22 A tropical rain storm greeted our morning. Laura stayed at the cottage reading a book from the free libraries that have popped up roadside while I drove about in the rain looking for photographic opportunities and challenges.

The rain did let up later in the day and we were able to enjoy our evening walk along the beach to the red rocks.

Alder Flycatcher

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Cape Chignecto

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Cape d'Or Cape d'Or 220Cape d'Or 220

Cape Split

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At the Dockside

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Isle Haute and Cape Chegnecto

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Red Rock Falls

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Sunset Over Cape Chignecto

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]]> (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Cape Split Nova Scotia Red Rock Falls Fri, 23 Jul 2021 23:51:41 GMT
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 23, July 21 It was another lousy weather day,....enough said.

Nature photography changes over the seasons with the movements of birds and animals as well as changes in environmental conditions. This time of year there is a transition from bird photography to wildflowers, butterflies, mosses, lichens, mushrooms, fungi, fall colours, snow and ice and night sky photography. Bird and wildlife photography is always present with a gradual switchover from summer nesting and breeding to migrations and the always present year round residents.

Bald Eagle

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British Soldier Lichens

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Bunch Berry 210Bunch Berry 210

Butter and Eggs

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Cape Capstan Light

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Cedar Waxwing

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Club-spur Orchid (Little)

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Dark-eyed Junco

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Spicer's Cove

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Fungus 210Fungus 210

Grey Catbird

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Mushroom 210Mushroom 210 Mushroom 211Mushroom 211 Mushroom 212Mushroom 212 Mushroom 213Mushroom 213 Mushroom 214Mushroom 214 Mushroom 215Mushroom 215 Mushroom 216Mushroom 216 Mushroom 217Mushroom 217

New England Aster

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Red Hawkweed

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Red Lichen

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Red Rock Falls

Red Rock Falls is on our evening walkabout route so it always gets attention from us as we observe its changes in light and water flow.

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Spicer's Cove

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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 22, July 20 It was a lousy day for walkabouts, photography and sinuses thanks to the fog and the smoke plume from the wild fires. All of my photographs were compromised. I pity the millions of sentient creatures who are dying in these fires, mostly alone and in agony. We have done terminal damage. This is the price of reckless greed and disregard for the natural world. The human species has lost its moral right to oversee this planet or to exist as a species. Armageddon in the form of a planet killer is needed now so that this marvelous rock in space can once again thrive. This will happen sooner or later.

In Nova Scotia clear cut (strip logging) is permitted in wilderness areas including provincial parks. I ran across some forest butchering in Chignecto Provincial Park. These guys are stripping 6-10 inch diameter trees and leaving a wasteland in their wake.

I experimented with some fog/smoke editing techniques to try to save the day's photos but at best they will only serve to remind us of this sad day.

American Redstart

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Bumblebee in Purple Vetch

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Dark-eyed Junco

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Sun's Last Gleaming Through the Smoke

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Swainson's Thrush

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Young Doe

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]]> (Canadian Nature Visions) Armageddon Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Fog Nova Scotia Smoke Wildflowers of Nova Scotia Wed, 21 Jul 2021 22:46:52 GMT
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 21, July 19 The weather has gone down hill; morning and evening fog usually arriving with the incoming tide, drizzle, fog mist, cool then muggy and steady rain.

As I expected the Eastern Bluebird and Tree Swallow chicks have fledged. They move around with their parents, protective parents, and are difficult to photograph as they sit on wires almost always backlit.

We can smell the wild fires and the sky has a errie cast with the sun occasionally poking through the fire haze. What have we done to this planet?

Eastern Bluebird

There are no more mouth fulls of grubs and insects.

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Fritillary Buttterfly on Thistle


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Milk thistle flowerhead
Cirsium arizonicum, showing arachnoid cobwebbiness on stems and leaves, with ants attending aphids that might be taking advantage of the shelter.

Thistle is the common name of a group of flowering plants characterised by leaves with sharp prickles on the margins, mostly in the family Asteraceae. Prickles can also occur all over the plant – on the stem and on the flat parts of the leaves. These prickles are an adaptation that protects the plant from being eaten by herbivores. Typically, an involucre with a clasping shape similar to a cup or urn subtends each of a thistle's flowerheads.

The comparative amount of spininess varies dramatically by species. For example, Cirsium heterophyllum has minimal spininess while Cirsium spinosissimum is the opposite.[1] Typically, species adapted to dry environments have greater spininess.

The term thistle is sometimes taken to mean precisely those plants in the tribe Cardueae (synonym: Cynareae),[2] especially the genera Carduus, Cirsium, and Onopordum.[3] However, plants outside this tribe are sometimes called thistles, and when this is done, "thistles" would form a polyphyletic group.

A thistle is the floral emblem of Scotland and Lorraine, as well as the emblem of the Encyclopædia Britannica.

Biennial thistles are particularly noteworthy for their high wildlife value, producing such things as copious floral resources for pollinators, nourishing seeds for birds like the goldfinch, foliage for butterfly larvae, and down for the lining of birds' nests

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Grey Catbird

Hunting for nesting material for its second nesting.

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Native Bee on Purple Vetch

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Red Crossbill

He is a long way's off. (I find it offensive to call a sentient creature, "it")

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White Rose

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Yarrow 190Yarrow 190

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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 20, July 18 The Eastern Bluebirds and Tree Swallows will fledge (obtain flight feathers) tonight or tomorrow morning. I will visit them probably for the last time tomorrow. These species have similar requirements for nest box size and hole size and placement.

The adults of both species have been very careful about not revealing their nest box location, often waiting patiently on a post until I leave or back well away although I am not that close since I am using a 1200mm lens.

Eastern Bluebird

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I see you both

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Down the hatch

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....and a job well done.

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See you next year.

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There are six Fritillary species in Nova Scotia. The tabulation below is for all of Canada. The species shown in red are Nova Scotia's records.

Subfamily Heliconiinae – fritillaries

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Hermit Thrush

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Pearly Everlasting

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Tree Swallow

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White-tailed Deer

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Yarrow 180Yarrow 180

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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 19, July 17 It was yet another Nova Scotia summer day; mixed clouds, sunshine and moderate temperatures.

Alas, we have passed mid July and the warblers are bunching up and moving so they will be harder to find but when you find one there are usually several others as well. It is remarkable that fully three quarters of our mid summer wood land birds are warblers.

The cycle of life in nature is amazing. Two warblers arrive in the spring and have four offspring. Now there are six warblers and they all head south. Fours warblers perish through predation, weather events, starvation or just bad luck like flying into a building. So the following spring two warblers return to start the cycle again. This is a stable population despite the losses.

Bald Eagles

A species almost wiped out by human stupidity and greed.

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Bluebell Species

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Eastern Bluebird

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Moon Vine

Tell these insects that the Moon Vine is not predatory.

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Partridge Island Beach

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Cottage on Partridge Island Beach

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Red-eyed Vireo

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Road Side Plant

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These beach runners are our third shorebird.

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Turkey Vultures

There are eight in this tree.

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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 18, July 16  

It was a good day with a slight cloud overcast and warmer then it has been, about 26 degrees, and muggy. There was some coastal fog but it dispersed later in the morning.

We decided to try the northern side of the park again for birds. The bird life is well scattered and hard to find in the central forested areas. On a high note we did hear a Long-eared Owl and Tennessee Warbler the other day but the deep forest is a hard place to photograph birds if you can find them. Our best success has been along the coastal bluffs of the north side. This is likely due to the fact that the strip loggers, old and new, cannot butcher these areas due to the hazardous conditions so the only remaining old growth forest is here especially the old growth deciduous forest.

It was here on the park's north side where we found and photographed my beloved Blackburnian Warbler. Photos are below.

Blackburnian Warbler

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Eastern Bluebird

.........will fledge this weekend.

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This is member of a family of butterflies.

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Least Sandpiper

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Mushroom 160Mushroom 160

Beach Saltbush?

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Northern Parula

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Song Sparrow

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Swamp Candles

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Tree Swallow

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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 17, July 15  

...and what a night it was! 32mm of rain fell in about 4-6 hours with almost continuous lightning and thunder. We haven't experienced active weather like this since living in Manitoba.

Th entrance road to our cottage was blocked with a 20 metre wide river, perhaps 200mm deep. Since it was packed gravel underneath I drove through it with no problem.

Eastern Bluebird

The bluebird parents are continuing to get warier and warier suggesting an imminent emergence of young birds within a day or two.

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Common Yellowthroat

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Magnolia Warbler

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White-tailed Deer

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Herring Gull Rock

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Red Rock Brook

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Red Rock Falls

About 6 hours after the deluge.

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Red Rock Falls

About 6 hours after the deluge.

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Red Rock Falls

About 16 hours after the deluge. This waterfall was dry before the rain came.

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Song Sparrow

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Semipalmated Plover

The second of our peeps to arrive.

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Yellow Warbler

Probably feeding its second brood of the season.

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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventire Day 16, July 14 Today was a good day; sunshine, no fog and light winds. This is the day we did the Fundy Ridge trail, 5,.4 kilometres and a 160 metre (500 foot) vertical ascent. It was much harder than it appears.



  • Visiting Nova Scotia Provincial Parks will look different this season. COVID-19 protocols are posted at each park and new safety measures to protect employees and visitors will be in place, including restrictions to services and facilities within our parks. Before visiting, please visit:
    • Beaches, trails and picnic areas will be open however playgrounds and group shelters remain closed at this time
    • Visitors must practice physical distancing


Hikers will experience an old-growth forest ecosystem and breathtaking views of Advocate Bay. The trail descends at McGahey Brook with steps to the beach. It is about a 1.5-km (0.9-mi.) hike back along the shore (take note that a high tide may delay your return trip).

Trailhead: Red Rocks Visitor Centre
Significant Feature: Old growth forests, ocean scenery, beach access
Length: 5.4 kilometres (3.3 miles) return
Hiking Time: 2–3 hours
Elevation: 150 metres (500 feet)

Cape Chignecto is a 5,951-hectare natural environment park on a dramatic coastal peninsula. This park offers you an opportunity to appreciate some of the most pristine natural features found in Nova Scotia. Towering 185-metre-high cliffs, 29 kilometres (18 miles) of coastline, some of Nova Scotia's most significant geological features, deep valleys, sheltered coves, old growth forests and the world's highest tides can all be found here. The spectacular scenery and the wilderness experience will bring you back time after time.

Visitors wishing to enjoy wilderness hiking and camping must use the Red Rocks Visitor Centre entrance at 1108 West Advocate Road – GPS N45 20.975 W64 49.414. Eatonville day-use park visitors must travel the West Apple River Road to the entrance at the Eatonville Visitor Centre  – GPS N45 25.300 W64 53.657. (The centre is closed until further notice; however, the trails remain open.) A park or camping permit is required and visitors must check in and out of the park so we know you are safe.

The park season is from the May long weekend through to the Thanksgiving weekend in October.

For your comfort and safety:
• The tidal range and steep cliffs may trap unwary hikers. The tide rises and falls at a rate of 1 inch per minute.
• Hiking along the beach west of McGahey Brook is not permitted.
• Approach cliffs only at designated viewing areas. The cliff line is constantly eroding and may be unstable.
• The Cape Chignecto ecosystem is unique and may be fragile. Do not remove or damage plants and wildlife.
• No open fires are permitted at back-country campsites. Fires are only permitted at designated walk-in campsites (fire grills) at New Yarmouth.
• Pack out all garbage.
• Boil, filter or treat all water before consuming.
• Weather may be unpredictable. Bring all-weather gear and comfortable hiking boots.
• Do not approach large mammals such as moose and black bear.
• For your own safety, please stay on the trail.


Bald Eagle on the Beach Near the Ascent Point to the Fundy Ridge

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Blind Photograph of Blue-headed Vireo

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Canada Hawkweed on the Trail

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Cape d'Or Photograph Taken Later This Day

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Eastern Bluebirds are Getting More Wary, Perhaps a Sign of Good Things to Come

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Eastern Toad on Fundy Ridge

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Forget Me Not

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Photos in Order of Our Trek to the Fundy Ridge

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Indian Pipe, an Unusual Plant that has no Chlorophyll


Monotropa uniflora

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Monotropa uniflora
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Monotropa
M. uniflora
Binomial name
Monotropa uniflora

Monotropa uniflora, also known as ghost plant, ghost pipe or Indian pipe, is an herbaceous perennial plant native to temperate regions of Asia, North America and northern South America, but with large gaps between areas.[1][2] The plant is sometimes completely waxy white, but often has black flecks or pale pink coloration.[3] Rare variants may have a deep red color.

Taxonomy and background

It was formerly classified in the family Monotropaceae, but is now included within the Ericaceae. It is of ephemeral occurrence, depending on the right conditions (moisture after a dry period) to appear full grown within a couple of days.

Unlike most plants, it is white and does not contain chlorophyll.[4] Instead of generating energy from sunlight, it is parasitic, and more specifically a mycoheterotroph. Its hosts are certain fungi[4] that are mycorrhizal with trees, meaning it ultimately gets its energy from photosynthetic trees. Since it is not dependent on sunlight to grow, it can grow in very dark environments as in the understory of dense forest. It is often associated with beech trees.[5] The complex relationship that allows this plant to grow also makes propagation difficult.

Like most mycoheterotrophic plants, M. uniflora associates with a small range of fungal hosts, all of them members of Russulaceae.[6]


The stems reach heights of 5–30 centimetres (2.0–11.8 in), sheathed with highly reduced leaves 5–10 millimetres (0.20–0.39 in) long, best identified as scales or bracts. These structures are small, thin, and translucent; they do not have petioles but instead extend in a sheath-like manner out of the stem.

As its scientific name suggests, and unlike the related Monotropa hypopitys (but like the close relation Monotropastrum humile), the stems bear a single flower 10–20 millimetres (0.39–0.79 in) long, with 3–8 translucent petals, 10–12 stamens and a single pistil.[7][8][9][10] It flowers from early summer to early autumn, often a few days after rainfall. The fruit, an oval capsule-like structure, enlarges and becomes upright when the seeds mature, at this point stem and capsule looking desiccated and dark brown or black.

The seeds of M. uniflora are small, ranging between 0.6-0.8 mm in length.[11]


The flowers of M. uniflora are visited by various bee and fly species, most commonly bumblebees.[12] Bumblebees are an important pollen dispersal agent for the plant.


Monotropa uniflora is found in three general distribution areas: Asia, North America, and Central and northern South America. DNA analysis has shown that these three populations are genetically distinct from one another.[1] Furthermore, the North American population and the Central/South American population appear to be more closely related to each other than either are related to the Asian population.

M. uniflora has 48 chromosomes.[13]


The plant has been used as a nervine in herbal medicine since the late nineteenth century.[14]



Indian Pipe on Fundy Ridge

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Late Day Clouds

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Least Sandpiper, Our First Shorebirds

The peeps, Least Sandpiper and Semipalmated Plover will arrive on mass the third week of July

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Raven 300Raven 300

Red Hawkweed

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European Starling

This amazing bird is more a kin to humans than other bird species; intelligent, gregarious, aggressive, devoted to their young and highly adaptable.

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White-winged Crossbills

They are everywhere now and I still have not used my big telephoto-wait for it.

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Yellow Warbler

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]]> (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Fundy Ridge Trail Indian Pipe Nova Scotia Thu, 15 Jul 2021 23:35:39 GMT
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 15, July 13 Laura and I traveled the coastal highway today from Advocate Harbour to Masstown to see family for the first time in two years and to enjoy some good food. The COVID pandemic has been well handled in Nova Scotia with competent leadership from our Chief Medical Officer of Health and two Premiers. Indeed all the Atlantic provinces deserve credit for their competent leadership.

Highlights on route included a visit to Five Islands Provincial Park and also finding some angel wing clams.

Alder Flycatcher

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Angel Wing Clams

It was delight to see beach walkers showing environmental responsibility by displaying these treasures and not pocketing them.


Cyrtopleura costata

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Cyrtopleura costata
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Cyrtopleura costata
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Subclass: Heterodonta
Order: Myida
Superfamily: Pholadoidea
Family: Pholadidae
Genus: Cyrtopleura
C. costata
Binomial name
Cyrtopleura costata
  • Capulus shreevei Conrad, 1869
  • Leuconyx tayleriana H. Adams & A. Adams, 1863
  • Pholas costata Linnaeus, 1758

Cyrtopleura costata, or the angel wing clam, is a bivalve mollusc in the family Pholadidae. It is found in shallow parts of the northwest Atlantic and also in the North Sea of Scotland coastline and west coast of the Adriatic Sea by a remote area in the Marche region in central Italy, living in the seabed, where it digs its burrows on a very slow revolving movement for years through soft sand and mud always to a max depth of 8ft but always below 3 feet (0.91 m) at the lowest tide.[2]


Cyrtopleura costata has a pair of brittle, asymmetric white valves and can grow to about 7 inches (180 mm) in length. The anterior end is elongated and has a rounded point which is used for digging through the substrate. The posterior end is truncated and rounded and near the beak has an apophysis, a wing-like flange, which helps provide an attachment for the foot muscles. On the anterior side of the beak, the margin is smooth and bent slightly upwards. The whole valve has finely sculptured radial ribs which intercept with a series of concentric growth rings parallel with the margin. In the living animal, the valves are covered by the periostracum, a thin grey protective layer of protein which is part of the shell. This layer has usually been stripped away by sand and surf by the time that the empty shells are washed up on the beach, and the valves are usually found singly, because the muscles that hold them together are weak. Internally, the live mollusc has a powerful muscular foot and a pair of long, fused siphons. These siphons are unable to retract back into the shell and as a result, the two valves permanently gape apart.[3]


Cyrtopleura costata is found in shallow seas in the north east Atlantic Ocean between Cape Cod and the Gulf of Mexico.[1] It is also found in the West Indies, Central America and as far south as Brazil. It is commonest in the intertidal zone and just below low water mark.[2]


Cyrtopleura costata lives beneath the surface of the sea bed. It is able to bore through sand, mud, wood, clay and even soft rock using a twisting motion of its pointed, anterior end assisted by jets of water ejected from the mantle cavity. It is a filter feeder. The siphons extend to the surface of the substrate and water is drawn in through one and expelled through the other with microalgae and zooplankton being filtered out as the water passes through the gills. Respiration takes place at the same time. Cilia then waft the food particles to the mouth.[2][3]

Spawning usually takes place in summer. Gametes are passed out of the exhalent siphon and fertilisation takes place externally. After hatching, eggs develop into veliger larvae which are planktonic. After 16 to 21 days these undergo metamorphosis into a pediveliger stage and settle out onto a soft substrate such as sand. There they become juveniles and start burrowing.[2]


Cyrtopleura costata is used as food in Cuba and Puerto Rico. It is a fast-growing species, and it has been investigated for possible use in commercial aquaculture. Under optimal conditions it was found that the larvae were ready to undergo metamorphosis after 12 days, and settlement could be triggered by use of a dilute solution of epinephrine. The clams could reach a marketable size of 6 centimetres (2.4 in) within 6 months.[4]


Angel Wing Clams

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Cape Split

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Eastern Bluebird

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Five Islands Provincial Park

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Port Grenville Beach (sailing ships were built here)

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White-throated Sparrow

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End of Day

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]]> (Canadian Nature Visions) Angel Wing Clams Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Five Islands Provincial Park Nova Scotia Wed, 14 Jul 2021 23:58:58 GMT
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 14, July 12 Today was another gorgeous day; no fog, mild temperature and lots  of sunshine.

We did the Squally Point Trail today a companion to yesterday's Three Sisters Trail. The highlights were finding Lycopods  the oldest plant species known and still growing today. Where's a botanist when you need one?

Another highlight was us meeting White-winged Crossbills. The  crossed bills are an adaption to feeding off cone heads. It's interesting because while I was photographing the scenery I could hear plop...plop...plop as something was falling from above. I thought it was a wind effect but after the third plop I looked up and there they were, working the pine cones and dropping bits as they worked.

Anderson's Cove

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Eastern Bluebird

There is no sign of youngsters emerging yet.

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Palhinhaea cernua with close-up of branch
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Lycophytes
Class: Lycopodiopsida

See Table 1.

Lycopodiopsida is a class of herbaceous vascular plants known as lycopods, lycophytes or other terms including the component lyco-. Members of the class are called clubmosses, firmosses and quillworts. They have dichotomously branching stems bearing simple leaves called microphylls and reproduce by means of spores borne in sporangia on the sides of the stems at the bases of the leaves. Although living species are small, during the Carboniferous, extinct tree-like forms formed huge forests that dominated the landscape and contributed to coal deposits.

The nomenclature and classification of plants with microphylls varies substantially among authors. A consensus classification for extant (living) species was produced in 2016 by the Pteridophyte Phylogeny Group (PPG I), which places them all in the class Lycopodiopsida, which includes the classes Isoetopsida and Selaginellopsida used in other systems. (See Table 2.) Alternative classification systems have used ranks from division (phylum) to subclass. In the PPG I system, the class is divided into three orders, Lycopodiales, Isoetales and Selaginellales.


Club-mosses (Lycopodiales) are homosporous, but the genera Selaginella and Isoetes are heterosporous, with female spores larger than the male, and gametophytes forming entirely within the spore walls. A few species of Selaginella such as S. apoda and S. rupestris are also viviparous; the gametophyte develops on the mother plant, and only when the sporophyte's primary shoot and root is developed enough for independence is the new plant dropped to the ground.[1] Club-moss gametophytes are mycoheterotrophic and long-lived, residing underground for several years before emerging from the ground and progressing to the sporophyte stage.[2]



Lycopod 100Lycopod 100 Lycopod 101Lycopod 101 Lycopod 102Lycopod 102


I don't even try to ID these guys.

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Ancient Beach

Raised up by pressure probably caused by an ice age.

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Pillars-caused by erosion of softer rock around a usually volcanic and harder centre.

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Squally Point Trail

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Stone Pillar 101Stone Pillar 101 Stone Pillar 102Stone Pillar 102 Stone Pillar 103Stone Pillar 103 Stone Pillar 104Stone Pillar 104 Stone Pillar 105Stone Pillar 105 Stone Pillar 106Stone Pillar 106

Swamp Candles

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White-winged Crossbill

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End of Another Fine Day

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]]> (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Lycopods Nova Scotia Pillars Squally Point Trail White-winged Crossbills Wed, 14 Jul 2021 00:03:49 GMT
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 13, July 11 It was a cloudy morning but by noon the sun was shining brightly on a gorgeous day, and quite mild.

Today we did the Three Sisters Trail at Cape Chignecto Provincial Park. Tomorrow it will be its companion, the Squally Point Trail, then the coast to Masstown.

The highlight today was two photos of a Cedar Waxwing collecting nesting material. They are late nesters.

Cedar Waxwing

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Cedar Waxwing 201Cedar Waxwing 201

Eastern Bluebird

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Mill Brook Trail (the beach part)

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Three Sisters Trail

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]]> (Canadian Nature Visions) "Birds of Nova Scotia" "Nova Scotia" Canada Cedar Waxwing Collecting Nesting Material Mill Brook Trail Three Sisters Trail Tue, 13 Jul 2021 00:08:56 GMT
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 12, July 10 It was another gorgeous day, mostly sunny with light winds and moderate temperatures. We visited several places with no usual bird or animal sightings.

Just keep bringing on the good weather. Tomorrow we start working the park trail networks.

Alder Flycatcher

Alder Flycatcher 300Alder Flycatcher 300

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle 200Bald Eagle 200

Brown-eyed Susan and Daisies

Brown-eyed Susan and Daisy 100Brown-eyed Susan and Daisy 100

Cape d'Or

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Chicorey 100Chicorey 100

Chicorey 101Chicorey 101


Coreopsiss 100Coreopsiss 100

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird 600Eastern Bluebird 600 Eastern Bluebird 601Eastern Bluebird 601 Eastern Bluebird 602Eastern Bluebird 602 Eastern Bluebird 603Eastern Bluebird 603


Laura 200Laura 200


Memories 400Memories 400 Memories 401Memories 401


Mullien 100Mullien 100 Mullien 101Mullien 101

Wildflower Bouquet

Mullien-Evening Primrose-St. Johns Wort 100Mullien-Evening Primrose-St. Johns Wort 100

Parrsboro Light

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Waterfall at the Red Rocks

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Forest and Water

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Song Sparrow

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OK, what is it?

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Two Islands

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]]> (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Nova Scotia Parrsboro Wildflowers of Nova Scotia Sun, 11 Jul 2021 23:36:27 GMT
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 11, July 9 Tonight is the night that Post Tropical Storm Elsa hits us with all its fury. Advocate Harbour is slightly south of the projected path of the storm's centreline.  Elsa's frontal boundary is apparent in some photos and there is an overall tranquil feeling of doom and foreboding. We slept through the whole event. It was mostly wind with some isolated power outages.

The Eastern Bluebird's continue to feed their young with ease as both parents deliver goodies at a regular pace. Nest cleanliness is also attended to after most food deliveries.

Common Loon

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Common Yellowthroat

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Eastern Bluebird

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The Approach of Post Tropical Storm Elsa

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Ring-necked Pheasant

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White-throated Sparrow

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]]> (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Eastern Bluebird Nova Scotia Post Tropical Storm Elsa Sat, 10 Jul 2021 23:23:50 GMT
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 10, July 8 It was raining steadily this morning but skies improved in the afternoon as we awaited post tropical storm Elsa.

Some of the wildflower photographs are of escapees but they are still wildflowers, just not native wildflowers like many birds and Eurasian races of humans are not native to this place.

Since every bird and plant on these continents of North and South America were all given names thousands of years ago what gives the Eurasians like me the pretension to rename them all after cities, states or old men that came here later. All names are folk names except the scientific names which is really just a catalogue of species.

American Redstart

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American Redstart 401American Redstart 401


Black-throated Blue Warbler

Blac-throated Blue Warbler 100Blac-throated Blue Warbler 100


Bunchberry 100Bunchberry 100


Bunchberry 101Bunchberry 101

Cape d'Or

Cape d'Or 200Cape d'Or 200 Cinquefoil

Cinqfoil 100Cinqfoil 100

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird 300Eastern Bluebird 300 Eastern Bluebird 301Eastern Bluebird 301 Eastern Bluebird 302Eastern Bluebird 302 Eastern Bluebird 303Eastern Bluebird 303 Eastern Bluebird 306Eastern Bluebird 306 Eastern Bluebird and Canada's Flag 100Eastern Bluebird and Canada's Flag 100 Eastern Bluebird and Canada's Flag 101Eastern Bluebird and Canada's Flag 101


Foxglove 100Foxglove 100 Foxglove 101Foxglove 101 Foxglove 102Foxglove 102

Hairy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker 100Hairy Woodpecker 100


Heal-all 100Heal-all 100


Heal-all 101Heal-all 101

Isle Haute

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Late Day Sky Over Cape Chignecto

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Magnolia Warbler

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Monarch Butterfly

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Sheep Laurel

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Stonecrop 100Stonecrop 100

Yellow Rocket

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]]> (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Eastern Bluebird Nova Scotia Wildflowers of Nova Scotia Fri, 09 Jul 2021 23:50:35 GMT
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 9, July 7 Today we visit the Joggins Fossil Cliffs, a UNISCO World Heritage Site:

The following is courtesy of the Joggins Fossil Institute:


Where the world-famous Bay of Fundy exposes a 300-million-year-old story.

Preserved in nature, uncovered by force. Explore one of nature’s most inspiring creations, where the highest tides in the world reveal the most complete fossil record of the “Coal Age,” 100 million years before the dinosaurs. Every rock holds the possibility of discovery, and our guided tours may lead you to finding a missing piece of time’s puzzle. At Joggins, our backyard may be 300 million years old but every day is different!

The swamp forests produced massive quantities of organic matter that, over millions of years, created the coal deposits for which this period of history is named.

A group of students looking at an exposed fossil tree stump in the cliffs
A group of students looking at an exposed fossil tree stump in the cliffs.

The Joggins Fossil Centre

The Joggins Fossil Centre is situated on the reclaimed site of the Old Joggins No. 7 Coal Mine overlooking the Joggins Fossil Cliffs. The Centre provides an exceptional learning experience, featuring an extensive fossil specimen collection, exhibits, and displays depicting

  • the rich geological history of the Joggins Cliffs
  • the history of scientific discovery at Joggins
  • the history of coal mining that shaped the local community.

Fossils at Joggins

Season and hours

Support the Joggins Fossil Institute

Your donation to the Joggins Fossil Institute helps us conserve and promote the Joggins Fossil Cliffs UNESCO World Heritage Site.


The first thing I do in the morning is check out the Eastern Bluebird nest box. I do not want to miss the fledglings on their first flights. The light is best in the morning. If you visit and an adult bird eats the food intended for the fledglings you are too close. I'm shooting at 1200mm so I am a safe distance away and I never stay for more than 10-15 minutes.

Eastern Bluebird

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Joggins Fossil Cliffs

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Song Sparrow

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Sunset over Cape Chignecto

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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 8, July 6 It was foggy and drizzling in the morning and cloudy bright in the afternoon with no sunset to photograph.

I tried for some bird photography today with some success. The highlight was the Eastern Bluebird actively feeding young. I will watch this next box in hopes of photographing the fledged birds or best of all the parents feeding their young outside the bird box.  In central Canada; Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba environmentalists have set up Blue Bird trails to help this threatened species recover with dozens of Blue Bird and Tree Swallow boxes.

American Redstart

American Redstart 400American Redstart 400

Birdsfoot Trefoil

Birdfoot Trefoil 100Birdfoot Trefoil 100

Black-and-White Warbler

Black-and-White Warbler 100Black-and-White Warbler 100

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing 100Cedar Waxwing 100

Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroat 400Common Yellowthroat 400

Eastern Bluebird

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Laura and wood Pile 101Laura and wood Pile 101 Laura and wood PileLaura and wood Pile

Turkey Vulture (9)  See if you can find them all

Nine Turkey Vultures 100Nine Turkey Vultures 100

Red Hawkweed

Red Hawkweed 100Red Hawkweed 100

Red-eyed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo 100Red-eyed Vireo 100

Ruffed Grouse

Ruffed Grouse 200Ruffed Grouse 200

Swainson's Thrush

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Tree Swallow

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Yellow Warbler

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]]> (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Eastern Bluebird" Nova Scotia Warblers of Nova Scotia Thu, 08 Jul 2021 00:11:57 GMT
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 7, July 5 This was our first day with decent weather. It was cool by the water but one heats up fast hoofing through the bush. Laura and I tried our first trail, the McGahey Brook Canyon Trail. Its was hard trudging all uphill. We heard lots of birds but I only managed a rather sad image of a beloved bird, the woodland soprano, the Winter Wren.

We also enjoyed our first sunset on the trip.

Alder Flycatcher

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Barn Swallow

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Beachfront Home

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Hike Towards the Red Rocks

Beach Walk 100Beach Walk 100

Late Blue Flag Iris

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Bluebell 100Bluebell 100 Bluuebell Mystery Flower 100Bluuebell Mystery Flower 100

Cape Chignecto

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Dumb Beach House

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Lighthouse Home

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The McGahey Brook Canyon Trail

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Organic Salmon Farm

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Our First Sunset

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Winter Wren-This was a blind shot since I Never saw the bird

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Nice Patch of Daisies


]]> (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Chignecto Provincial Park Nova Scotia Wed, 07 Jul 2021 00:30:59 GMT
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 6, July 4 It was the worst day yet with steady rain and wind. Ugh! What does one do on such a day? Exploring is an option and I checked out the road to Eatonville. It's broad and in good condition so I will head into the bowels of the forest and attempt a day of serious bird photography, probably on Tuesday.

I checked out Cape d'Or very quickly. Two large rain splotches on my photographs were my reward for trying.

Cape d'Or

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Cape d'Or |Light

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Haying Aparratus

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Seaside Pond

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For Sale Cheap

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South Branch Apple River

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St. John's Wort

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]]> (Canadian Nature Visions) Canada Cape d'Or Light Homes with Memories Nova Scotia Mon, 05 Jul 2021 23:24:35 GMT
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 5, July 3 The weather continues as wet, windy and gloomy but the fog has lifted somewhat so Isle Haute is now clearly visible, but we have not seen a sunset yet. Birds are mostly hunkered down in this weather but we may have found a Bobolink field and that would be something considering how this species has been trashed by humans.

We will look for Bobolinks when it stops raining, drizzling and misting.

Fish Motif at Advocate

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Blockhouse Hill Home

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Canada Hawkweed

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Parrsboro Light

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Partridge Island

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Partridge Island

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Partridge Island Home

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Red Boat on Beach

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Red Boat on Beach

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The Shed

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Yellow Loosestrife

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Yellow Loosestrife and Red Roses

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]]> (Canadian Nature Visions) Canada Lights of Nova Scotia Nova Scotia Parrsboro Light Wildflowers Wildflowers of Nova Scotia Sun, 04 Jul 2021 21:26:29 GMT
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 4, July 2 Yes folks, it was yet another day of fog, rain and gloom. On the up side the weather is cool, a two sweater walk this evening, and we are sleeping better than we have in a long time.

We are struggling with some plant identifications so please send me a note if we got something wrong. Internet searches are slow and unreliable since many photo postings are incorrectly identified.

The weather is predicted to be worse tomorrow. We have still not hiked a woodland trail where all the good stuff is; birds, plants and woodland scenes.

A park officer reported a bear on the Eatonville Road. That news cut our evening walk short.

High Tide at the Advocate Dock

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Canada Hawkweed

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Evening Primrose

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Giant Hogweed

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Hop Clover

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Lobster Boat at High Tide Advocate Dock

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Lobster Boat at High Tide Advocate Dock

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Hairy Beard Tongue


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Multiflora Rose

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Pearly Everlasting




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Rabbit's Foot Clover




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St. John's Wort




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]]> (Canadian Nature Visions) Advocate Dock Canada Chignecto Provincial Park Fishing Boats Nova Scotia wildflowers Sat, 03 Jul 2021 22:58:16 GMT
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 3, July 1 It was another day of fog, rain and gloom. We drove to the Joggins Fossil Cliffs and Amherst for an outing but a walkabout was impractical. This evening we may take a walk up the Eatonville Road if the rain holds off. It was along this road that I shot my best Mourning Warbler photos several years ago.

Advocate Dock at Low Tide

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Advocate Home

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Breakwater at a Home

It was foolishly built at sea level.

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Local Art

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Advocate Dock at Low Tide

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Advocate Dock at Low Tide

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Advocate Dock at Low Tide

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Advocate Dock at Low Tide

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Advocate Dock at Low Tide

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Advocate Dock at Low Tide

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Montage of Fish

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Grey Catbird

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Advocate Dock at Low Tide

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Advocate Dock at Low Tide

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Red Rocks

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Coastal Wall of Red Roses

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Cobweb at Work

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]]> (Canadian Nature Visions) Advocate Advocate Homes Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Fishing Boats Grey Catbird Nova Scotia Red Rocks Fri, 02 Jul 2021 20:47:41 GMT
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 2, June 30 I used to identify plants from the records on my own website but alas the internet service out here are so slow I cannot download it. We are trying to identify plants and flowers from memory. Yes, all of our nature books are packed and in storage as well. The internet doesn't help much either due to slow speeds. I now clearly understand what country folks have been complaining about having to live without high speed internet service. Times and expectations do change.

The weather continues to treat us with fog, drizzle, thunder showers but cool temperatures.



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Red Rose

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Song Sparrow

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]]> (Canadian Nature Visions) Angelica Canada Great Blue Heron Luppin Nature Nova Scotia Nova Scotia Ovenbird Raven Song Sparrow Yarrow Thu, 01 Jul 2021 21:51:34 GMT
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 1 , June 29 This is our first day at Advocate Harbour. The weather was mostly fog with sunny breaks.

 Wildflower Display

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Driftwood on Beach Ridge

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Columbine and Beatle

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Savannah Sparrow

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]]> (Canadian Nature Visions) Canada Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Nova Scotia Povincial Parks of Nova Scotia Wildflower Displays Thu, 01 Jul 2021 16:26:43 GMT
Yellow Lady's Slipper Orchid I went to the West Hants limestone lands to photograph the Yellow Lady's Slipper Orchid. Sadly the environmental terrorists have torn out more of the Yellow Lady's Slipper Orchid, a protected species. These photos are low resolution and taken a few days before our departure to Advocate Harbour.

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]]> (Canadian Nature Visions) Canada Nova Scotia Orchids of Nova Scotia Yellow Lady's Slipper Orchid Thu, 01 Jul 2021 13:28:00 GMT
American Redstart The American Redstart with the folk name of Butterfly Bird (an improved name) is prolific in Nova Scotia. It arrives late and leaves early since it is a long distance migrant. These are low resolution files, 250K or less.

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]]> (Canadian Nature Visions) American Redstart Birds of Nova Scotia Butterfly Bird Canada Nova Scotia Warblers of Nova Scotia Thu, 01 Jul 2021 13:15:28 GMT
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Laura and I are re-homing. We have 37 days to wait before our new place is completed so a 37 night trip to advocate Harbour is our plan. From this place we can visit:










I had to pack my computer so I cannot process my 117GB RAW files from my Sony mirrorless camera or my 40GB RAW files from my walkabout/hiking camera on my laptop computer. I will store all the RAW files on my external drive and use reduced 250K (less if cropped) files for our blog record of the trip. There will be  a loss of image quality in both definition (sharpness) and colour definition.

Internet is slow out this way and is through a phone line. Typing on the tiny keyboard of my laptop gets some getting used to after being trained on a full sized keyboard but I will struggle along.

I will post daily updates. So far its been fog, rain and wind but the temperature is cool, thank you very much.

Advocate Harbour and Area

]]> (Canadian Nature Visions) Advocate Harbour Canada Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Nova Scotia Provincial Parks of Nova Scotia Thu, 01 Jul 2021 13:04:05 GMT
Common Yellowthroat