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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 26, July 24

July 25, 2021

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.

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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.

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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.