Sullivan’s Pond

One of my favorite places in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia is a pond near downtown called Sullivan’s Pond. This beautiful pond is a favorite among locals and is part of the Shubenacadie Canal system which streches from the Halifax Harbour to the Bay of Fundy. Yesterday we visited both Sullivan’s Pond and the Salt Marsh Trail in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia a community in Dartmouth. I love the pond because it is so serene and beautiful and is a wonderful place to spend a few hours. Dartmouth actually has a lot to offer in the way of parks, trails, beaches and all kinds of other places to explore. Lot’s of places to take photos!

Sullivan’s Pond is a small artificial lake in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The fountain was a beautiful addition that became operational in December 2006. The Shubenacadie Canal was begun in 1826 but not completed until 1861 and was closed 10 years later in 1871 due to competition from the Nova Scotia Railway.
Last year there was a lot of construction at the entrance of the pond from at the Dartmouth Harbour end. They replaced a lot of the piping the ran under the roads and opened up a part of the water flow with a new foot bridge. This is part of what it looks like. I will be honest. I am not tall enough to get a good shot I had to go through the rungs of the bridge to get this but I love the way it turned out.
Two of the seven Emden Geese that live at Sullivan’s pond during the warmer months. Over the winter they are taken care of by Hope for Wildlife volunteers I believe if I remember correctly somewhere off site. They have been taught to to use the cross walk to safely roam the neighbourhood and go to the community center across the pond. There used to be nine geese but last year 2 were hit and killed in the crosswalk. There was a lot of people really upset and angry over the incident though the driver was never charged.
I believe these are the same two geese as the above picture but I could be wrong, between them is one of the many ducks that make the pond their summer home.
The park has some pretty flowers. I tried to get a good shot of some pink rhododendron but it was kind windy and it was hard to get it to focus.
I believe this is a pink lilac bush that was in the park surrounding the pond. I don’t remember what the plaque said but looking up pink lilac’s I would say that’s what it is. It sure smelled like lilacs.

We had a great time and really enjoyed the sunshine and warmer weather. It was only about 18°C but but it was clear and sunny with just enough clouds for a beautiful sky. I can’t wait to go back again. Since this was the weekend of birthday’s we didn’t go very far but since we will be going camping at Blomidon Provincial Park next weekend we figured that was fine.

Rissers Beach

One of my favorite camping spots, beaches and boardwalks in Nova Scotia is called Rissers Beach which is a beach about 20 minutes from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. Ever since the first time I visited which was about 10 years ago I have loved going there. It’s a provincial park that has a campground, boardwalk, beach and much more. We have camped there a few times over the years including the summer before last in 2016. It’s a white sand beach that is fairly safe as it is really shallow for quite a ways out, has very little for riptides and was rally popular with the locals before being opened in the 1970s.

Sorry about the thing on my lens on the photo above in the top left corner. It’s gone it seems from later photos so I assume it was a hair or something that just blew onto the lens the blew away again. I love how blue the water was when we went. It was a beautiful hot sunny day. It reached 30°C and with the humidity was closer to 35. Perfect beach day. The water was nice and cool but not freezing considering it was only the 1st of June. Some spots it was actually quite warm.

The image above was just before we got to the sand in the one above. It was up along a wooded path that runs alongside the beach. It’s nice to walk. Some parts of it go over marsh and are actually boardwalks:

I love the hill in the background in the picture below. Edward loves it too. Every time we come here and walk it we fall in love with the place all over again. It was a picture perfect day. Seriously it couldn’t have been any better. It would have been too hot I think for walking around Tancook Island as I mentioned was originally planed in my last post. Maybe sometimes things are meant to be. We’ll get to Tancook before the summer is out.

The boardwalk wraps around a wooded and marsh area. I love the colors in the grass and sky. I love how serene and pretty the place is. Even when the campground and beach is full of people you can still walk around the boardwalk without constantly bumping into people.

I don’t know why but I am in love with taking pictures of boardwalks. They are so pretty. I love the architecture in them, the lines and contrast between the light wood and the bright colors surrounding them. They just really photograph well I find.

The top of the rails on the side were covered in a moss or a moss like plant. I tried to get a good shot of it. I love how it looked on the rails. It’s growing right out of the wood. It’s amazing what amuses me.

On the road back to Bridgewater we noticed an old mill with a little bit of a waterfall or rapids beside it. I took a picture of the building. I am not sure why. I just found it really neat. I love abandoned buildings too. One day I would like to photograph some of the abandoned buildings all over Nova Scotia. We have so many of them.

Here is the rapids or small waterfall beside it. There was a bigger waterfall on the other side of the road but the bride scared me a little so I wouldn’t go near the edge. I am really not a fan of heights and it was really rickety.

I love how the water turned out in the picture above. I rested it on the rail of the bridge on that side because it seemed sturdier and not that high. It never occurred to me until after that had it given away I would have fallen into that and right over the larger waterfall on the other side of the bridge that I was to scared to go to

All in all it was a wonderful day. I wish we had gotten to Tancook but if we did then we would never have seen all this and I wouldn’t have gotten these pictures. I am sure I would have gotten great ones on Tancook Island as well but either way, we will still get there

Tancook Island, Indian Falls & Blue Rocks

On Friday Eddie and I had planned a trip to Tancook Island which I was really looking forward to. Even though we left on time and should have got there in time ended up driving around looking for the ferry and then parking and ended up missing it by 2 minutes! I was so mad. It was my own fault. I got us lost and I stopped at Tim Horton’s to send him in to get himself a coffee and to ask for directions but somehow we ended up just missing it. After parking and walking 5 or so minutes down to it we watched it pull away :( At first I was just mad and wanted to just go home. It was a 40 minute drive from Halifax though and I was really in the mood to be outside and walking and taking pictures.

Initially we were going to do this on Tancook, it’s not a large island, it’s actually two islands, Big Tancook Island and Little Tancook Island and the only cars really on the island are unregistered cars that are just used to get around the island. Residents leave their cars in Chester where the ferry goes to the island from. It’s really kind of neat from what I have heard. They have one of Canada’s last one-room schoolhouses which is from Primary (Kingergarden) to Grade 5 and only has 5 students. I assume older students go to the middle school and high school in the Chester area.

Since we didn’t end up going we decided to go to Indian Falls instead. We are going to attempt Tancook Island again in 2 or 3 weeks. I literally just googled waterfalls near us and that was the first one that came up. We decided to make a day of it and then go to Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia and then Rissers Beach which is one of my favorite places in Nova Scotia. I am going to split this up into two posts. Indian Falls and Blue Rocks in this one and Rissers Beach on it’s own.

Indian Falls is pretty, it’s not the most beautiful waterfall I have seen but it is still really pretty. The picture below is from below the falls, there is a little path and stairs down the side of the falls which goes to the pool below which you can swim in in the summer.

This image was from the top of the falls, there was a little picnic area and a bench to sit on before going down the path and stairs I mentioned above. It was amazing the volume of water flowing through the falls, though it is not a large falls it has a lot of water flowing through it right now. Likely because it’s still spring.

This next one is my favorite picture from Indian Falls. I was trying to figure out how to capture the water and make it looks silky. Still a work in progress. I still don’t have a tripod but I rested it on a rock for this one. This was just at the top of the falls to the right of where I took the picture above. There was little rapids just before the falls.

Last one is the same spot as above but zoomed in a bit more, again I was just playing around with the settings on my camera to try capture the waters flow and in some spots like this it was sort of flowing back on itself because of rocks in the way. It was pretty.

After we left Indian Falls we headed to Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia, a quaint little fishing village outside Lunenburg. We didn’t time it very well because the tide was really high covering the rocks so I didn’t actually get any shots of the rocks. We will have to try that one again as well some other time. It was still really pretty though and we caught this coming into Bridgewater, Nova Scotia (sorry the image is a little fuzzy because I zoomed in and was sitting the camera on top of a running car :

I am not a 100% sure but I think that is the Bluenose II tall ship which was launched in 1963 and was built by many of the same people who built the original Bluenose which was launched in 1921 from Lunenburg, Nova Scotia and sunk in 1946 near Haiti. She’s a beautiful ship! I have had the pleasure of seeing her in the Halifax Harbour a number of times and have been on her once in the Harbour (while docked). Below you can just see her in the right hand side at passing by us at Blue Rocks:

That’s it for this post. I will post a second post with the pictures from Rissers Beach in a few days. There is too many photos to put them all into one post. I will group them all together in the gallery later when I add them. This coming weekend will be a bit of a break because Eddie works Saturday. I have Friday, Saturday and Sunday off but we are going to a friends birthday party Friday, Eddie works Saturday and he works Sunday. So only Friday we have off together. We will maybe do something more local like a walk at the Salt Marsh Trail maybe which happens to be one of my favorite trails within the Halifax Regional Municipality.

Pockwock Falls & Halifax Public Gardens

Edward and I hiked early this afternoon to Pockwock Falls and then went to lunch at Vernon’s Thunderbird Diner and ended the afternoon at the Halifax Public Gardens. This was my plan since last weekend. With the exception of Vernon’s Thunderbird Diner which was sort of a spur of the moment thing. I already have next weekend planned as well, the Chester Connection Trail and a walk through the Town of Chester. I am excited to walk the Chester Connection Trail again. I used to walk it a lot when I lived in Chester a few years ago. The featured image above was from the Halifax Public Gardens. I have to work a little more on my focus and lighting but I really am enjoying macro photography the most.

This is pretty much the only photo I got of the Pockwock Falls and it is not the best photo because I was literally on a small rocky cliff over the water that was all mossy and wet and so full of bugs that I had a hard time standing still as I was getting eaten alive. It was a bit of a boring walk to the falls but it was down a road called Camptown Road which is part of the Old Annapolis Road. According to Wikipedia:

Work began in 1784 and was resumed in 1816 as a military settlement plan for Napoleonic War veterans. Known various times as the Annapolis Military Road, the Dalhousie Road and the Kempt Road, it led to some successful settlements but was never completed and was abandoned in 1829.

It just looks like a trail now but you can almost imagine the horse and buggy’s traveling to Annapolis on it! It was a bit of a boring but quick walk down only about 30 minutes. Then another 5-10 minutes following the river upstream to the waterfall. It was just before an old coach bridge. When we stepped off the path to go into the woods it was muddy and I just about lost my sneaker in the mud and went right over my ankle in the mud but it was worth it We are going to have to go back before the summer is out, covered in insect repellent and hike the other side as you can get to the top of the waterfall.

After this about 2:30 pm we headed for Vernon’s Thunderbird Diner and I am sorry to say that once again I did not think to take any pictures there, not even with my camera. The food was pretty good, no the best I have had at a diner but by far not the worst either. I had the classic burger and fries and a chocolate milkshake and Edward had a monarch cheeseburger and fries and a coffee and we shared potato skins.

After that about 3:30 or 4 pm we headed back into Halifax to the Halifax Public Gardens for a nice stroll through the gardens. I got a lot more pictures at the Public Gardens. I will admit I do not know the names of most of the flowers with the exception of the tulips. Maybe Susanne might. I am hoping Here are a few of the nicer ones I took.

There are a few more as well. If you would like to see the rest you can see them here. I am pretty satisfied with how most of them turned out. There is even more then what is in the gallery as well. I just didn’t get them all edited in Lightroom. I just tackled my favorites. All in all it was a wonderful weekend.

Yesterday we changed the tires over to all season ones on our car. We had 3 good tires and one passable one so we put them all on without having to buy any yet. This year we will need to get 2 new winters and next year 2 new all seasons. We had another piece of metal in one tire though and had to have it plugged We also worked in the backyard with my Dad, well Eddie more then me. There wasn’t much I could do really. They are pretty close I think to being able to get the pool up. I can’t wait! I love to swim Friday we went to the Casino Nova Scotia for my Dad’s 66th Birthday. It was nice to have today off. My next long weekend is the weekend of June 10th, Mom’s Birthday. I always have the Friday & Saturday off and I took the Sunday as well and as well as Sunday June 27th I believe. I know I have 2 Sundays in June.

Oh and I did a new theme. I used the Underscores starter theme and designed it myself. I still need to tweak a few things like the comments layout and there is no search which I want to add it somehow. I will figure that out at some point this week. I am going to keep using Underscores I think. I like it. There is a lot you can do with it and it saves from making everything from scratch, it is mostly just adding CSS and changing a few things or adding a few things. It’s a simple theme but I like it.

Well that was my weekend in a nutshell. How was yours?

 

 

Quebec City & St. Lawrence River in August!

I have a week of vacation booked from August 26th to the 30th and I don’t work the 24th and 25th or the 31st and 1st of September either (weekend before and after vacation) so that is 9 days in a row off. I mention this to my Mom as I wanted to see about borrowing their camper for the week to go camping somewhere close by. Instead my Mom came up with the idea that her, my father, Edward and I go camping along the St. Lawrence River in New Brunswick & Quebec all the way to Quebec City.

I have been through Quebec City before mostly just driving through it or around it or going through it on a train but I have never really walked around in Quebec City or seen any of the sights. I am really excited to go. My parents have been before buy my husband has never been near there. Neither of us have been along the St. Lawrence river, though my parents have.

Last real vacation I had for a week at a time that I went anywhere was 2 years ago when Edward and I got married and we went camping for a week at Falls Lake. Last year I took a week but stayed at home and Edward worked so I pretty much just watched tv at home. This will be a lot more fun

I plan to bring my camera obviously and take lots and lots of pictures. We will all be going in my parents van together and leaving our car home. My brother also likely will not be able to come as he will need to work. I also forgot to mention Mary Ellen who is a family friend who was here for a few months in 2016 when Eddie and I got married is back for two months this summer. She arrived on Tuesday last week. She will already have gone back home to Ontario by the time we go though.