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.

Peggy’s Cove

So I decided since yesterday was Saturday and since I was feeling miserable with a cold that it was time to get out, get some fresh air and let Edward drive somewhere new and ignore the fact I felt like crap. So he drove us to Peggy’s Cove just outside Halifax. It was a beautiful day to go since it was 20°C out. It wasn’t super busy. Lots of room for climbing on the rocks and taking photos.

First we found a path between the Swiss Air Flight 111 Memorial and Peggy’s Cove so that I could get some photos from further away and then we went into Peggy’s Cove to go walk on the rocks and take pictures. It was beautiful but windy which was perfect for some nice wave pictures as well. This has always been one of my favorite places to go for a walk or to take pictures

This was also my first time ever using Adobe Lightroom CC to edit the pictures. I am actually pretty impressed with what I accomplished with it. They looked great on the camera screen but even better after editing. I am so happy I decided to buy the photography plan. I am really enjoying this again. I forgot how good photography and webdesign and blogging made me feel.

Maybe I will start with a bare bones framework and design my site from scratch. I’m not that good at coding and am not great with PHP but I do know HTML and CSS and I am all for teaching myself new things. Last time I tried it didn’t work out so well but I am not one to give up. So here’s to learning new things! This is going to be a great summer

First up we have a shot from the path between Peggy’s cove and the memorial:

Here’s a nice shot of a retreating wave, this was down right on the rocks around the Lighthouse. I was trying to play with the shutter speed, aperture and ISO but I’ll be honest I have no idea what I am doing so it didn’t work the way I had hoped but still turned out pretty nice anyways. I guess I will be looking up some tutorials on capturing water.

I took this one from the path as well with a 75-300mm lens that came with my camera. It just came with the two but it’s good enough to start out with. No point buying more or upgrading until I get better.

Another wave shot. This one I was also on the rocks a little further from the lighthouse but still accessible from the main parking lot. I love waves.

I think this was another shot right around the same spot as the one above:

This was also taken from the path by the memorial. I love how colorful the buildings in the little town are:

 

Not sure why I took this but I love it. It was also on the path before we got to Peggy’s Cove. It was a bit muddy walking down to it and I soaked my socks and sneakers and scratched the crap out of my legs through the brambles on the path walking down but it was well worth it. I almost forgot I had a bad cold at this point.

Another couple of wave shots down on the rocks near the lighthouse. I love how blue the ocean is. It really was that blue.

Last but not least a close up of the Peggy’s Cove lighthouse. According to Wikipedia the Village of Peggy’s Cove

The first recorded name of the cove was Eastern Point Harbour or Peggs Harbour in 1766. The village is likely named after Saint Margaret’s Bay (Peggy being the nickname for Margaret), which Samuel de Champlain named after his mother Marguerite.

I find that pretty interesting. I didn’t know this until I looked it up. You take for granted the places around you and don’t always know the history I find if you grow up there or you have been there a long long time as I have (over 20 years)

I am very happy how the pictures turned out since it is the first time in over two years I have even touched the camera really and it’s has got me wanting more. I can’t wait to get out and explore this summer. I have booked off like 6 long weekends between now and September at work and a full week in August around our 2 year wedding anniversary to go camping and to go explore places and really have a good time. I figure I get all this vacation, why not right?

Time for some questions for you guys: What are you passionate about? What makes you feel better when your sick? Do you have a hobby?

Photoshop/Lightroom

I am so excited I purchased a year of the Photography plan for Photoshop & Lightroom. I have never used Lightroom before but love using Photoshop. I really want to get back into photography since I have a perfectly good camera sitting on a shelf at home doing nothing. A Cannon Rebel T5 DSLR. Which I bought 2 or 3 years ago now. I’m even still paying on it and it has been sitting in my closet. What a waste. Time to get some use out of it and maybe concentrate on something other then diabetes.

So to help with that I purchased an annual plan that includes Photoshop CC, Lightroom CC, Lightroom Classic CC and 20GB of cloud storage which I really don’t need but why not since it comes with it. I am so excited to play around with it and do some tutorials and such. If anyone has any suggestions please let me know! I used to spend hours playing around with Photoshop.

I miss spending hours on my website and designing and just playing around. I need something to distract me so this seemed like a good plan. I know Edward was a little more cautious about it because for us it’s a bit of money to fork out right now but honestly it’s only $15 a month ($180/year) but I so badly wanted it. I downloaded yesterday evening and have been playing with it ever since