Monday, August 31, 2009

Yellow Buildings

This is the last in my Mahone Bay series. I have visited this town several times and have more photos of the colourful houses and buildings. Today I am sharing photos of yellow buildings.

The first two images show views of a B&B located on the main street. I really liked the decorative woodwork on the veranda. The third photo shows a side view of Have a Yarn, a business on the main street and the last two photos show interesting windows on a large yellow house.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Colourful Buildings

If you visit Mahone Bay, you will see a main street that is lined on both sides with many colourful shops.

When I saw the building in the first photo (The Tea Brewery) I thought it was new so when I got home I went back through photos from a previous trip. I did have a photo of the property which enabled me to prove I was right. This large colourful building really stands out!

The second photo shows a clothing store (I am not sure of the name and can't see a sign on the store) and the third is an ice cream store.

The blue building is della Perla, a jewelry store and the purple one is called the Cheesecake Gallery.

You may have noticed that I took the photos of these buildings from the opposite side of the street. To capture each image I had to wait for cars and people to pass.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Interesting Things

Today I am sharing photos of interesting "things" that I saw outside stores on the main street of Mahone Bay. I liked the blue bicycle that someone had obviously painted and used as a decoration.

Close examination of the colourful flowers in the second photo shows that the bases are made of pieces of tree trunks, the stems are made of tree branches and the leaves and petals have been cut from wood and painted. The stars in the third photo were cut from wood and painted with straw tied around them.

Look closely at the seat of the chair in the fourth photo. I assume it was used in homes before we had toilets. It looks a lot more comfortable than using a big chamber pot in the middle of the night, like I did when visiting relatives who didn't have toilets.

The last photo shows a bench made from unfinished wood. Note the angled tree branch in the front that adds support to the seat and legs.

Friday, August 28, 2009


As I walked around Mahone Bay I photographed the colourful houses and many interesting windows and doors, a favourite photo theme of mine. Today I am sharing three of the photos.

The first two windows were in p'lovers, an environmental store. I assume it is a chain because there are other stores with the same name around Nova Scotia. The third shows the decorative entrance to a B & B on the main street.

The fourth photo shows the door to Have a Yarn which sells Quality Yarn and Wool Supplies. The last photo shows the door to a building, but I am not sure if it a private home or business.

Thursday, August 27, 2009


In Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia I wandered through a small market that was located outside a deli and sandwich shop. Even though it was fairly dull, I decided to make a few photos of the produce, most of which had stickers on them. When I got home and saw the photos, I was disappointed that I didn't take more pictures. I had increased the ISO settings on the camera and the lighting was actually really nice.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


While in Nova Scotia I visited Halifax Harbour and walked along the boardwalk, which is always quite busy. There were quite a few musicians performing and I made photos of them as I walked along.

The first guitarist wasn't aware of me and was concentrating on the tune he was playing. The young girl and her sister were performing under supervision of an adult who I assumed was her father. The young man playing the drums was part of a three man band.

When I am making candid photos like these, I don't usually listen to entire performances because of time constraints. If I did, I wouldn't get a chance to see (and photograph) everything that is going on.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


A couple of days ago I hiked my way to the mountains out back. As I was walking along the trail I saw a female moose looking directly at me. Of course I started taking pictures and she just continued to stare at me. Each time I clicked the shutter she would move her ears but she relaxed a little and after a short time she ignored me and started eating the alders along the trail.

The moose kept coming towards me and I kept right on shooting. Then, a calf came into view. At that point I got a little nervous because it was only 30 feet away and female moose are unpredictable when they have a calf. She just continued to eat and moved even closer.

She walked to within 20 feet, then started snorting which made me even more nervous. She directed the young one into the trees and took one final look at me, snorted several times, then disappeared along with the calf.

Being so close to such a large animal was a beautiful experience, and even though I was a little nervous, I managed to take 125 photos in the 7 minutes that we observed each other.

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Salvage 5

This is the last in my Salvage series for now. I hope you have enjoyed the virtual tours of Newfoundland communities that I shared throughout the summer. I have received many comments about our province and several people have said they plan to visit as a result of these tours.

Even though Hurricane Bill was still a Category 1 Hurricane when it passed through Newfoundland and dropped heavy rains and wind, there have been few reports of damage. According to reports, the reason there was little damage was because the storm picked up speed and didn't have time to drop as much rain as predicted. At 6 am, there were patches of blue sky here in Holyrood.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Salvage 4

Today I am continuing with my Salvage series. The first four photos were taken from across the harbour using my 75-300 mm lens. This lens allows me to show closer views of the houses and stages in the town. The last was taken with a wide angle lens. This view shows the harbour but does not allow you to see details of the buildings.

Just to give you an update on the weather situation I referred to. Today's forecast says that when "Bill" hits southeastern Newfoundland it will be classified as a tropical storm and will bring around 100 mm of rain in 6-10 hours with winds up to 120 km/hr. There is a danger of flooding with so much rain in a short period of time.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Salvage 3

You can see from today's photos that it was a beautiful, calm summer day when I visited Salvage in July. Their was hardly a ripple on the ocean or clouds in the sky; great for making photographs.

The weather tomorrow and Monday won't be quite as good - we're expecting Hurricane Bill to bring heavy rain and strong winds. The storm is still too far away, but the most recent prediction I heard was that it could be a Category 1 hurricane when it crosses the Avalon Peninsula. We've had lots of storms that were the remnants of hurricanes, but I don't remember a full-fledged hurricane of any category hitting our province. I wonder if its another sign of global warming.

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