Just Because This Makes Me Smile

There is something about this image that made me smile at the moment I first saw the scene and then the photograph. It’s hard to define, but it’s undeniable and I would not want to deny something that brings happiness simply in being.

I hope it brings some joy into your Friday and lingers over the weekend, too.

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Belted Galloway Cattle in Nova Scotia

This sleek and healthy looking herd of Belted Galloway cattle are on a farm which is only a few miles down the road from where we live. It is unusual to see these cattle, at least around here so I thought I would share this image, with the Farm Friday fans.

Farm Friday is a theme curated by myself, +Steven Kennard +Susanne Stelle and +Alessia De Bonis – the page is +Farm Friday and we always welcome farming related submissions to our theme. The catchphrase for #farmfriday is "No Farms, No Food".

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Because Everyone Needs a Little Peace and Tranquility

The coast of Nova Scotia is varied in its makeup, even along stretches of the same beach. You can be clambering over boulders, walking through mud with long bright green sea grasses underfoot or across pebbles and then suddenly come to an expanse of sand reminiscent of the most beautiful tropical beaches. The gentle lapping of the waves as the tide recedes has a calming effect on our minds that can get through to us and have a positive affect on the rest of our day in spite of the stressful lives we live.

This is Kingsport Beach in the Minas Basin, Nova Scotia, looking at the cliffs of Blomidon in the distance.

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Fingers of Light

Why is it that when you have an actual appointment (with a time, rather than a vague 'see you tomorrow morning') you see a scene before you that is so unusual and beautiful that it forces you to stop? I hate being late, but with such moments, you just have to pull over and pick up the camera (I was so glad I had it with me). This was such a scene. I hadn't time to compose it carefully, nor to deliberate as to the best vantage point. I was on a road, traffic was passing us and this severely restricted me. I took 2 photographs and then had to get back into the car and carry on. The fingers of light were reaching down through the clouds towards the hills that were shrouded in mist. The Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia.

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The Last Summer Holiday Weekend

It's a long weekend here and the weather is beginning to get much cooler at night. For many this weekend will mark the official end of their summer fun on the beach. I took this photo as I started out on my walk along the shore.  As I came back at the end of my walk, it had begun to pour with rain and as I got closer to where they had been playing, I saw these children all huddled under a huge beach umbrella. They didn't seem at all put out by the downpour, but were giggling and laughing under their shelter in their bright clothes making a splash of colour against the grey stones and sand. They had the sun in their hearts and that was all that mattered.

Enjoy your weekend, however you spend it.

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My First Long Exposure – Atlantic Coast, Nova Scotia

On Monday we had a wonderful day out with G+ friends Alex and Linda who were visiting our Province. We took them to some of our favourite places on the Atlantic Coast and finally I was able to do a long exposure photograph. This is something that I've been wanting to do for over a year – since I was studying landscape photography in a mentorship by +Sairam Sundaresan. To get the effect I was after, I needed to go to a place where there are waves and movement of water. +Linda Villers will tell you that our waves are pathetic by the standards of those who live on the Pacific coast (and they're pretty measly in comparison to those on the coast of the North Sea, too, I have to admit). But they are the closest things to moving water that I could find. And so, with the help of +Steven Kennard and +Alex Lapidus (thanks a lot, both of you) I got my tripod and camera set up, filter in place and finally achieved my goal. The cormorants on the rock were most obliging and obviously barely moved during the exposure.

So here is my first long exposure photograph. I hope to get others some day, but I might have to move closer to some 'real' waves to get them!

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Happy Feet

There are reasons to believe that having bare feet on the ground (earth, sand grass etc.) without any man made substance to come between is an important way to become 'grounded' and to disperse the electrical energy that we are absorbing all day from the appliances and gadgets and wiring that surround us even when we don't see them. I know that after walking on the beach, with our bare feet getting sandy, muddy or wet from the salt water, we all feel refreshed and energized, even sleeping better. For that reason I tend to believe that this recommendation is worth following whenever we can.

I liked one of the comments on my original posting, made by +Jasbir S. Randhawa and so I have borrowed it for the title of this image. Originally posted for #wordlessonwednesday , the image had no title, no caption and no text with it (to comply with the 'rules'). I have to say that I also liked some of the other comments which would have made an excellent title, such as "6 feet, not quite under' by +John Ashton.

These were, indeed, happy feet, feet belonging to friends on a walk on the beach which has some areas of lovely reddish sand. The fourth set of happy feet which are missing from the scene are the four belonging to Joni, our dog, as she was, no doubt, running along the shore with her ball in her mouth at the time this was taken.

 

Happy Feet

There are reasons to believe that having bare feet on the ground (earth, sand grass etc.) without any man made substance to come between is an important way to become 'grounded' and to disperse the electrical energy that we are absorbing all day from the appliances and gadgets and wiring that surround us even when we don't see them. I know that after walking on the beach, with our bare feet getting sandy, muddy or wet from the salt water, we all feel refreshed and energized, even sleeping better. For that reason I tend to believe that this recommendation is worth following whenever we can. 

I liked one of the comments on my original posting, made by +Jasbir S. Randhawa and so I have borrowed it for the title of this image. Originally posted for #wordlessonwednesday , the image had no title, no caption and no text with it (to comply with the 'rules'). I have to say that I also liked some of the other comments which would have made an excellent title, such as "6 feet, not quite under' by +John Ashton.

These were, indeed, happy feet, feet belonging to friends on a walk on the beach which has some areas of lovely reddish sand. The fourth set of happy feet which are missing from the scene are the four belonging to Joni, our dog, as she was, no doubt, running along the shore with her ball in her mouth at the time this was taken.

Beach Home for Sale. Great View of the Bay

 (if at times a bit close for comfort)

The red cliffs along the bay of the Minas Basin, off the Bay of Fundy are constantly being whittled away by the relentless daily tides and the wind and weather. Many of the residents whose cottages are perilously close to the cliff edge have paid huge sums of money to have rocks and even giant boulders piled at the base of their properties in an attempt to slow the steady erosion of their land. 

The interesting results of this natural sculpturing are rock formations and caves that have been carved out as if by troglodyte builders, preparing dwellings for miniature people to inhabit. This particular one reminds us of a real sculpted giant shell which is in the town of Sarlat, near where we used to live. I imagine every tourist who has visited that town has a picture of his children inside the walls of that shell. Do people take photographs of their children in this? Possibly they do, but I doubt that many venture very far along this beach to discover these tidal caves.

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