Trip update and new developments

April 28, 2009

Hello again!

I figured a new post was in order as it is taking longer than expected to put together the story of the Boundary Rock Expedition earlier in the month.  As far as you knew, I went off in search of Boundary Rock, and never returned.  This post will not be about the trip, but will serve more as an appetiser, a promise that it is on it’s way and maybe a bit of a diversion to buy me more time to finish the photo essay detailing the trip.

In the past few weeks much has happened here.  Since the trip, I have moved to Fredericton, New Brunswick and am settling in here nicely.  The public library is displaying photography of New Brunswick waterfalls which has inspired me to do some more exploring.  The difference here is that it’s all new to me.  I know Fredericton well, but the surrounding area is still uncharted territory.  So, I became inspired by this display and found the lovely blog:  Waterfalls of New Brunswick.  I have spent the last week or so exploring the region, mostly searching for these waterfalls and hiking through the outskirts of Fredericton and the beauty of it amazes me.  This being said, I would like to expand the focus of this blog to the maritime provinces, as I am no longer a resident of Nova Scotia (although in my heart it will always be home) and now I will begin to explore some places that are new to me.

Now, you’ve probably come to this site to see some photos, and certainly not to hear me babble on…  so let’s cut to the chase, shall we?

Retired Row Boat

Retired Row Boat

A boat, left alongside a river near Port Elgin, NB, fades away into the long grass.

Abandoned PEI

Abandoned NB - In the Shadow

Driving along the road from Shediac to the Confederation Bridge and on to Charlottetown there are an incredible number of abandoned houses.  I was here picking up my sister from University, so I didn’t have all day to explore, but I did manage to stop and get a few photos of these relics.

Abandoned PEI

Abandoned PEI - Green Roof

This house is closer to Charlottetown.  There is a real sense of consistency in the region, on both sides of the Northumberland Strait.  On both sides, you see the red sand in the roads, and on the farms, and many of these farms have the classic white siding with the green roof.

Abandoned PEI - The long lane

Abandoned PEI - The Long Lane

This long lane hadn’t been used in a long time.

Now, onto the waterfalls.  I wanted to find things to photograph in the area, and when I stumbled upon this blog I thought it would be the perfect way to get to know the lesser known areas.  At the top of the list of waterfalls in York county was Lower Joslin Falls.  About half an hour from Fredericton,just off the side of the highway, these falls are a spectacular oasis less than 100m from the highway.  The sound of the falls drowns out the majority of the traffic noise, and the majesty of the falls makes you forget about the rest.

Lower Joslin Falls

Lower Joslin Falls

Keswick Ridge Dam

Keswick Ridge Dam

I also went up to Keswick Ridge where there is a dam on the St. John River.  The water is above flood level and the dams were open.  It’s hard to get a sense of how powerful the water is in photographs, but the ground here is rumbling.  To try and get a scale on this, look very closely above the dam and you can see a truck driving across the bridge, just to the right of the dam.

Fredericton Flood - soccer field

Fredericton Flood - soccer field

Fredericton Flood - park

Fredericton Flood - park

As you can see, Fredericton has water up to its ears, although not as bad as it was last year.  People here get pretty nervous when the water starts to rise, but this time it wasn’t disasterous.  It has started to come back down again.

Fredericton - Weeping Willows

Fredericton - Weeping Willows

The Fredericton waterfront is stunning.  The willows all along the water are just about ready to burst to life, and here the footbridge in the foreground is a favorite place for runners, walkers, cyclists, photographers and meanderers like myself.  One thing I’ve noticed here is that everyone has a camera and is always taking pictures.  Never in my life have I seen so many people taking pictures so consistently.  It makes sense though; living in such a beautiful city sure does make me never want to leave home without my camera.

Fredericton - sunset

Fredericton - sunset

This is the view from the bridge.  I should say it’s a view from the bridge, because every direction has a similarly spectacular view, and sometimes it’s hard to know where to look.  Mikey spotted this angle and said it would make a nice shot.  I think someone else has a great eye for this too!

A funny side note:  Mikey and I stopped to look out over the water once I put my camera away and we heard from behind us, “Excuse me, can I ask a favour.”  It was a man with a camera asking if he could take our photo.  His hat said “Blogger” in big bold letters and he said he just takes pictures and blogs, so we obliged.  He said to google his name, “Charles LeBlanc” if we wanted to see the photo.  When he turned around to walk away we noticed that on the back of his jacket were the same bold letters, “BLOGGER.”  So I looked him up, and lo and behold, I found the photo.  The blog is called Charles Leblanc’s Other Blog.  Thanks Charles for the nice photo.

Odell Park

Odell Park

Odell Park is another highlight of this city.  I must have spent three hours just following a stream up into the park looking at the plants sprouting up through the debris on the ground, streams running underground and popping up to catch a breath of air before finding a hole and sinking again beneath roots, rocks and mud.  There still is a little bit of snow in the woods here, but a few more days like today (which is expected to reach 26°!) should take care of that.

Odell Park Falls

Odell Park Falls

I knew there would be a nice spot to take some pictures if I just followed the stream uphill and sure enough, I came to this spot where the stream trickled over the rocks, creating the perfect stopping place.

The second set of falls on the list was Dunbar Falls.  There were a few waterfalls running into the stream on the way to Dunbar falls that I found to be quite a bit nicer (though smaller) than the Dunbar Falls themselves.

Dunbar Falls (stream)

Dunbar Falls (stream)

Dunbar Falls

Dunbar Falls

These (above) are the actual Dunbar Falls.

Nottingham St. Tree at night

Tree at Night

In closing, here are some other photos I have taken of things around the city.  This photo is of a tree on our street.  When it’s wet, or icy this tree will have circles of light reflecting off its branches when you look up at the light through it.

Tree at Night

Tree at Night

Raven

Raven

A raven in the backyard.

Garden's first signs of life

Garden's first signs of life

The garden here is starting to come to life.  There are only a few flowers out now, but they’re the first signs of life that we’ve seen.  Before we know it, the whole thing will burst into life, but for now, there are these delicate reminders of what’s on the way.

Garden promise

Garden promise

This last photo is something that I’ve wanted to try for a while.  I’m still in the experimenting phase of this style, and I don’t think I’ve quite got it down yet, but it’s something I’m going to work with and keep trying.  I’d love your feedback.  To me, it’s like an impressionist painting, but it’s an impressionist style photograph.  You’ve got the image of someting familiar, or not, and you’ve got to take the pieces and put it back together in your head.  This one is of a bouquet of dried berries on a dining table.  I think it’s the colors that really make this one work for me.

Berries

Berries

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoyed what you saw here.  I am working very hard on the big photo essay of the Boundary Rock trip, because I know there are many of you who are dying to hear all about it.  I am almost done, but it will be a few more days, or a week before it makes it’s way here.  So hopefully this gave you a little taste of New Brunswick and now, I will continue down the list of waterfalls and of course, take photos of whatever I find along the way.

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2 Responses to “Trip update and new developments”

  1. graham said

    Great Photos Paul. Welcome to NB- You’re gonna love it here. Looking forward to meeting up for adventures soon!
    Can’t wait to hear about Boundary Rock.

    Graham

  2. Dad said

    Paul,
    These are very special shots. You (and Mikey) have the eye for sure. Maybe we’ll soon see some of these in frames or in some Maritime magazine. I look forward to the foggy day photos or sunrises or sunsets or more waterfalls . . .

    Dad

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