Miniature trains

April 6, 2009

Miniature Train - Paul Maybee

Miniature Train - Paul Maybee

Here’s my second attempt at tilt shift photography.  I went on a walkabout through Point Pleasant Park, and took photos of the trains on the way there and on the way back.  Here I wanted to see if I could make a train look like a little model train.

Ship Yard Trains - Paul Maybee

Ship Yard Trains - Paul Maybee

This one turned out even better, with the ship yard in the background.  There wasn’t much activity that day, but I did catch the train backing into the yard on my way to the park.  Looks just like the old Read the rest of this entry »

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Abandoned Annapolis

April 3, 2009

With the start date of the Boundary Rock trip drawing nearer, Cody and I took a drive down to the put in site to check out the condition of the roads and the ice.  Along the way, we made a few stops to explore some abandoned houses in some of the more remote rural parts of South Western Nova Scotia.  We ran into some pretty messy roads along the way, and some ice still on the lakes, but we’re not ready to give up yet.  There is still time for the ice to melt and the channels are opening up.  So here is a photo essay of sorts of our adventures on the back roads of South Western Nova Scotia:

Windsor Wear - Paul Maybee

Windsor Wear - Paul Maybee

I spotted this from the highway and decided to pull in to get a closer look.  I loved the look of the old bricks with arched windows.  I thought this was abandoned, but when we got closer, we could see people working inside and it obviously has all new windows.  It’s nice to see something like this being restored for a new purpose.  Such a beautiful old building.  Is it for offices?  loft apartments?  Either way, this one doesn’t technically count, because it’s not abandoned.  It’s just being given a new life.   …and we’re back on the road:

Abandoned - Paul Maybee

Abandoned - Paul Maybee

Abandoned: New Minas - Paul Maybee

Abandoned: New Minas - Paul Maybee

The next thing I saw from the road, was this old farmhouse on top of a hill.  I pulled in to try and get a better look, and we decided to stop in for coffee at the Just Us cafe.  After fueling up on coffee, we continued up the road to try and find Read the rest of this entry »

Dresden Row Tilt Shift - Paul Maybee

Dresden Row Tilt Shift - Paul Maybee

This is my first attempt at tilt shift photography which is most commonly used to make photos (or videos) look like they are miniature.  It’s fun to google the term “tilt shift” and see what comes up, but it was way more exciting for me to see something I know very well, like Dresden Row in Halifax, NS as seen from the Citadel Hill.  I will be posting more very soon.  It’s too much fun!

texture - Paul Maybee

texture - Paul Maybee

This is (mostly) a collection of photos from the early 2000’s I took intending to put them together eventually as a study on textures in nature and patterns in cities.  It looks at the contrast between the hard, straight lines in our buildings and the softer, perfect repeating patterns found in nature.

abandoned

March 24, 2009

Car and Haybails - Paul Maybee

Car and Haybails - Paul Maybee

After making my post this morning, I found this old gem.  This is a photo of a car sitting in a field along the Brule Shore in Nova Scotia.  This one comes from a series of photos I took on a really nice long drive with my mother in 2002, right before I left for Ecuador for 3 months.  I was just learning how to use my grandmother’s Pentax K1000 and just becoming very interested in photography.

Abandoned places

March 24, 2009

I have recently come across some of my old photographs and I noticed an interesting theme occurring.  I have many photos of old abandoned places.  I did some snooping around the Internet, and it seems this is something that has captured the attention of many photographers and so called urban/rural explorers.  I guess what sparked my search was the photos I posted a few days ago of the old fishing shack in Kingsburg.  I knew I wanted to put together a project consisting of old fallen down houses, churches and schools in Nova Scotia, but I didn’t realize just how many of these photographs I’d already taken.  So for your viewing pleasure, here are some of the highlights:

Rose Bay Barn - Paul Maybee

Rose Bay Barn - Paul Maybee

Let’s start with this one, close to Kingsburg- on the way, in fact.  Here is a barn that no longer exists.

Rose Bay Barn (back) - Paul Maybee

Rose Bay Barn (back) - Paul Maybee

Actually, here is a photo from the other side of this barn.  I forgot I had this one until I posted the previous photo. Read the rest of this entry »

photo of the day

March 23, 2009

White Ferns - Paul Maybee

White Ferns - Paul Maybee

This is a photo of some tiny ferns I took on the South Shore of Nova Scotia.  I didn’t use any special lighting technique for this one; there just happened to be a ray of sunlight shining on this little patch of ferns.

Ice in the lakes

March 13, 2009

Good Morning!

Nearly all of the comments on this blog have been about ice in the lakes, so I figured I should speak to that.  And frankly, I have become a little more concerned about that recently, even though it has been something we’ve been aware of from the start.  I’m not concerned about the rivers being frozen, but there may still be some ice around the lakes.  We’ve had some pretty warm weather lately, and my hope if just that the water will be really high.  We’ve had several warm spells over the past few months which will mean that the ice that may be there now won’t be as thick as it could be, which will help.

There are some great photographs of the area on Google Earth, when you zoom in, little photo boxes pop up where people have geotagged photos of different places.  Most of the photos in the area are from user AlainMoose96, or Alain Belliveau, whom Cody and I met at the archives one day while researching our trip.  This photo:

Mink Lake in April - Alain Belliveau

Mink Lake in April - Alain Belliveau

Photo used with permission from Alain Belliveau. Click on photo to view his other fantastic photos of the Tobeatic Wilderness Area.

was taken at Mink Lake in early April right after a snow storm.  As you can see, there is no ice on the majority of the lake, other than some snow and ice right around the shoreline.

It will be cold, that’s for sure.  But with my new -12°C sleeping bag I won’t have any problems at night.  The worst case scenario I can see right now is that I’ll have to bring my snowshoes for the carries.  But I’ll leave you with this old saying:

There’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.

There are many versions of the story of Jim Charles, like any good story that has been told around campfires for many generations.  A great version of the story appears in Mike Parker’s book, “Wood Chips and Beans” and another good version comes from a blog by “the nature writer”, Laurie Lacey.  Basically the story goes like this:

Jim Charles was a man who lived in the Kejimikujik area in the 1800’s.  He was one of the most skilled of the guides in those woods and frequently took sporting fishermen and hunters deep into the woods where the fishing and game hunting were prime.  He and his wife lived on what is now known as Jim Charles Point on the Kejimikujik Lake.  Jim had discovered a gold mine deep in what is now the Tobeatic wilderness and became quite rich.  Now the men in the village became jealous of Jim Charles’ fortune and tried to get information about the location of this gold mine which he kept a secret.  One night a man became quite forceful with Jim at a bar when he refused to give up the location and picked a fight with him.  Jim knocked the man clean off his feet and several hours later, the man was dead.

It should be mentioned now that Jim Charles was a Mi’kmaq man and though he was well respected within the community, there was no guarantee of a fair trial with the murder of a white man hanging over his head.  So Jim did the only thing he knew to do and took to the woods.

jimcharlesrock1

Jim Charles Rock

Photo Courtesy of Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management

Reference Number: N-2516/ Album 43, #2

Author’s Note: It is mentioned in other online sources that this is Boundary Rock.  It is not.  This is what I believe is Jim Charles’ Rock.  Boundary Rock is much smaller than this rock as is apparent from the size of the man standing in the bottom right hand corner of the photo.  It is believed that this photo was taken by J.A. Irvine in 1899.

It is said that Jim Charles stayed in those woods for years.  He stayed in there for fear that the men of the village were looking for him.  He hid under a enormous rock, where there was a cave underneath, and from on top of which he could see anyone coming from miles around.  This is what’s now referred to as Jim Charles’ Rock.  It is said that it is near Cofan Camp on the Sand Beach Lake, but like the Boundary Rock, little is know as to its whereabouts.  He also never returned to his gold mine, for fear that the ghost of the man he killed was haunting it.  Also, he had no need for gold unless he could spend it, which would require him returning to town.

Some of the stories about Jim Charles claim that he did in fact return to town and stood trial and was found not guilty for the murder of the man.  Some say he never returned from the wilderness.  Whichever is true, the fact is that the exact location of the mine, and the rock died with Jim Charles.

So we will spend a day on our trip to search for Jim Charles’ Rock.  Here is a draft of our itinerary as it stands now:

trip itinerary - The Search for Boundary Rock

trip itinerary - The Search for Boundary Rock

Trip planning

February 28, 2009

One of the first questions we had to answer in planning a trip to search for the Boundary Rock was “where shold we look?”.  Where do we think this rock might be?  After looking at the photographs at the NS Public Archives I looked at some old maps showing the county lines from the 1800’s to present.  There are many beautiful maps there but the problem I kept running into is that the landmarks would change over time.  Many older maps show a Dunbar’s Lake just Southeast of Sporting Lake, which is nowhere to be found on newer maps.  Dunbar’s Lake seems to have disappeared.  Some maps (like in the back of older versions of Albert Bigelow Payne’s “The Tent Dwellers) show the rock just North of Handsled Lake.  This would put it right around where the junction is today…  at Junction Lake.

Some say that from Junction Lake it’s just 400m or so upstream from a cove on the West bank of the Lake and it’s right there on the left.  There is some clarification needed, I think, as to what we’re calling the Boundary, or Junction Rock.  The one we’re looking for is the one with John McEwan’s name and others carved in the side of the rock.  It’s in a flat bog with easy access from a canoe.  There will be no question when we find this rock…

Although a part of me (and I’m certain I’m not alone) almost wishes that we find something that’s not the Boundary Rock.  I have a feeling that when we do find this rock, that there will be a sense of disappointment that will follow closely on the heels of the celebration of our discovery.

Still, I am going to look for it with every intention of finding it.  And if we find it, I will celebrate.  And if we don’t…  maybe the search itself was the thing we were looking for in the first place.