CoastalThursday

The Sea Bottom

Sand dunes on the sea bottom, low tide, Minas Basin, Nova Scotia - Ellie Kennard 2016 Ellie Kennard 2016
Sand dunes on the sea bottom, low tide, Minas Basin, Nova Scotia – Ellie Kennard 2016

Living, as we do, very close to the Bay of Fundy which boasts the highest (and the lowest) tides in the world, twice a day we are able to walk far out along the bottom of the sea bed to the edge of the receding water. It is a strange feeling, knowing that within a few short hours the water will be many feet, even meters above our heads as we walk out on the hard sea bottom. It is a constantly shifting underwater landscape, with the perpetual motion of the waves sculpting the sand and rocks into new formations twice a day, every day. The movement of the water doesn’t allow for anything but buried sea creatures and crabs to remain for long. It gives a clean sweep, every 12.5 hours. Here it looks as if the sand has taken the form of the receding waves themselves. This is Kingsport Beach, about 10 minutes from where we live.

Snow Geese on the Banks of the Saint Lawrence River, Quebec

Snow Geese, St, Lawrence River, Quebec - Ellie Kennard 2016
Snow Geese, St, Lawrence River, Quebec – Ellie Kennard 2016

On our recent trip along the shores of the Saint Lawrence river, wending our way to Quebec city, we stopped to watch this flock of snow geese wading through the marshy mud flats, feeding on he various aquatic plants, grasses etc. I was mystified by the black legs as the bird is described as having pink ones, until I realized that they were probably just covered in black mud! Snow geese, according to my birding app, pass through on their way in a Spring migration, and this was a first sighting of these birds for me. According to iBird, during the summer their heads are often stained red from gathering food in iron oxide laden mud.

Across the river you see the mountains of the opposite shore rising out of the mist, with the last of the snow trails just visible.

 

Coastal Scene, Maine : I Would Have Settled Here

 

Along the same stretch of coast as the Pemaquid Point lighthouse I posted the other day, there is a historic settlement, visible only in the ruins that have been partially excavated. After we walked around the grassy stone strewn hollows, which were the location of the old buildings, roped off and explained by signs, we were trying to imagine what life must have been like in the 1700's. I walked over towards the water and gazed over this scene. Without that picturesque building on stilts, the scene would have been perhaps not too different to what met the eyes of the early settlers. The mist was settling over the distant hills across the bay as the shadows lengthened. I would have been tempted to settle there myself.

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Sun Burning Through the Mist in Round Pond Harbour, Maine

 

There is something mysteriously calming about fog and when you combine it with wharves and boats, especially if you have just a little light kissing the top of the water from the morning sun, that gives an even more special feel. This scene met us as we arrived in Round Pond Harbour yesterday. It was the start of a lovely day of exploring the coastline with my friend Carol who is a local and knew all the best places to show me. I'm looking forward to more exploring before we have to leave this beautiful area.

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Baxters Harbour Coastline, Long Exposure

 

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Plus Post Week 3 Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2015 by +Alex Lapidus

One of the most inspiring things about taking part in a learning experience such as a mentorship on G+ is the interaction between the participants – mentees, mentors and helpers alike. We are able to benefit from the rich and varied experiences of photographers of all skill levels each of whom is inspired in different ways to produce unique bodies of work. Everyone freely shares their expertise and their ideas and as a result, everyone grows. This has most definitely been the case in this past few weeks. I know, this is billed (quite rightly) as 'Guided Play'. But what better way is there to learn than through play?

In my case this has most certainly proved true in this past week as I finally feel that I will be able to produce certain kinds of images that have, up to now eluded me. I didn't need to buy new equipment to do this, but I did need to overcome my nervousness about using it. And thanks to the guidance and encouragement (yes, and the joking and laughing) of my fellow participants, I now feel that I am able to do so without fear. I learned to set up my tripod quickly (don't laugh, it can be a little intimidating when there are all those legs and knobs and levers). I learned that even though a 10 stop glass ND (neutral density) filter is very breakable, it won't necessarily smash on the rocks when I click the shutter. So I put it on and took it off to focus and put it back on and clicked the shutter and took it off.. etc etc etc more times than I can remember.I had to do it if I was going to come up with images that were half as good as those I saw being produced around me in the mentorship. And I now know that I have mastered the use of that equipment.

One of the aspects of photography that we were working on this week was the long exposure. This effect gives that lovely dreamy look of smooth, slightly misty water that you see here, moving around the rough textures of the rocks on the shoreline. Thanks to my dexterity with the tripod and confidence in using my filters and setting my camera up correctly, I took this photograph on a rather dull rainy day.

With thanks to the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers​ with +Robin Griggs Wood+Alex Lapidus​ and +Ron Clifford​ who make all this possible.

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Coastal Cliff Erosion Kingsport Beach

 

This was taken on another late afternoon walk with Joni and Linda at low tide with a threatening sky framing the horizon. (It frequently seems to be threatening over Blomidon Cliff that you see in the distance…. or is it that I just like to take photographs when the sky is heavy with cloud??)

Storms will often leave a changed landscape and on the latest of those walks we could really see the difference in the formation of the sandy cliff walls and the trees that had fallen down the sides of the face. The light was just hitting the sand and the end of that spit of land.

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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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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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Sunset Seen From the Ocean Floor

With such low and high tides as we have here, I have found myself both scrambling to dry land up the cliffs on the rocks (as in the other day) and walking far out into the Bay of Fundy on land (not very dry) which is, twice a day buried deep under the waves.  I have even felt disturbed at the thought, wondering if I might end up sucked down into a sinkhole, never to be seen again. I was having just such thoughts the other evening as we were out walking Joni, when I turned around and saw the sky. The rivulets running down from streams that come from those cliffs reflected the clouds and evening light and colours, drawing my eye up to the land and then that dramatic sky.

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