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…I leaned on the fence feeling utterly defeated. The factory hum of bees in the Linden blossoms, the loudest interruption of the peaceful afternoon, went completely unnoticed. I wasn’t taking in any of the pastoral beauty spread out before me, as I watched my little flock of hens in the yard, lying in the shade …

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North Mountain, Nova Scotia, Colours Beginning to Change


This time last year we went for a drive towards Blomidon to see the early fall leaves. This scene I loved for the contrasting colours of the crop of blue (cabbages, I suspect) in the middle ground. The "North Mountain" is, in fact, a part of the Appalachian chain of mountains that stretches down into the North Eastern US. It hardly qualifies for the term 'mountain' (I can hear laughter from those who are familiar with really high mountain ranges, such as the Rockies, Himalayas, Alps etc.) as it is barely more than a line of high hills. But these deserve a little respect as it seems that the mountains are very old and therefore worn down.

The leaves are becoming really spectacular here and I hope I get a bit of nice weather to go out to see the colours this year.

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A #farmfriday posting on a quiet +Farm Friday weekend (so far) curated by myself, +Steven Kennard and +Susanne Stelle – hoping to liven things up a bit.

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Annapolis Valley Panorama

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Best Viewed Large

It's never easy to get a clear view from the top of the 'South Mountain', looking across the dykes and the Minas Basin to the Blomidon cliffs, as it's always so misty across the bay.

You see here the farmland with the dykes winding through the countryside. You can see the highway which slices through the landscape like an ugly scar, and a farm shop roof in front of the water, stained red with the mud from the incoming tide. It is high tide, which really shows the curving path of the water well in the scene. In the distance you see Port Williams across the dyke. The hay that you see is supposed to be particularly good, grown on the reclaimed land and full of minerals. To the far right you see the sloping cliff of Blomidon, which is also a Provincial park. Kingsport, with its wonderful beach for walking at low tide lies in front of it.

It's the first landscape that I have posted in a long time, as mostly I have been focusing on blur and smaller vistas. I hope you enjoy this.

I decided to try my first panorama in Lightroom and to see what the new 'dehaze' feature would do for it, as well. Considering that I could have done a better job of taking the images, LR didn't do too badly at lining up the edges to make the photograph. I only had a small amount of cleaning up to do. I have to say it was rather 'quick and dirty' and I also found the dehaze feature to be a bit of a gimmick (it's global, creating a lot of contrast in areas where it wasn't needed) but no doubt a small amount did help. For a change I decided to upload the image at 3,500 px, which will count towards my image storage on G+, but thought the original size, at more than 17,000 px would really be too large.

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Cold Storage


Day 2 of 5

This photograph was taken before "the big snow", when we thought we were going to have a normal winter. The corn seemed to be self-set, as it was growing in an enclosure where there had been outdoor pigs the year before. I saw it growing all year, providing shelter for birds and small mammals and no one tended, sprayed nor harvested it and it was left for the wild animals to take what they wanted as and when they needed it. It is slightly sheltered by a heavy wood on one side, so some of the corn is still just above the surface of the snow. I saw today that each of the ears has now been exposed and is stripped bare of kernels. All around the fields nearby there are the arrows of pheasant tracks and we have many that roost in our trees. I'm glad that they have food to help them get through this tough winter.

On another, rather more bizarre note, I noticed that the onion skins are scattered liberally here and there over the snowy fields over which we walk. I have no idea where they come from, but it does look very odd in this white landscape.

I have been challenged by my friend +Tom Crews​​ to participate in a 5-day Nature Challenge. I have been asked to post one nature photo each day for 5 consecutive days. I am asked to name a new challenger on each of my 5 days. Today I am challenging my friend +Linda Villers​​ to provide us with some of her lovely nature photos for the next five days. (No pressure, Linda but I hope you do it!) Have fun!

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This is What I Was Born to Do

This was Joni’s first experience of sheep herding. The owner of the sheep, Paula, kindly offered to introduce Joni to her flock and give her a first taste of this wonderful work. Joni was so excited when she realized what she was there for, but it was just wonderful to see the way she instinctively ran round them and kept them together. I was really impressed when she spotted this sheep who was moving away from the flock and she came out to bring her back. What can I say? She was born and bred to it. She has a long way to go before she has the knowledge and skills that really make a good herding dog. But Paula was really pleased with her potential. And I felt like a proud parent on the first day of school.

I suppose you would probably like to see a photo of the bath that followed? I will post that too, but in the meantime, don’t be bothered by the mud. She wasn’t.

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Look East


We were near the end of a road trip, after driving through some heavy rains interspersed with dramatic bursts of light through the clouds.

As the sun began to set the sky was aflame with colour and drama. The intensity of the sunset was almost overwhelming and Steven stopped the car for me to dash out to the side of the road, dodging rain drops to try to find a decent foreground for some photographs. I took a few and then I looked behind, to the East. The pastoral scene, with the last of the autumn leaves at the bottom of a green stretch of grass and bounded by a field of ripened gold corn was a beautiful foreground to the more muted, but still beautiful reflection of the garish colours in the West.

I am in the mood for a more tasteful, gentle palette tonight and so am sharing the Eastern sky view. It also fits the +Farm Friday #farmfriday theme, curated by myself, +Steven Kennard, +Susanne Stelle and +Alessia De Bonis. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

This was taken on the same evening which, not long before produced this scene: .

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Late Afternoon Light, September, Annapolis Valley, NS


There are moments when the light is special in that 'Golden Hour' before sunset or after sunrise and it filters down between the clouds in a darkening, heavy sky. At times you see this light and you can't do anything about it. Perhaps you don't have your camera, or there is just no scenery to feature. Or maybe you are in heavy traffic and can't get out without creating a hazard.

On this day, I was coming home and saw these golden and darkening conditions developing in the distance. I drove past my favourite farm, but the light wasn't going to hit it. I kept driving and watching. As I came down towards Hillaton, I saw the clouds becoming heavier over the North Mountain and the mist settling on the hills beneath, all the time I was driving and watching for the scene that would be the one.

When I saw this, I pulled the car quickly around the corner onto the hard shoulder (light shifts rapidly in this situation, I didn't want to lose it) and, grabbing the camera I jumped out of the car, all the time clicking the shutter at the scene, just in case the light changed and I lost it.

Soon these trees will be turning wonderful colours of red and gold, but now the fields are gold with harvest, surrounded by the deep greens.

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Working Horses for Farm Friday!


This pair of draught horses was in a field not far from where we live. The older one was quite protective of the younger so they both came over to see what I was up to. Not many people use horses for working the land any more, but they do a great job of pulling timber out of woods that are inaccessible to vehicles in winter. They are light on the land compared to tractors, non polluting, quiet, willing and companionable and can help produce their own food. It is too bad they are not a common sight except at farm fairs.

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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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