Wednesday 23 August 2017

Increase the F-stop slow the shutter speed and lower the ISO …

As I wander around the South Shore I am always trying something different and new with the camera. The results most of the time may be disappointing and not exactly what I had in mind, other times the photos may be good but a result of fortuity.
Today while out beach walking at a very low tide, I stopped by my rock and tried some camera experimentation.
To try and achieve a soft misty effect on the fast moving water, I slowed the shutter speed down to ¼ second, the F-stop was set at F16 and the ISO at 100, see the results are below.
I am hopeful as this chapter moves along, I will get better …..



We have Rubus and Rubus Idaeus …

On the heels of the Fragaria Vesca (Wild Strawberries) discovery in June ~ (, another wander around the empire has turned up lots of Blackberries and a few Raspberries.

The first experimental batch of jam has been made with probably more by seasons end.


Sunday 20 August 2017

You went fishing and caught what ....?

For the first time I took Linda mackerel fishing to my regular beauty spot, the wharf on Bush Island.

Only ten minutes into the event, Linda got her line snagged. Hoping to retrieve the brand new string of mackerel feathers at the end of the line, I started pulling it in by hand. Very soon, I noticed a blue coloured rope appear from below the water’s surface. Eventually by kneeling and reaching down, we could grab the rope and release the hook and line from it.
Curious to see how long the rope would be, I started pulling on it. Immediately I noticed the rope was attached to what appeared to be a very heavy weight. With a significant effort required from both of us, we kept pulling on what seemed to be an ever increasing weight at the end of the rope.
Eventually at the point of almost giving up, I leaned over to see with huge surprise, Linda had caught a lobster cage ….
With a final exertion and struggle, we managed to pull the cage safely onto the wharf ~

.... for yet another surprise ~ there was a live lobster in it .....!!!
Later that evening, we had home cooked lobster.
I should mention, once again .... no mackerel were caught ……………..
The lobster cage

The lobster

The pot


Evening treat

Friday 11 August 2017

Tall Ships in Lunenburg

A great couple of bright warm days in Lunenburg to see some beautiful and perfect examples of Tall Ships.
The event led by Sail Training International, Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta which is a transatlantic race of race of 7000 nautical miles taking place over the course of five months during 2017. The race starts at the port of Royal Greenwich in Britain on April 13 and finishes in the port of Le Havre, France, which will welcome the grand winner between August 31 and September 3. There will be stops in Portugal, Bermuda, the United States and Canada along the way.
The tall ships are visiting Nova Scotia to honour the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation. I addition to visiting Lunenburg, the ships will also visit 10 other Nova Scotia locations.
Below are photos of some of the participants with and accompanying vignette ~

Bluenose II ~
The original Bluenose which was launched in March 1921 struck and sunk off a reef off at Isle aux Vache, Haiti on 28 January 1946. Despite the loss, the legacy and admiration for the once mighty schooner lived on in the hearts and minds of Canadians, especially Nova Scotians.
In 1963, Bluenose II was launched. It was built by many of the same people who had worked on the original vessel at the same shipyard in Lunenburg. The project was financed by Oland Brewery to advertise their products, while also promoting Nova Scotia's maritime heritage and tourism. Bluenose II was gifted to the Government of Nova Scotia in 1971. It continues to serve as Nova Scotia's sailing ambassador, an enduring symbol of the province and living history under sail.

Theresa E. Connor ~
Is the flagship of the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic in Lunenburg and permanent resident of the Lunenburg wharf. She is an authentic reminder of an age of schooner fishing that lasted for almost one hundred years in Atlantic Canada. She was launched in Lunenburg on December 14, 1938 at the Smith and Rhuland Shipyard the same yard that built the original Bluenose.

Picton Castle ~
The Picton Castle registered in the Cook Islands is famous for her World Circumnavigations. Built in as a Fishing Trawler in 1928, she served with the Royal Navy in WWII as a Minesweeper during which she was known as the Liberator of Norway. Today she sails out of her unofficial home port of Lunenburg on deep ocean sail training and long distance educational voyages.
Lord Nelson ~
Lord Nelson was the first tall ship in the world to be designed and built to enable people of all physical abilities to sail side by side on equal terms. The keel of the ship was laid in October 1984 and was later launched by HRH Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson on 4th July 1986. The ship generally sails around the United Kingdom, Western Europe, the Canary Islands and the Caribbean. During October 2012 to September 2014, the Lord Nelson sailed around the world visiting 30 countries spanning all seven continents.

Europa ~
The Europa is a steel hulled barque registered in the Netherlands. Originally it was a German lightship named Senator Brockes, she was built in 1911 in Hamburg, Germany. Until 1977, it was in use by the German Federal Coast Guard as a lightship on the River Elbe. A Dutchman bought the vessel (or what was left of her) in 1985 and in 1994 she was fully restored as a barque, a three-mast rigged vessel, and retrofitted for special purpose sail training. Europa cruises worldwide and accepts paying voyage crew (trainees) for short or long trip segments, including ocean crossings, Sail Training Association races, annual voyages to Antarctica, South Georgia, Tristan da Cunha and Cape Town.

When and If ~
Built in 1939, When and If was commissioned by then Colonel George S. Patton, a widely regarded American war hero. She was constructed of double planked mahogany over black locust frames and an oak keel. Patton intended to sail the schooner around the world with his wife "when and if I return from the war", this phrase being the source of the yacht's name. Patton never fulfilled his dream after dying in a car accident in 1945 near Speyer, Germany, shortly after the end of World War II.

Bowdoin ~
The schooner Bowdoin built in 1921 in Maine, USA. She is the only American schooner built specifically for Arctic exploration, and was designed under the direction of Arctic explorer Donald B. MacMillan. She has made many trips above the Arctic Circle in her life. She is currently owned by the Maine Maritime Academy and is used for their sail training curriculum.

Wylde Swan ~
Wylde Swan is a fast sailing vessel originally built in Germany in 1920 as a steam ship. She was designed to work with the German herring fleet, collecting the herring at sea and transporting the fish to market at speed to get the best price. To maximize speed she was built long and narrow and in keeping with her day had a vertical stem and counter stern. She was re-launched in June 2010 as a two mast topsail schooner, with worldwide certification as a sail training vessel. She is now Dutch owned with a home port of Makkum, Netherlands.
The Spirit of Bermuda ~
The Spirit of Bermuda is a modern built Bermuda sloop, which is a type of small sailing ship built in Bermuda between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries. Launched in August 2006 she is a purpose built training vessel.

St Lawrence II ~
The St. Lawrence II is a 72-foot brigantine designed for youth sail training and is operated by a crew of 14 to 18 year olds. The hull laid in 1953 in a Kingston, Ontario shipyard, with the rest of the ship finished by local craftsmen, Kingston sea cadets and enthusiastic amateurs. The St. Lawrence II's home port is Kingston, Ontario. The ship sails mostly in the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River but sometimes will venture as far as New York City.

HMCS Oriole ~
HMCS Oriole is the sail training vessel of the Royal Canadian Navy based at CFB Esquimalt in Victoria, British Columbia. She is a sailing ketch, currently the oldest commissioned vessel in the Royal Canadian Navy and also the longest serving commissioned ship. Originally the yacht Oriole IV, the vessel was first acquired by the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War then returned to private ownership at the war's end. Oriole IV was reacquired during the Cold War for use on the East Coast of Canada before switching to the West Coast of Canada permanently in 1956.

Ships stuff ~