Had a lovely year in Nova Scotia, but have moved north to the Yukon, so I will be unable to post to this anymore. Thanks for all the wonderful memories Nova Scotia!

The Brady E. Himmelman is a 14-car cable ferry that crosses the LaHave River from LaHave to East LaHave. The trip lasts five minutes and costs $5,50 per car. A cable ferry has operated in LaHave since 1832.

This $3.5-million boat, launched July 29, 2010, was named to honour long-term ferry operator Brady Himmelman who was in charge of the ferry from 1948 until 1983. 

The ferry is one of four cable ferries in Nova Scotia, and is operated by Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. 

  1. Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
  2. Aperture: f/8
  3. Exposure: 1/160th
  4. Focal Length: 35mm

This young raccoon became trapped in a neighbour’s compost bin, and was weak and dehydrated upon release. But after drinking many dishes of water, the racoon recovered and went on its way. 

Racoons are adept climbers. This one scaled nearby recycling bags to get into the bin, but could not climb the smooth sides to get back out again.

  1. Camera: HTC One V
  2. Focal Length: 3mm
Wine and dessert tasting at Petite Riviere Vineyards, a picturesque French-designed winery located minutes away from both Rissers Beach and Green Bay. My favourite pairing for the evening: sweet cheesecake with a tart wine, Lulu.

Petite Riviere Vineyards relies on the unique terroir of one of the oldest grape growing regions in North America to make distinctive wines, and is noted for the quality of its reds.
Wine and dessert tasting at Petite Riviere Vineyards, a picturesque French-designed winery located minutes away from both Rissers Beach and Green Bay. My favourite pairing for the evening: sweet cheesecake with a tart wine, Lulu.

Petite Riviere Vineyards relies on the unique terroir of one of the oldest grape growing regions in North America to make distinctive wines, and is noted for the quality of its reds.

Wine and dessert tasting at Petite Riviere Vineyards, a picturesque French-designed winery located minutes away from both Rissers Beach and Green Bay.

My favourite pairing for the evening: sweet cheesecake with a tart wine, Lulu.

Petite Riviere Vineyards relies on the unique terroir of one of the oldest grape growing regions in North America to make distinctive wines, and is noted for the quality of its reds.

Pirates roamed the streets during the 2013 Mahone Bay Pirate Festival and Regatta, August 2 to 5.
The festival celebrates the region’s historic relationship with the sea, and features classic boats, buccaneers, music, and sailing competitions. Pirates roamed the streets during the 2013 Mahone Bay Pirate Festival and Regatta, August 2 to 5.
The festival celebrates the region’s historic relationship with the sea, and features classic boats, buccaneers, music, and sailing competitions.

Pirates roamed the streets during the 2013 Mahone Bay Pirate Festival and Regatta, August 2 to 5.

The festival celebrates the region’s historic relationship with the sea, and features classic boats, buccaneers, music, and sailing competitions.

Eastern American Toads have dry skin with glands that contain a white sticky substance to deter predators from biting.

These toads are common throughout Nova Scotia because of their flexible habitat requirements - farms, suburbs, gravel pits and clear cuts. Toads eat ants, beetles, slugs, spiders, mosquitoes, and mites and can be beneficial for your backyard.

  1. Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
  2. Aperture: f/5.6
  3. Exposure: 1/400th
  4. Focal Length: 85mm

An osprey brings a fish to its chicks at its nesting platform behind Petite Riviere Elementary School, July 18, 2013. Ospreys fledge as early as late July, and this brood looked almost ready to fly.

In many parts of North America osprey have been in decline due to increased concentrations of pesticides in the fish it eats. This decline was less apparent in Nova Scotia, and with the elimination of some pesticides, the osprey population has been increasing.

It is estimated that there are more than 250 active nests in Nova Scotia. 

  1. Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
  2. Aperture: f/8
  3. Exposure: 1/400th
  4. Focal Length: 85mm
A truck stops while an Eastern Painted Turtle crosses Conquerall Road. The man in the truck who stopped to let the turtle cross thanked us for stopping, and said that most motorists don’t stop for the turtles. 
Conquerall Road is a popular spot for nesting turtles. A couple of weeks ago, I stopped while a snapping turtle crossed the road. The snapping turtle is a protected Species at Risk in Nova Scotia.
Painted turtles are common in southwestern Nova Scotia. Females migrate to sand or gravel beaches, road banks, or cultivated fields during the afternoon from June to early July to nest. They lay between six and 11 eggs, which hatch between late September and the end of October.

View Turtle Road in a larger map A truck stops while an Eastern Painted Turtle crosses Conquerall Road. The man in the truck who stopped to let the turtle cross thanked us for stopping, and said that most motorists don’t stop for the turtles. 
Conquerall Road is a popular spot for nesting turtles. A couple of weeks ago, I stopped while a snapping turtle crossed the road. The snapping turtle is a protected Species at Risk in Nova Scotia.
Painted turtles are common in southwestern Nova Scotia. Females migrate to sand or gravel beaches, road banks, or cultivated fields during the afternoon from June to early July to nest. They lay between six and 11 eggs, which hatch between late September and the end of October.

View Turtle Road in a larger map A truck stops while an Eastern Painted Turtle crosses Conquerall Road. The man in the truck who stopped to let the turtle cross thanked us for stopping, and said that most motorists don’t stop for the turtles. 
Conquerall Road is a popular spot for nesting turtles. A couple of weeks ago, I stopped while a snapping turtle crossed the road. The snapping turtle is a protected Species at Risk in Nova Scotia.
Painted turtles are common in southwestern Nova Scotia. Females migrate to sand or gravel beaches, road banks, or cultivated fields during the afternoon from June to early July to nest. They lay between six and 11 eggs, which hatch between late September and the end of October.

View Turtle Road in a larger map

A truck stops while an Eastern Painted Turtle crosses Conquerall Road. The man in the truck who stopped to let the turtle cross thanked us for stopping, and said that most motorists don’t stop for the turtles. 

Conquerall Road is a popular spot for nesting turtles. A couple of weeks ago, I stopped while a snapping turtle crossed the road. The snapping turtle is a protected Species at Risk in Nova Scotia.

Painted turtles are common in southwestern Nova Scotia. Females migrate to sand or gravel beaches, road banks, or cultivated fields during the afternoon from June to early July to nest. They lay between six and 11 eggs, which hatch between late September and the end of October.


View Turtle Road in a larger map

The Canadian Tiger Swallowtailwith a wingspan of 6.7-8 cm, is one of Nova Scotia’s largest and most recognizable butterflies. Swallowtails are seen in N.S. from late May to early July, with peak numbers appearing mid-June.

The larvae feed on various shrubs and trees, such as willow, birch, aspen, black cherry, popular and ash. Swallowtail butterflies can be seen in large numbers feeding on the flowers of lilac trees, or gathering in mud puddles. 

The larvae have a creatively disgusting way to appear inedible to predators. Because they arrive in spring before leaves are on the plants, their camouflage is a black and white bird-dropping look. Once the foilage returns, the caterpillars turn green to blend with the leaves. 

If you love butterflies and have a yard, check out this article on creating a butterfly-friendly space.

  1. Camera: HTC One V
  2. Focal Length: 3mm

Actors in the parade at Privateer Days, in Liverpool, N.S. June 22, 2013. 

privateer is a private person or ship authorized by a government to attack foreign shipping during wartime. Privateers were part of naval warfare from the 16th to 19th centuries.

Redcoats is the term given to British non-commissioned men who served during the American Revolution, between 1775 and 1783. Many redcoats were former convicts. Redcoats defended present day Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada from attacks by American Revolutionaries. 

Liverpool was one of North America’s leading privateer ports, and is still called the Port of Privateers. 

See more photos from the festival in my Flickr set.

  1. Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
  2. Aperture: f/9
  3. Exposure: 1/125th
  4. Focal Length: 47mm