Thursday, September 18, 2008

Faerie seats

Conditions were perfect in Nova Scotia this summer for fungi, and I have been seeing interesting mushrooms everywhere. Even so, I was very impressed by these toadstools growing under a tree on my brother and sister-in-law's property in the Valley last week. The toadstools were as tall as my hand! I really do think Nova Scotia is probably only second to PEI among Canadian provinces for its faerie-friendliness, and September and October are their golden months.


Monday, September 15, 2008

Convoy Cup 2008

I didn't take any pictures from the Convoy Cup, but I may "borrow" some from my mother later. Briefly, the Convoy Cup is a sailing race from Halifax Harbour down to Cross Island (near Lunenburg), and back. We took about 20 hours to finish the race, and placed 4th in the spinnaker class of (I believe) 15 boats. We did shifts of 4 people, 3 hours on and 3 hours off, and made a number of sail changes, from the #1 jib, down to the #2 and back up again, an A-kite run, and a full spinnaker run.

One of the bloggers I follow wrote a post about the shift towards autumn and the thinning veil - one symptom of which is the behaviour of animals all around us. I certainly have been noticing more and more animal activity lately, and our sail was no exception. We had a number of whale sightings, the odd seal, fish jumping in the harbour, hunting osprey, the ubiquitous flocks of seagulls, and even, on my 10 p.m. - 1 a.m. shift, a porpoise swimming alongside us and playing in our bow wake.

It was cloudy throughout the night, but the race wasn't entirely without starlight - as the boat moved through the water, our wake triggered a phosphorescence that made the water glitter with hundreds of infinitisimal little sparks of light. It was the first time I have seen ocean phosphorescence, and it was entrancing.

I can't believe sailing is almost over for the year!

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Ghost Trees

I sat down to edit/process some pictures tonight and was bogged down by my indecisiveness. You can only edit a picture of clouds for so long before you go crazy, so to maintain my sanity I let myself go crazy editing this picture of some trees burnt during the forest fire in June. And then I watched "She's the Man" on television, because Amanda Bynes and that joke with the tampons is hilarious. Or at least my funny bone thinks so.


Ghost Trees

Ghost Trees

Monday, September 01, 2008

Changes in the wind...

The news from me will be along shortly - but the primary note of interest is that I have put off my next degree for another year, and will be able to spend another blissful autumn and damp winter here in my beautiful home province. It also means more sailing, a definite doubleplusgood.

Hopefully I'll be able to start going through pictures soon and posting them along with some words about my doings in August (Chester Race Week, nephews, forest fire scars, gardening, blueberries, and so on). But since it is Labour Day, I naturally intend to do some fun labour - we have a few plants (oh, just a handful really!) strategically hidden around the yard that need to be planted.

Think that "few" and "hidden" doesn't really reveal the true state of things? Well, they were all on sale, at least...

Anyway, until my next photo editing mood, I leave you with this peaceful scene from the Public Gardens. It definitely helped me on the day that I took it. At the risk of over-explaining its appeal to me, I like the combination of blur and texture from the leaves and grasses.