Wednesday, December 13, 2017


Some years ago I started photographing old houses and barns wherever I traveled. After hundreds of photos, I realized that there were many different types, varying in size, shape, materials used, and the culture of the community in which they...
Pans of ice shunted back and forth through the Strait of Canso. It was the middle of March 1946. We were on our way to the Canadian-American border. We spent that winter living at my grandparents’ place in South West...
I stood on the old wharf below Babin’s Hill and waited for the setting sun to produce the image that I thought might take place. I wasn’t disappointed. There were just enough clouds to hide the sun at the horizon...
Our flight took us over the Strait of Canso, over Lennox Passage, and many of the islands that lay adjacent to Janvrin’s Island and Arichat. A quick glance reveals an abundance of gravel and sand that make up the shores...
Much of the landforms of Cape Breton are made up of hard resistant plateaus such as those of Northern Cape Breton. The edges are steep and drop abruptly to the sea or to deep river valleys and ravines. Many of...
I’m sitting on my veranda having a cool drink and watching the round bales of hay pop out of the baler in the field across the way near St. Margaret’s Church in West Bay Road. Am I wishing to...
I was standing on the bluff of the Chimney Corner road looking down on Margaree Harbour and the mouth of the Margaree River. The new bridge loomed in the distance and the beach was covered with ice and snow. The...
The autumn colour season is just about over. We were all expecting that the colours might be not as good as other years because of the dry summer season, but in places, they are as brilliant as ever. Now it...
A couple of summers ago on a trip to Baddeck, I decided to re-visit the Uisge Ban waterfall. By following the road on the west side of the Baddeck River, it didn’t take long to get to the Department of...
On July 8, 1773, a rickety 20-year-old Dutch ship left Loch Broom on the west coast of Scotland with 189 displaced Highland Scots on board seeking a new life in the wilderness of eastern Canada. Like some of the vessels...
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