Sail Boats in Moose River

We had a sailboat of unusual design pay us a visit last year.

New Web Cam

Check out the new web cam. Much better definition, 2 sec update, 24 hour replay, watch the tides go in and out and the fog and sun play over the Two Islands. At the moment you can only get the 24h replay on the Nova Scotia Web Cams site. Click below and pick the 24h replay tab in the upper left hand corner. At the bottom choose your time interval from 2 min to 1 hour.

Glooscap Looses Face

This past
winter will be remembered by those Rockcliffe residents who frequent the popular picnic spot at the mouth of the Moose River as the year that we lost Glooscap. For those not steeped in local folklore Glooscap was a Mi’kmaq god. There are many stories about him but I will have to check my sources before I start on them in a public forum. He was supposed to end up on Blomidon but my wife was always convinced that this profile, shown in the picture to the immediate left, was Glooscap right to the feathered topknot. Unfortunately as you can see in the lower picture, last winter’s storms got the better of him and Glooscap is no more.

Treasures on the Beach

Last weekend was beautiful for a walk on the beach with the grandchildren. Seeing things you are used to through the eyes of a child is always an educational experience but on the beach it is wonderful. Here is a fossilized section of mudflat showing wave ripples (plus a couple of pretty rocks for good measure).

Feathered Friends

Although the sun is not shining as much as one would like we had some new visitors a few days ago in the form of a pair of Gross-beaks. Though not uncommon in the area they were the first we had seen at our feeder. We were also inundated with blue jays one day when I counted 18 all trying to get a bite to eat at one time. This only happened once and I have no idea what caused the sudden influx or where they disappeared to. The interest in the feeder is waning as the natural food supply increases.