— Sunday, July 31st, 2016 — 21˚C / 69˚F @ 9:30 am in the Fredericton Area — Atlantic Time —
— Low tide on the Bay Of Fundy — Time-Sculpted Red Sandstone with just a hint of Cathi and other people in the background for scale. We visited St Andrews By The Sea on Sunday, July 31st, 2016 – and found the place very interesting and very charming. Canadians are, almost invariably, easier to get along with and ‘nicer’ than most of the USA-tians I grew up around / in spite of – High tide at St Andrews on the day we were there would be twenty three feet higher than low tide. The Bay of Fundy has the biggest difference between high and low tides of any place on this planet – There are times when especially large differences have the tide coming in looking like terraces of water.
— “Reversing Falls” has been called ‘Reversing Rapids’ lately – When the waters of the Bay of Fundy, which come in on the right side of this photo rise higher than the river – the rapids run the other way.
— Cathi caught me filling out a form inside the blockhouse at St Andrews by the Sea. I told somebody that the beds in the blockhouse looked uncomfortable. You can almost see one of them behind me here.
— A tourist reads the historic plaque at the Blockhouse in St Andrews by the Sea while one of three cannon sits – ready to be moved around a semi-circular track, loaded and fired at US raiders who might come from as close as Maine, which couldn’t be more than twenty miles West of here. With the coast line being quite jagged, any attackers would probably have had to sail farther than a crow could have flown in those days –
— Two of the three cannon on display at the Blockhouse in St Andrews. And hints of the semi-circular tracks the cannon could be pushed one way or the other to cover various angles attackers could be coming from.
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— Saturday, August 6th, 2016 — 26˚C / 78˚F & muggy @ 1:11 pm in Fredericton, New Brunswick —
— Back in the Fredericton, New Brunswick area – There are a LOT of walking trails in and around Fredericton. When old railroad tracks were torn up – new walking trails were put in, many of them are paved with bicycle friendly white lines to make the trails look almost like very thin roads so bikers know which half of the trail is ‘theirs’. This trail is just north of the St John River, on the North Side of Fredericton. Ducks Unlimited Canada built the platform near the upper centre of this photograph to accommodate large birds. There is a nesting pair of Osprey up there minding their eggs, and a large sign, slightly worse for wear along the trail.
— The camera couldn’t capture the birds very well. I don’t have a thousand dollar foot long lens that could get a really good close up of the pair of them.
— New Brunswick is the only officially bi-lingual Province in Canada. I like that. Not all residents of the Province are thrilled with the idea. The ‘divide and conquer’ politicians want to stir up trouble to busy voters with made-up controversy over non-issues to divert attention away from real issues, like where those politicians’ money goes and comes from, and what they really do with funds the taxpayers don’t know about. In truth, not all politicians know how the books are cooked and would probably have a hard time believing what’s really going on. One third of ‘government income’ comes from Taxes and Fees levied on the public, but that’s the only income they report in the budget statements they publish to justify raising those taxes and cutting back on their services. Forensic Accountants report that almost every level of government in North America – and most of the ‘Free World’ – could stop collecting taxes altogether, right now, today – and provide more and better services to all their constituents.
— Not a very good photograph, I should have worked on it before I posted it here. We went out in search of the Osprey Nest unexpectedly – after we discovered a leash free dog park on the North Side, just south of Main Street, behind a Tim Hortons, near a Home Hardware store. Serendipity R Us –
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