Trap Door

My wife and I rented a cottage in Seal Cove on Grand Manan in April of 1994, but the weather prevented us from exploring the area. Earlier this month the weather was much better and my family was able to get out and see the area and to meet some of the locals. Seal Cove provides one of the nicest beaches on the whole island, but for me it was the colourful architecture of this old fishing community that I enjoyed the most.

Fishing plays a large part in the lives of those who live on Grand Manan. Herring Fishing along with Lobster fishing and harvesting dulse have been a way of life for many generations. These buildings were built in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s and their design, creative use of color provided an abundance of photographic subjects. I love the way the builders incorporated the sides of the lobster traps next to the red door. This might be my favourite photograph from the trip.

"Trap Door"

“Trap Door”

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A Second Honeymoon (With Kids)

In April of 1994 my wife and I took our first trip to Grand Manan, the largest of the Fundy Isles. This past week we returned for the first time since our honeymoon but now as a family of five. We rented a cottage in North Head along the beach in Flaggs Cove. Being almost 20 years since our last visit we spent most of our time touring the Island’s coastline, visiting lighthouses and beaches with our kids.

Flaggs Cove, Grand Manan Ferry heading towards the Swallowtail Lighthouse and then onto Black Harbour

Flaggs Cove- The Grand Manan Ferry heading towards the Swallowtail Lighthouse and then onto Blacks Harbour on the main land of New Brunswick

The first evening we arrived we headed to Pettes Cove and the Swallowtail Lighthouse before heading back to the cottage and to bed.

Hole In The Wall - Whale Cove

Hole In The Wall – Whale Cove

Day two took us to Northern Head and the famous Hole-in-the-Wall.

Southern Head Cliffs - It was foggy but you could tell it was a long way down

Southern Head Cliffs – It was foggy but you could tell it was a long way down

On day three of our trip we travelled down route 776 to the Southern Head, Seal Cove and Anchorage Park. It was quite foggy in the morning so the view wasn’t what we hoped for but you could still make the outline of the 100- 200 foot cliffs to the bay in several places.

One of the local in Anchorage Park

One of the locals in Anchorage Park

White Head and Grand Harbour was the destination on day four before heading home again on the ferry.

White Head Island just off Grand Manan

White Head Island just off Grand Manan

An Abandoned Lighthouse on Ross Island

An Abandoned Lighthouse on Ross Island

I was anxiously awaiting the trip back to Grand Manan, and it didn’t disappoint. If you are planning a trip to the East Coast I’d suggest you add Grand Manan to your must see list of things to do.

Memories of 2012

Before I close out 2012 I thought I would share some of my favourite images from the past year. A couple of you might recognize some of them from previous post, but a few images might be new to you as well. It was fun reminiscing about road trips and the great times I had with my family while putting this post together. Hard to believe the year is over, but I guess as they say, time flies when you are having fun.

Hope you enjoy.

Evening Tide - Duck Cove, Brunswick

Evening Tide – Duck Cove, New Brunswick

Bladder Wrack - Saint John, New Brunswick

Bladder Wrack – Saint John, New Brunswick

East Quoddy Lighthouse on Campobello Island. Photograph taken from Deer Island.

East Quoddy Lighthouse on Campobello Island. Photograph taken from Deer Island, New Brunswick.

Sunset and Fishing Weirs - Campobello Island, New Brunswick

Sunset and Fishing Weirs – Campobello Island, New Brunswick

Weir and Seaweed - At high tide this shot wouldn't be possible. Knowing when to go made this image possible.

Weir and Seaweed – Mclaren’s Beach, New Brunswick

Sunset and Seagull - Campobello Island, New Brunswick

Sunset and Seagull – Campobello Island, New Brunswick

Passamaquoddy Bay and Sunset

Sunset, Seagulls and Sandstone – St. Andrews, New Brunswick

Seagull and Sunset

Seagull at Sunrise – St. Andrews, New Brunswick

Lookout - Passamaquoddy Bay, New Brunswick

The Lookout – Passamaquoddy Bay, New Brunswick

Piping Plover on The Passamaquoddy

Piping Plover on The Passamaquoddy – St. Andrews, New Brunswick

Harbour and Grey Seals on the rocks

Harbour and Grey Seals on the rocks – Passamaquoddy Bay, New Brunswick

Fall Breeze – Saint John, New Brunswick

Morning Flare – Red Head, New Brunswick

Angel on the Ocean – Red Head, New Brunswick

Cold and Turning Blue - Seaside Park, New Brunswick

Cold and Turning Blue – Seaside Park, New Brunswick

Seaside Park in the snow

Quaco Head Light House – St. Martins, New Brunswick

Seaside and snow - Seaside Park, Saint John, New Brunswick

Seaside and Snow – Seaside Park, New Brunswick

Haggertys Cove

Haggertys Cove – New River, New Brunswick

Radiance - Saint John, New Brunswick

Radiance – Black Beach, New Brunswick

Glen Falls - Saint John, New Brunswick

Glen Falls – Saint John, New Brunswick

Little Girls First Paddle - Long Reach, New Brunswick

Little Girls First Paddle – Long Reach, New Brunswick

The Bay of Fundy in Action - Saint John, New Brunswick

The Bay of Fundy in Action – Duck Cove, New Brunswick

Happy New Year! - Saint John, New Brunswick

Happy New Year! – Saint John Harbour, New Brunswick

The Trip

Every year my family packs up our car with camping gear, luggage and all the necessary items for our annual camping trip. This year with sleeping bags, pillows, pots and pans at feet and on laps, we headed to what has become one of our one of our favorite destinations over the last few years. Passamaquoddy Bay is an inlet inside The Bay of Fundy and derives its name from the Passamaquoddy First Nation. It is the part of The Bay of Fundy where New Brunswick meets Maine and where the St. Croix River drains into. The Passamaquoddy is also where the Fundy Isles that I written about are located.

Passamaquoddy Bay at Sunset

This years camping site was Saint Andrews which is located in Charlotte County, New Brunswick. Commonly referred to as St. Andrews by the Sea and with a population of about 1800 this small town is a major attraction for the county and a bustling tourist destination for both Canadians and Americans. With a wide variety of small boutiques and restaurants lined along the shores of the bay, St. Andrews is a busy spot in the summer months.

Seagull at Sunrise

One of my favorite things to do in St. Andrews is to drive or walk along the road that lines the edge of the town. It provides a magnificent view on all sides, and great opportunities for taking photographs from sunrise to sunset. The beaches are also a fun spot for the kids to get out and enjoy the sand and shorelines. With numerous types of shorebirds and other wildlife, it is a great place to help kids appreciate nature. In one day you can have opportunities to play with green crabs on the beach, see great blue herons, plovers, cormorants and seals all from shore.

One Leg Piping Plover on The Passamaquoddy

The highlight of this summer’s trip was whale watching. Passamaquoddy Bay has several species of whales with the most common being the Minke, Finback, and Humpback. Although the whales were a little shy, we did see a well-known minke named “slice”. He got this name because he doesn’t have a typical looking dorsal fin and has had the top of it sliced off somehow. Along with Slice the minke, we saw porpoises, several bald eagles, gannets, and harbor and grey seals.

Slice the Minke

Harbour and Grey Seals on the rocks

Our annual camping trip is one of the highlights of the year and is the unofficial end of summer. It has become a great time for us to get away from all the business of life and distractions of work, internet and TV. I’m finding the older I get that I don’t necessarily enjoy the “roughing it” part of the trip, but it is still nice to take off with my family and just enjoy each others company, along with all that God has made.

The Fundy Isles – Deer Island

There are several unique qualities that the Bay of Fundy offers for photographers. Of course, the ocean and coastline are top of the list, but something that I don’t hear mentioned enough are the islands that make up such a large part of the beauty of this area.  There are three in particular that are a must on my list of places to visit at least once a year. Known as the Fundy Isles, Deer Island, Campobello Island and Grand Manan are a photographer’s paradise.

Capturing photographs of wildlife from shore is one of many reasons to visit Deer Island Point Park.

The island that my family and I visit most often is Deer Island. The ferry ride from the mainland of L’Etete, which is just outside St. George New Brunswick, is about 20 minutes. Once on the island, there is no shortage of subjects to photograph even with the island only being 12 kilometers long. The twisting roads that run through this rural fishing community provide incredible imagery of a beautiful coastal community. There are several wharfs, and weirs to go along with the colorful fishing boats. Once you drive in closer to the wharves and boats, the fishermen with their tackle such as nets and traps are great subjects to capture in detailed shots.

Fishing Boats docked

The centerpiece of the island, for me, is Deer Island Point Park. This area of the island offers a campground and some of the best opportunities to photograph everything from sunrise to sunset along with whales, seals, porpoises, bald eagles, and osprey all in one day. It is truly a photographer or outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Some of my favorite images from the island have been captured here, not to mention some of our best family vacations.

Some things look like they haven't changed in a 100 years

The other part of Deer Island that I consider a photographer’s delight is the area between Chocolate Cove and Lord’s Cove. It is here that the fishing community comes to life. The area starts to stir at 5:00 am and is constant motion all day with fishing and whale watching boats coming and going. The boats along with their traps and nets offer unlimited chances for creating the perfect image.

The Fisherman's day starts early, so mine had to as well

Deer Island may be small in land mass but it is enormous when it comes to photographic inspiration and opportunities.  The other benefit to visiting Deer Island is that taking a cruise to this island is free.