My Best Photos of August 2013

A summary of my best photos taken in August 2013 during my daily walks around Oathill Lake in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.

My Best Photos of July 2013

A summary of my best photos taken in July 2013 during my daily walks around Oathill Lake in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.

My Best Photos of June 2013

A summary of my best photos taken in June 2013 during my daily walks around Oathill Lake in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.

My Best Photos of May 2013

A summary of my best photos taken in May 2013 during my daily walks around Oathill Lake in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.

York Redoubt – Halifax, NS

October 21/2008: our Sunday afternoon outing took us to the ‘York Redoubt’ in Halifax, Nova Scotia. York Redoubt was the heart of the defenses protecting the outer harbour approaches to Halifax. It is currently a national historic site of Canada.

plaque about York Redoubt

plaque about York Redoubt

“Your Redoubt was the heart fo the defences protecting the outer harbour approaches to Halifx. Begun in 1793 it was enlarged by the Duke of Kent who constructed a martello tower here in 1798. The redoubt became an essential link in the communications sytem protecting the city against surprise attach. Its strategic importance was such that it was rebuilt in the 1860’s and 1880’s to mount more powerful guns. In the twentieth century York Reboubt became the tactical command centre for all harbour defenses. It remained active until 1956.”

canon

canon

canon

canon

gears on canon

gears on canon

With the beautiful fall colors and the temperatures still not too cold, it was the perfect day to go exploring. From the top of the walls of the redoubt we saw a walking path below and found a way to get on it and then found out that we could go all the way down to the ocean.

The following pictures were taken a various elevations from the path below the redoubt looking toward the lighthouse off McNab’s island.

looking down to harbout

looking down to harbout

view across the harbout

view across the harbour

view across the harbour

view across the harbour

At redoubt there was a building that looked like the stones were rusted. At first I could not figure out the reason why. But once I made it down to the seashore, it became very clear. The local stones must have a very high iron content as they also looked rusted. The view is away from the harbour toward the Atlantic Ocean.

the stones are rich in iron

the stones are rich in iron

looking towards the Atlantic Ocean

looking towards the Atlantic Ocean – rusted looking stones at the shore

opening in wall

opening in wall

I found all those openings in the walls intriguing and just had to take pictures of them. The left picture is of one that is set right into the corner of a wall.

chapel and reflection in window

interior/scenery reflected in windows of church

This picture on the right is my favorite picture. There is the quaint small wooden church just below the redoubt. A plaque dates it to 1846. I looking in throught the big windows and saw that there were pews inside, so I decided to take a picture. As it turned out the windows reflected my hubby walking along on the path and the trees and at the same time the pews in the  interior of the church are also visible.

Spring Is Coming to Oathill Lake – April 2013 photos

Spring is slow to arrive in Eastern Canada this year. But towards the end of April there are definite signs of spring coming to Oathill Lake.

Fall at Oathill Lake – October 16, 2002

The Fall leaves at Oathill Lake are always breathtaking. The colors are different every year, depending on the amount of moisture we had. The colors are at their prime usually around mid October.

Whale Watching with the Grandkids

My grandson Sammy loves whales and can tell you all kinds of information about them. So when he and his family came to visit Halifax, we just had to take a whale watching trip. Unfortunately, we did not see any whales, but we still had lots of fun.

PS. Click on the image for a larger version

whale watching tour

whale watching tour

Forgot to take a picture of the ship we were on: The Halegonian III. We had beautiful weather and stayed on the top deck most of the time. The tour took about 2½ hours and took us just slightly outside the mouth of the harbour and back.

whale watching looking at Dartmouth, NS

whale watching looking at Dartmouth, NS

And off we go. The kids are intrigued.

whale watching with the Munchkins

whale watching with the Munchkins

On a chimney of an abandoned building on St. George’s island sat a bald eagle. The island looks deceivingly empty. The island is fortified and there are many underground tunnels as well as garter snakes.

whale watching St. George's island

whale watching St. George’s island

Part of the tour included a check on a lobster trap. That day there were 8 lobster in it. The lobsters that were too small were thrown back into the water, the others were kept in a tank in the lower level for us to check out.

whale watching the lobster catch

whale watching the lobster catch

By the time we were approaching the wide open Atlantic Ocean it became very clear to me that I did not possess ‘sea legs’. As long as I sat down and did not move I was fine, but as soon as I stood up my stomach started to feel queasy. So I stayed put and then eventually went to the lower level and the problem went away.

whale watching at the mouth of Halifax harbour

whale watching at the mouth of Halifax harbour

Every time I am at the Atlantic coast I am in awe. I am literally at the edge of this huge ocean that stretches all the way down to the South Pole.

whale watching the sea life

whale watching the sea life

The previous day’s tour saw a baby humpback whale, but we did not have that luck. We saw the tip of a porpoise, gannets, a harbour seal and on the way back we fed bread to the seagulls.

whale watching returning to the pier

whale watching returning to the pier

We passed the cruise ship Maasdam and a really cool private sailing yacht on the way back to the wharf. Halifax is a popular cruise ship destination.

Old Locarno – 2002

The view of Locarno from the hillside above is spectacular. Due to the high temperatures and high humidity while I was there the pictures are not as clear as I would have liked them to be.

After walking around the neighbourhood where my mom lives a few times I just had to take my camera along one day to take these pictures. The narrow streets are typical of the way villages used to look.

Rules for Swimming

Rules for swimming in the lake

Rules for swimming in the lake

Rules for Swimming are posted all along the shore of the lake. They say in German:

  • Nie mit vollem oder ganz leerem Magen schwimmen! Nach üppigem Essen 2 Stunden warten. Alkohol meiden.
  • Nie überhitzt ins Wasser springen! Der Körper braucht Anpassungszeit.
  • Nicht in trübe oder unbekannte Gewässer springen! Unbekanntes kann Gefahren bergen.
  • Kleine Kinder nie unbeaufsichtigt am Wasser lassen! Sie kennen keine Gefahren.
  • Luftmatratzen und Schwimmhilfen gehören nicht ins tiefe Wasser! Sie bieten keine Sicherheit.
  • Lange Strecken nie alleine schwimmen! Auch der besttrainierte Körper kann eine Schwäche erleiden

In English:

  • Never go swimming with a full or totally empty stomach! After a big meal wait 2 hours. Avoid alcohol.
  • Don’t jump into the Water overheated! The body needs time to adjust.
  • Don’t jump into muddy or unknown water. Unknown dangers can be hidden.
  • Don’t leave small children unsupervised near the water. They don’t know danger.
  • Air mattresses or flotation devices don’t beglong in deep water! They don’t offer security.
  • Don’t swim long distances alone! Even the best trained body can suffer a weakness.

Many houses have beautiful paintings that have been lovingly restored.

Cemetary

The sign at Ca’ di Ferro, the old army barracks from the 16th century, said:

“Quarters for mercenary troups constructed in the years 1540-1580 by captain Peter a Pro of Uri. The chapel was built around 1630. It is now a private residence and no visitors are admitted.”

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