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15 August 2010 @ 09:17 pm
Nova Scotia, Day 6 - Final Evening in Harbourville  

We didn't get back to the cottage from the south shore until close to supper time. It was a long, fun day, and our last full day in Harbourville; in the morning we would be leaving for Halifax for one last night before heading home on Sunday. I decided to go out and take a few pictures that evening, wanting to capture as much of the quaint character of the little town as I could. First, though, I had to change out of my wet clothes. Once I had changed, I put the wet clothes on the deck railing in the sun to dry out; as I was laying them out, a small, dark butterfly flew over and perched on the rail. I took a few photos of it before heading down to the beach.

Herring Gull

This is a Common Wood Nymph, one of my favourite butterflies and the first one that I've seen in Nova Scotia. It appears worn and faded, as fresh wood nymphs can be almost black.

Common Wood Nymph

Down on the main road, I began walking to the wharf on the east side of the harbour. This sailboat replica on the road out of town had always intrigued me. Where else would you see a miniature boat on the side of the road but in the Maritimes?

Fundy Lore

On my way to the eastern side of the harbour I found a large number of lupins growing along the side of the road. I just love the deep, purple-blue colour of these flowers:


These beautiful blue flowers were a magnet for bees, and again most of the ones that I saw were the Tri-colored Bumblebees. I was surprised that I actually captured one hovering next to the flower. You can see the pollen packets attached to its rear legs, which are the same shade of orange as the bee!

Tri-colored Bumblebee

Another image of the same bee, industriously collecting pollen:

Tri-colored Bumblebee

I left the bees alone and continued on my way. This house next to the wharf also intrigued me and captured my attention whenever I saw it from across the harbour. Even from a distance I noticed how crooked it was, and finally made a point of photographing it. Many buildings in Nova Scotia are old and have become warped over time (like our cottage!). I also noticed on my trip that Nova Scotians also have a fondness for painting their houses in bright colours. This house truly exemplified both traits!

Crooked House

I wasn't sure if the shore on the east side of the harbour was public or private property; there were a couple of houses beyond the wharf, and no road leading to them or the beach. I just took a couple of pictures and left, not wanting to incur the ire of the residents.

East side of the harbour

From there I walked back to the harbour. I stopped on the bridge to take a couple of pictures of the creek, but it was the boat resting on the lawn in true Maritime fashion that caught my attention.

Harbourville Creek

In this photo you can see the main bridge over the creek and the harbour in front of it. The tide is coming in, and the boats moored to the wharf are slowly beginning to rise.

Harbour at Low Tide

A couple of eiders were swimming in the mouth of the harbour. As I watched, one flew up onto the rocks of the breakwater and found a place to sit in the sun.

Common Eider

Several gulls were loafing around the wharf as well; this Herring Gull appeared to be waiting for the boats to come in with the day's catch.

Herring Gull

I spent some time down on the rocky beach but found nothing much of interest. Still, it was a warm, gorgeous evening and I wanted to drink in as much of Harbourville's charm and the Bay of Fundy's power and beauty before heading up to the cottage for the night. There's nothing more peaceful than watching the waves as the tide comes in; I would miss the tides once we left.

Soul Diasporasoul_diaspora on September 20th, 2010 04:21 am (UTC)
That's a gorgeous bumblebee, with the bright orange...I don't think I've ever seen that type before.
Gillian: Lady Beetlegillianm on September 22nd, 2010 11:59 am (UTC)
Thanks Suzanne! I have seen them around here in Ottawa, mainly at Hurdman. They don't seem to be as numerous here.