This little spruce tree has taken root right next to a tall, old tree. I couldn’t help thinking how it looked like a big brother protecting its little brother from branch breaking wind and pelting rain. A silly thought, but I liked it just the same.
Trees are often shaped by the wind and weather. Some of the resulting forms range from soft curves to gnarly tangles, but are always interesting to observe.
I’ve been noticing trees lately. They are diverse in form. The bark is unique to each species. They are one of the most beautiful, and useful, objects in nature. The way they are planted can provide protection from the wind, or sun.
People intervene, and the wood is used for various purposes. The tree rings reveal growth and weather patterns. Some historical events can be traced through the rings.
How many uses for trees here? box, bench, boat, deck, shed, fence, fuel.
People have used trees for thousands of years to build items of necessity, and also decorative, even humourous things.
And sometimes, someone just does this….
Our trip to Atlantic Canada was fast coming to an end, with only two days left before heading home to Regina, Saskatchewan. When we left the bed and breakfast at Havre Boucher, Nova Scotia, it was very foggy, but we decided to carry on to Cape Breton Island anyway, and hoping for the mist to clear.
There is a causeway joining mainland Nova Scotia and the Island, so we set off to find it in the fog.
Making our way across the causeway to Cape Breton Island.
A look at the causeway from the Cape Breton side.
What we could see through the misty fog.
Sometimes we couldn’t tell where the ocean ended, and the horizon began.
At last the fog began to lift, and we could see some of the island coastline.
Parts of the coastline were rugged and natural.
Other areas were quite bucolic.
Before leaving the island, we stopped at small gift shop, and information centre. Outside was this monument. The plaque stated that it was erected to the memory of Angus L. MacDonald by the Nova Scotia Association of Scottish Societies. Born in 1890, Angus was the Premier of Nova Scotia for many years, and also served as the Minister of Defense for Naval Services during WWII. He died in 1954.
Inside the Information centre, we were welcomed, not once, but twice!
On display was a model of the Blue Nose, Canada’s famed sailing ship.
Though it had cleared up quite nicely, we ventured to Dieppe, where we would spend one more night before our flight would whisk us away from the Maritimes.