La Seigneurie de l’Île d’Orleans

On a day trip out from Quebec City, we came to stroll the gardens, but the only one available for visitors was Lavender. The timing was perfect, as we were there 10 days before the crop would be harvested for the season. There are 75,000 lavender bushes, with plenty of butterflies and bees to keep them pollinated. This beautiful location is used for weddings, too!

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Fresco of Quebec

The first of several murals added to walls in Quebec appeared in 1999, but in the oldest part of the city – Place Royale. The three-dimensional work of art is full of the city’s history. So much detail capture one’s attention, as you discover all its features and the moments in history it represents.

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Active Military

The Citadelle of Quebec is still an active military installation after 300+ years. No wonder we saw replacement blocks ready to be put in place. The fortifcation is integrated into the wall surrounding Old Quebec. There is a pleasant boardwalk known as the Governor’s Promenade that runs along the outside wall, and brings you to the Terrasse Dufferin. The green space surrounding the Citadelle, provides a lovely respite and view of the St. Lawrence River for those willing to make the climb.

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Proceed with Caution – High Tides

Fully immersed in Nova Scotia, it was time to travel along the Bay of Fundy. I had heard the Bay was known for high tides, and we came upon Burntcoat Head Park for our first stop. While we were there at high tide, this image from another photographer shows the same area a low tide.

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On the property, is this replica lighthouse used as a little museum describing the significance of the tides and the local area. “Brag of your country. When I am abroad I brag of everything that Nova Scotia is, has, or can produce, and when they beat me at everything else, I say, “How high do your tides rise?” Joseph Howe, 1804 – 1873

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Nice Set of Wheels

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The Bozenkill Preserve is one of many Capital Region nature trails managed by the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy. While a walk in the woods generally means admiring leaves, trees, and flowers; this walk discovered a well worn set of wheels. I am sure they earned their keep back in the day, and make a terrific addition to the bed of fall leaves and grove of “stand up straight” trees holding their ground.

Watch Your Step…Crevice Ahead

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While hiking along the trail to High Point, watch where you step! As pretty as they are with their moss covering, a misstep could have you stumbling into one of these crevices when you least expect it. While researching what causes them, I discovered the history of their evolution. High Point is part of the Helderberg Escarpment, which is made of limestone. Limestone erodes over time due to water, and the proximity of the crevices to trees, indicates the tree roots took that erosion up a notch causing cracks. Continued rainwater flowing into the cracks not only expanded the cracks into these significant crevices, the dampness became a breeding ground for the lovely green moss.