Project 52 – 2015 – Week 8

Blue skies smilin’ at me
Nothin’ but blue skies do I see.
February 22-28, 2015 – featuring the beautiful blue sky we have been enjoying.

Lots of geese around...

Lots of geese around…

Cute flower buds on the paulownia... they have personality!

Cute flower buds on the paulownia… they have personality!

Rooster on a barn...

Rooster on a barn…

Flag movement...

Flag movement…

Turret...

Turret…

Roofline...

Roofline…

Melting...

Melting…

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh………..

TGS

Project 52 – 2015 – Week 7

Feb 15-21… more snow. For this week’s photo selection I have chosen to try to show the happier side of our winter scenery as seen in the Historic Gardens.

Witch Hazel 'Pallida' in bloom - always a cheery February sight!

Witch Hazel ‘Pallida’ in bloom – always a cheery February sight!

The texture of a Sycamore Maple against the blue sky.

The texture of a Sycamore Maple against the blue sky.

Not the best shot, but there was something "Pot of Gold" about it that intrigued me...

Not the best shot, but there was something “Pot of Gold” about it that intrigued me…

The Black Pussy Willow is starting to think about spring.

The Black Pussy Willow is starting to think about spring.

This wee lone cone on the Contorted Japanese Larch is always photogenic.

This wee lone cone on the Contorted Japanese Larch is always photogenic.

Study in Snowdrifts #1

Study in Snowdrifts #1

Study in Snowdrifts #2

Study in Snowdrifts #2

Study in Snowdrifts #3

Study in Snowdrifts #3

 

The Gardens are beautiful any time of year, but snowshoes are a necessity this year if you want to witness the beauty first hand!

TGS

Project 52 – 2015 – Week 6

Fun in the Snow – Week ending Feb 14/15

Face painting for the Young-at-heart...

Face painting for the Young-at-heart…

Yaaaaaayyyy - he scores!

Yaaaaaayyyy – he scores!

Monkey balls anyone?

Monkey balls anyone?

Snowshoes anyone?

Snowshoes anyone?

Waiting for a walk...

Waiting for a walk…

A path well used...

A path well used…

Snow fort...

Snow fort…

Great to see people enjoying the snow in their own way!

TGS

Project 52 – 2015 – Week 5

February 1-7 – After a fairly open December and January, winter hit with a vengeance. For my weekly collection of photos I have opted for photographs of people dealing with the onset of mega-winter in their own way.

Shoveller extraordinaire...

Shoveller extraordinaire…

Duelling snowblowers...

Duelling snowblowers…

Snow mountain view...

Snow mountain view…

Exporting snow...

Exporting snow…

Frigid walk...

Frigid walk…

Snowy Selfie...

Snowy Selfie…

The only way...

The only way…

Market morning...

Market morning…

He's walking to work...

He’s walking to work…

The mountains of snow just keep getting higher…

TGS

 

Project 52 – 2015 – Week 4

A somewhat belated post representing Week 4 of 2015 – January 25-31. It seemed that we had almost every possible type of winter weather in one week, with every day having a very different feel. These shots represent a variety of the conditions of the week.

January 25 - Witch hazels in bloom in the Historic Gardens.

January 25 – Witch hazels in bloom in the Historic Gardens.

January 26 - the calm before the storm...

January 26 – the calm before the storm…

The storm - Snowstorm #1 on January 27. Little did we know how much snow we would see falling over the next 10 days!

The storm – Snowstorm #1 on January 27. Little did we know how much snow we would see falling over the next 10 days!

January 29 was a beautiful winter day in the Gardens. The next several shots were taken during a trek around the Gardens.

January 29 was a beautiful winter day in the Gardens. The next several shots were taken during a trek around the Gardens.

January 29 continued - Gorgeous blue sky in the Historic Gardens

January 29 continued – Gorgeous blue sky in the Historic Gardens

January 29 continued - The cone of the Japanese Umbrella Pine

January 29 continued – The cone of the Japanese Umbrella Pine

January 29 continued - Soft shadows in the Historic Gardens

January 29 continued – Soft shadows in the Historic Gardens

January 29 continued - Oak leaves still hanging around in the Historic Gardens

January 29 continued – Oak leaves still hanging around in the Historic Gardens

On January 30, an extremely cold night led to beautiful sea smoke in the morning.

On January 30, an extremely cold night led to beautiful sea smoke in the morning.

And on January 31, another blast of snow to end the week.

And on January 31, another blast of snow to end the week.

I have a feeling my Week 5 post will be “all about snow”, as winter has hit with a vengeance.

TGS

Project 52 – 2015 – Week 3

This week’s series is from the Annapolis Royal Winter Farmers Market, the morning of Jan 24. Mostly food, but not entirely.

All were taken with my 50mm prime lens.

Jerusalem Artichoke...

Jerusalem Artichoke…

Mushrooms...

Mushrooms…

Stone hearth bread...

Stone hearth bread…

Veggies to be... from Annapolis Seeds.

Veggies to be… from Annapolis Seeds.

Wool...

Wool…

I love apples...

I love apples…

Locally roasted coffee...

Locally roasted coffee…

Farm fresh eggs...

Farm fresh eggs…

Spanakopita made a great lunch...

Spanakopita made a great lunch…

My favourite treat!

My favourite treat!

New this week, Devin had French Toast...

New this week, Devin had French Toast…

Firewood, just a peek!

Firewood, just a peek!

The Annapolis Royal Winter Farmers Market is held at the Historic Gardens 9-12 every Saturday morning, from mid October through mid May. A great offering of local food, and a few other local products as well. The Winter Market is a nice companion to the renowned Annapolis Royal Farmers & Traders Market which is held at the Market Square in the summer months. How fortunate we are in Annapolis Royal to have access to our local growers and producers 52 weeks a year through the combination of the summer and winter markets.

TGS

Project 52 – 2015 – Week 2

In my Week 2 photo selection, I have chosen to feature scenes that in some way reflect the rich heritage of Annapolis Royal. From buildings, to plants to sunsets, each has a story to tell.

What we now refer to as the "Kerr House" at the Historic Gardens was built by Henry Goldsmith approx 1817. One of the unique features of the house is that it is situation sideways to the main St George Street. Almost as if the builders knew that one day it would be part of a bigger complex like the Gardens when facing the parking lot would make lots of sense!

What we now refer to as the “Kerr House” at the Historic Gardens was built by Henry Goldsmith approx 1817. One of the unique features of the house is that it is situation sideways to the main St George Street. Almost as if the builders knew that one day it would be part of a bigger complex like the Gardens when facing the parking lot would make lots of sense!

The Runciman House on St. George Street was also built in 1817. The way it is set back from the street has always appealed to me. This property once had a very special garden in the back - a dream would be to one day see that garden restored.

The Runciman House on St. George Street was also built in 1817. The way it is set back from the street has always appealed to me. This property once had a very special garden in the back – a dream would be to one day see that garden restored.

Built as a private residence in 1869, this grand property has seen many uses over the years, including about 10 years as St. Andrew's School. It has spent most of its life in the hospitality business, now known as the Queen Anne Inn. It is fortunate to have several stately elms that really add to the overall property appearance.

Built as a private residence in 1869, this grand property has seen many uses over the years, including about 10 years as St. Andrew’s School. It has spent most of its life in the hospitality business, now known as the Queen Anne Inn. It is fortunate to have several stately elms that really add to the overall property appearance.

Built in 1859 as an Inn, the Hillsdale House Inn and spent most of its life in the hospitality business, although it was a private residence for many years in the mid-late 1900's before returning to an Inn. The property is equally beautiful, with an incredible view of the Allain's River valley behind.

Built in 1859 as an Inn, the Hillsdale House Inn and spent most of its life in the hospitality business, although it was a private residence for many years in the mid-late 1900’s before returning to an Inn. The property is equally beautiful, with an incredible view of the Allain’s River valley behind.

The Annapolis Royal Regional Academy, after a long history of serving the educational needs of our community, will sadly close its doors as a school in just a few weeks. It has been in continuous use as a school since 1883. The community is working hard to ensure that its next life in the community is equally meaningful!

The Annapolis Royal Regional Academy, after a long history of serving the educational needs of our community, will sadly close its doors as a school in just a few weeks. It has been in continuous use as a school since 1883. The community is working hard to ensure that its next life in the community is equally meaningful!

The "Kerr Elm" at the Historic Gardens is situated right behind the "Kerr House" and is one of the more notable heritage trees in the Province of Nova Scotia. A gigantic weeping form of American Elm, this tree has watched over many generations of history in Annapolis Royal. The stories it could tell...

The “Kerr Elm” at the Historic Gardens is situated right behind the “Kerr House” and is one of the more notable heritage trees in the Province of Nova Scotia. A gigantic weeping form of American Elm, this tree has watched over many generations of history in Annapolis Royal. The stories it could tell…

The Garrison Cemetery represents many stories of our past, well told by Alan Melanson during his Graveyard Tours each summer. The oldest gravestone in Nova Scotia (1720) is situated in this graveyard. It is said that while there are about 200 headstones in this graveyard, there are likely some 2000 people actually buried there.

The Garrison Cemetery represents many stories of our past, well told by Alan Melanson during his Graveyard Tours each summer. The oldest gravestone in Nova Scotia (1720) is situated in this graveyard. It is said that while there are about 200 headstones in this graveyard, there are likely some 2000 people actually buried there.

The fluffy "Elephant Grass" has been growing in the area behind Charlie's Place and the Historic Gardens for many generations. Also known as Norfolk Reed, it is an ideal thatching grass, and has been used to thatch the Acadian Cottage in the Gardens. According to local lore, it came to Annapolis Royal via a circus train - thus the nickname. Others believe it may have been brought from Europe to use as thatching material. The debate continues...

The fluffy “Elephant Grass” has been growing in the area behind Charlie’s Place and the Historic Gardens for many generations. Also known as Norfolk Reed, it is an ideal thatching grass, and has been used to thatch the Acadian Cottage in the Gardens. According to local lore, it came to Annapolis Royal via a circus train – thus the nickname. Others believe it may have been brought from Europe to use as thatching material. The debate continues…

What does a sunset have to do with heritage? Lots, I say. Because this is very much the same sunset one would have seen 400 years ago standing on the riverside in the lower part of Town. AND it is this very body of water, the Annapolis Basin, that Champain noted upon arrival in 1604 was vast enough to anchor 1000 ships. He was so impressed that he immediately named the harbour Port Royal.

What does a sunset have to do with heritage? Lots, I say. Because this is very much the same sunset one would have seen 400 years ago standing on the riverside in the lower part of Town. AND it is this very body of water, the Annapolis Basin, that Champain noted upon arrival in 1604 was vast enough to anchor 1000 ships. He was so impressed that he immediately named the harbour Port Royal.

What a special corner of the world!

TGS

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