What's It All About, eh?

Cape Breton evokes deep memories and strong emotions for me as well as a deep appreciation for the beauty of my adopted island. My hopes are that you too might find the photos evocative - maybe a view you've not enjoyed before, or an 'Oh I've been there', or if from away that you may be encouraged to visit this fair isle so that you might come to love and breathe Cape Breton as I do. One word about place names that I use - some are completely local usage while others are from maps of Cape Breton that I've purchased over the years. I frequently post travel and other photos that are of interest to me - and hopefully you.

On the right hand side bar find my take on Single Malt whiskey - from how to best enjoy this noble drink to reviews (in a most non-professional manner) of ones that I have tried and liked - or not. Also musings, mine and others, on life in general.

Photographs are roughly 98%+ my own and copy-righted. For the occasional photo that is borrowed, credit is given where possible - recently I have started posting unusual net photographs that seem unique. Feel free to borrow any of my photos for non-commercial use, otherwise contact me. Starting late in 2013 I have tried to be consistent in identifying my photographs using ©smck on all out of camera photos I personally captured - (I often do very minor computer changes such as 'crop' or 'shadow' etc but usually nothing major), and using
©norvellhimself on all photos that I have played around with in case it might not be obvious.

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" -So Various"

turning 82 yesterday and enjoying it made me reflective on the randomness of our lives - and in particular when reading the local paper and seeing the obituary of a good friend who had reached 80 this year I could not help but think that life is so various as Mathew Arnold once said in his poem 

Dover Beach

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"Ah, love, let us be true
To one another! for the world, which seems
To lie before us like a land of dreams,
So various, so beautiful, so new,
Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,
Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;
And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night."

Meditative and rhetorical, Matthew Arnold’s poetry often wrestles with problems of psychological isolation and has influenced writers as different from each other as W. B. YeatsJames Wright, and Sylvia Plath



Old Man's Beard

The is actually a lichen called “Usnea,” which is the name of several species of lichen that grow hanging from tree branches, resembling greenish gray hair. It is commonly called Old Man’s Beard, beard lichen or tree moss. 
Does the lichen kill the trees, or do they prefer dead or dying trees? 
Because they do seem to prefer trees or shrubs already beginning to die, the lichen is often unjustly blamed for adversely affecting the tree. In actuality, many lichens grow rapidly when exposed to full sunlight, and that is why they are a common occurrence on dead or dying trees. Their position on the trees gives them a secure location to anchor as well as access to sunlight in dark forests. When the tree whose canopy is failing eventually dies, the lichen’s growth greatly increases because of the additional sunlight. This is why many dead or dying trees are often covered with lichens. Dying trees also often release a kind of sugar or sap, a lure for lichen – but lichens do not consume any part of the plant, nor do they poison it.

Road Repair After The Storm

These are the 'Follow Up' photographs with reference to my posting of 12Oct'16 ' of Day After The Rain.  In the hours following the time I had taken the earlier photographs the water had risen farther and washed away the road causing it to be closed and necessitating a detour around the old 'Mill Pond Road' and then up the 'East Side' of Grand River.