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 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. Lately I have dropped the ©smck and have watermarked them with the blog name.

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Weekly Visitors - to date

Listed in order of most visiting to least - love to see them all 

United States
United Kingdom

Graph of most popular countries among blog viewers 
- there might be a few more for Blogspot only shows me the top ten 

Good Morning Finland

Morning Has Broken

Morning has broken like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the world

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Visitors redux

Glad to see visitors from Romania, Indonesia, and China today - feel free to comment (just click the pencil icon at the bottom of a post) and to tell a friend about my blog.  Norvellhimself!!

Timb!! - Redux

 Oh Chickadee perched on a limb
A fluffy ball no longer slimb
Tho full of vigor and of vimb
You sit so proper and so primb
As I photograph you on a whimb
Tell me, are you her or are you himb
Hey what the heck I'll call you Timb
As you feed here in winter grimb
© smck 9 Feb '13
just felt like re-posting this - it was fun to do

Mill Race

"A mill race, millrace or millrun is the current of water that turns a water wheel, or the channel (sluice) conducting water to or from a water wheel. Compared to the broad waters of a mill pond, the narrow current is swift and powerful. The race leading to the water wheel on a wide stream or mill pond is called the head race (or headrace), and the race leading away from the wheel is called the tail race (or tailrace).  A mill race has many geographically specific names, such as leat, lade, flume, goit, penstock..."  re/Wikipedia

Well the view above is really not the mill race but rather the tail race.  Some time ago - long before I was born and possibly even before my father was born, the North East Creek had been dammed - in lovely Port Deposit Granite - and a millrun dug perpendicular to the creek (still in evidence near the police station, though it now is dry and overgrown in briars, honey suckle, trees and feral cats) that ran to the Mill.  When I was just a young elementary school boy the mill was in disrepair but the race still ran deep and the mechanism of the turning wheels was much in evidence.  However beyond the mill and the drop-off the tailrace ran somewhat parallel to Main Street and exited to the river as you see above on the right of the photo.  Many a family at the end of town would row a small rowboat up the tail race and carry their shopping home in the little boat rather than arm-load it home a longer way by street. 

Sunset At Black Hill

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Peregrine Falcon - Fálco peregrinus

Peregrine Falcon - Fálco peregrinus

"A rare local falcon of coasts, mountains, and woods.  Best field marks are facial pattern, dark cap, and large size.  Flight is fast; only the Prairie Falcon is swifter.  Rarely soars.  It preys almost entirely on birds."  A Guide to Field Identification BIRDS of North America.

As I was driving Biggs Highway, ready to turn left onto Theodore Road I caught a glimpse of this fellow out of the corner of my eye on the right side of Biggs.  I made the turn and cautiously continued the turn, rolling down the truck window and quickly sighting in the camera.  Luckily I got these three photos before he disappeared.

More from Wikipedia:
The Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), also known as the Peregrine,[2] and historically as the Duck Hawk in North America,[3] is a widespread bird of prey in the family Falconidae. A large, crow-sized falcon, it has a blue-grey back, barred white underparts, and a black head and "moustache". As is typical of bird-eating raptors, Peregrine Falcons are sexually dimorphic, females being considerably larger than males.[4][5] The Peregrine is renowned for its speed, reaching over 322 km/h (200 mph) during its characteristic hunting stoop (high speed dive),[6] making it the fastest member of the animal kingdom.[7][8] According to a National Geographic TV programme, the highest measured speed of a Peregrine Falcon is 389 km/h (242 mph).[9][10]
The Peregrine's breeding range includes land regions from the Arctic tundra to the tropics. It can be found nearly everywhere on Earth, except extreme polar regions, very high mountains, and most tropical rainforests; the only major ice-free landmass from which it is entirely absent is New Zealand. This makes it the world's most widespread raptor[11] and one of the most widely found bird species. In fact, the only land-based bird species found over a larger geographic area is not always naturally occurring but one widely introduced by humans, the Rock Pigeon, which in turn now supports many Peregrine populations as a prey species. Both the English and scientific names of this species mean "wandering falcon", referring to the migratory habits of many northern populations.


see the 21 December 2013 'Red Winged Blackbirds' for more information on these lovely flocking birds


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