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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Ferry To Digby, Nova Scotia @1990

@ 1990     smck
Just remembered - they were my great old Sears 50x binoculars (cost $35) that I later left on the roof of the car at Port Mouton as I drovc away from Carter's beach toward our motel room.  I never saw them again.

Countries Visiting Week Ending 27 Jan 2013

From most visiting to least

United States
United Kingdom

Wasmunds Single Malt Whisky - Appalachian America

I recently bought a bottle of this non-peaty single malt whisky, and although I really am partial to peaty flavour in my whisky, I found that this was a smooth easy to drink whisky with a plenitude of tastes and smell including hints of non-peaty smoke.  At 48% ABV the finish keeps a nice bite with fruity overtures that could almost prompt one to call this a lovely dessert scotch.  And if your mind-set is to buy small (as opposed say to Walmart overkill) this is a very small locally owned distillery.  Below are two websites which you may wish to peruse farther.  The first the distillers own site, and the second a great review from a another blogger of which I posted a small sample of his style.

Himself's Take 
COLOUR - Rich Gold

NOSE       - Remarkably fresh. Like Mountains in Appalachia.

BODY       - Silkily medium; firm legs, not quite oily

PALATE   - Gentle, clean, with a nutty-smoky sweetness

FINISH     - Lingering bite, Fruity overtures, Refreshing.
 Score 78-82

Wasmund's™ Single Malt Whisky   www.copperfox.biz/

Combines the best of the grand tradition of single malt whisky with creative and unique innovations for aging and flavoring that result in a special spirit that has no peer. 

At Copper Fox Distillery, we are the only distillery in North America to hand malt our own barley, and the only distillery on the planet to use apple and cherry wood smoke to flavor the malted barley. Our single batch copper potstill produces one barrel at a time and the spirit is non-chill filtered to preserve the complete flavor and essence of the barley grain.

Terroir is the effect that a landscape has on the taste of a food product. For instance, if a winery in France packed up and moved their personnel, equipment, and grape seeds to California to reestablish their enterprise in exactly the same way... their wine would taste different. Maybe not much, but it would taste different. The difference in soil composition, rainfall amounts, and even the chemistry of the air would impart slight variables that would ultimately change the character of the wine. Wasmund's whisky is packed with terroir. Every single input ingredient in the process is strictly local... and by "local", I mean within about a 50 mile radius, if I'm not mistaken. Even though it might sound crazy, the taste of Wasmund's whisky transports me to the Appalachians in the fall, and I suppose that's no surprise. Their whisky doesn't let you forget where the product was made, and that's something exciting. The 2009 International Review of Spirits commented that Wasmund's "finishes with a very long, slowly evolving, mossy river stone, peat, cocoa, cereal, and pepper fade." So in the end, the word "earthy" manages to describe this products taste, ingredients, and process. 

The Midday Wade of Great Blue Heron by Jerimia Wadsworth Bullfrog

Listen my tadpoles and you shall share in
the midday quest of the Great Blue Heron
On the 18th of August in twenty-twelve
Hardly a frog is here to delve
That remembers that famous day they shun!

A phantom bird , with each leg and wing
Across the pond like a ghosted thing,
And a great blue hulk, that was magnified
By its own reflection in the tide.

with apologies to Longfellow

The Summer Place In Winter

© Jan'13       Shamik
A nice friend that lives just up the road came by to take a photo in winter, with the snow, from near the same location that I had stood to snap the "Can't Wait To Take A photo Of This Again" posted on 21 Jan '13.  My wife and I were excited to once again feel that magic of Grand River Falls in Cape Breton, and that old time milieu of country and neighbors that know and care for one another, and air that fills your lungs with purity,

Going To School

© Mar '12      smck

Fades The Light

© Aug '12     smck
Fades the light;
And afar
Goeth day,
And the stars
Shineth bright,
Fare thee well;
Day has gone,
Night is on. 

4th verse of  'Taps'

In July 1862, after the Seven Days battles at Harrison's Landing (near Richmond), Virginia, the wounded Commander of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, V Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, General Daniel Butterfield reworked, with his bugler Oliver Wilcox Norton, another bugle call, "Scott Tattoo," to create Taps. He thought that the regular call for Lights Out was too formal. Taps was adopted throughout the Army of the Potomac and finally confirmed by orders. Soon other Union units began using Taps, and even a few Confederate units began using it as well. After the war, Taps became an official bugle call. Col. James A. Moss, in his Officer's Manual first published in 1911, gives an account of the initial use of Taps at a military funeral:
"During the Peninsular Campaign in 1862, a soldier of Tidball's Battery A of the 2nd Artillery was buried at a time when the battery occupied an advanced position concealed in the woods. It was unsafe to fire the customary three volleys over the grave, on account of the proximity of the enemy, and it occurred to Capt. Tidball that the sounding of Taps would be the most appropriate ceremony that could be substituted."
re: usmemorialday.org/taps.html

Why Didn't I Migrate?

© Jan '13      smck



Mist Covered Mountains (Bagpipe Melody)

© Aug '12     smck
. Mist Covered Mountains of Home
The melody of this popular Scottish waltz was based on the tune “Johnny Stays Long at the Fair.” John Cameron wrote the lyrics in 1856 and titled it “Ballachulish.” The melody was originally known as “Duil ri Baile Chaolais fhaicinn” (“Hoping to See Ballachulish”).

- well actually it is a slow march as most often played

Little People Live Here

©J an '13       smck

Another Country


Hyvää uutta vuotta suomi

Hoodies - Laphódytes cucullátus (a hood)

17 Jan '12    smck
17 Jan '12    smck
 I believe these are a Gulp (group name for Mergansers) of Hooded Mergansers (described below) which I espied swimming on the North East River above Twin Bridges - just where the demarcation of tidal and non-tidal waters usually occurs.

The Hooded Merganser is our smallest merganser, measuring in at only 18”.  The female is mostly brown with a white patch on her chin and wings. She is grayer on the neck than other mergansers.  Overall, she is a light reddish-brown and has a frosted cinnamon crest with white tips. 

Note: On 28 March 2013 I changed the title of this posting by removing the Latin 'MERGUS (diving) and replacing with Laphódytes.  I have so far been unable to find an identifying phrase for Laphódytes.  The latin word Mergus - root word for merganser - does mean 'diving' or 'plunging'.

Dusk At Harvey's Wharf

© Jan '13      smck

New Camera - Comment Please

At the present I am looking for a new digital camera - one with good zoom ability - and I am not looking forward to what I think they call SLR but rather to a one piece that can do everything reasonably well.  I am well aware that trade-offs in various performances will be part of my ultimate choice which at the moment are narrowed down to:

 * Cannon PowerShot SX50
 * Sony Cyber-Shot     HX200V
  * Nikon CoolPix         P510
  * Panasonic Lumix    DMC-FZ200

If any of you are camera buffs I would really appreciate your comments.

Sailor's Delight

© 12 Jan '13     smck

© 12 Jan '13     smck

© 12 Jan '13     smck
Red sky at night
Sailor's delight

 old folk-weather rhyme

See How He Looks

© Dec '12    smck

Idle moments while I replay
tapes of memory in my mind

clear rivulet wash on sand
bright flash of winging bird
eyes in love and supplication
quest in mine
ahh – early child almost a stranger
peering down the imagined
reaches of the future


©     smck