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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Zell and Granddaughter

Tree To Jewel

While at my great-granddaughter's 2nd birthday party I wandered with camera in hand around my daughter's lovely home yard and this pollared tree, one of several lining her drive, caught my eye by its' unique growth since being pollared many years ago by the original owner and on closer inspection the oozings of the deep amber coloured sap brought jeweled thoughts to my mind of ancient amber deposits and millennium old insects trapped therein (Amber is fossilized tree resin (not sap), which has been appreciated for its color and natural beauty since Neolithic times. Much valued from antiquity to the present as a gemstone, amber is made into a variety of decorative objects. Amber is used as an ingredient in perfumes, as a healing agent in folk medicine, and as jewelry.
There are five classes of amber, defined on the basis of their chemical constituents. Because it originates as a soft, sticky tree resin, amber sometimes contains animal and plant material as inclusions. Amber occurring in coal seams is also called resinite, and the term ambrite is applied to that found specifically within New Zealand coal seams) so not knowing if I am looking at sticky sap or sticky resin I can only dream about this particular lump of jewel like mass somehow being fossilized and found by what ever intelligent life that may exist that geological time into the future.

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Mushroom w/Poison Ivy

Blades of Grass

Shades of Day

Oak Tree Struck By Lightning - II

The lightning strike that blasted this oak naturally went from bottom to top instantly vaporizing the sap to steam blowing away the bark along its' pathway - although I didn't get a good photo of the damage at the very top, visually it is evident that one of the major branchings at the top is dead - leaves hanging brown and lifeless.  Whether the tree will survive or just become another contributor to my fire wood supply remains to be seen.

Summer's Here - II

Along the dry-creek bed a few remaining small pools of water have their froggy inhabitants still hanging on - last night a summer storm with lots of heavy lightning and thunder gave us a good down pour which has probably given these pools a longer life

Game Horse Shoes

Black Widow Spider w/Egg Sack

I was using the push mower around the tree and rough bench that is near my Horse-Shoe Pitch toward the woods at the back of the house - when moving the loose plank from the two support slabs I found this little lady underneath.  Now I have to consider my rule of thumb on killing things which is basically "If it is not in the house leave it alone!"


I am sure that I have posted this before but my brain-theme this morning is coming home to what I've missed


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