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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The Village

though a far cry from Russia - this makes me think of Vanka

The thick white pine soaks up Christmas balls like a sponge so even though they are hard to see, Carol filled the interior with decorative ball after ball - the only thing left is the 'birds'

Christmas Eve Day at Black Hill - II

Christmas Eve Day at Black Hill

we do a lot of the decorating for Christmas on this day - hectic but tradition

I Swear - III

I Swear - II

Morning Dawns - Christmas Eve Day

I swear I saw a Great Blue Heron somewhere in there

Getting The Tree - III

After cutting the white pine I walked back to pay Ken, then drove around the field, loaded my holiday tree and drove a stately 25 mph the approximately 10 miles home to Black Hill.

Getting The Tree - II

Looking back toward the sales building (upper right) where I parked, chatted with the new owner's son, then checked out some trees on another lot beyond the building and across the road, then walked out here to the higher ground and spent some time deciding on the tree for this year/

Getting The Tree

usually get a tree here - over Colora way - the original owner who I dealt with for years died in 2016 at just a few months over 100 years - an inspiration to all of us I believe

Ahh! Sun Light On Rug

Look! I Am Growing Hair