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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Fog and Colour

Reflecting on Christopher de Beaumont, Archbishop of Paris (1762)


"In order to appeal to all classes and characters, Disbelief has in our time adopted a light, pleasant, frivolous style, with the aim of diverting the imagination, seducing the mind, and corrupting the heart.  It puts on an air of profundity and sublimity and professes to rise to the first principles of knowledge so as to throw off a yoke it considers shameful to mankind and to the Deity itself.   Now it disclaims with fury against religious zeal yet preaches toleration for all; now it offers a brew of serious ideas with badinage, of pure moral advice with obscenities, of great truths with great errors, of faith with blasphemy.  In a  word it seeks to reconcile Jesus Christ with Belial."
I still am agnostic though - it is all mystery
it is all worth deep thought
but will never in this mortal guise become a truth for all seasons

Wild Eigonvector

Topsoil - III

if you look closely at this shot of the clay, sand, gravel pit you can see the huge Euclids (a type of truck body) top left with a conveyor belt in the background that continues across the whole back-face of the 'pit's' edge, carrying the various product of the day along the whole pit, then under a small highway (route 7) and then some distance into the original 'pit' that was started many years ago.


Looking Across The North East River - to the Elk Neck Penninsula (where I live)

this is a 24x zoom shoot, that would be the top-center of the previous post 'Topsoil - II'

Topsoil - II

Beneath That Thin Layer of Top Soil

Technology Black Hole

Sorry about the slow posting lately - but even though I live on the east coast of the US between Baltimore and Philadelphia my home is in a 'black hole' of phone reception with internet connection only by a telephone wi-fi connection that for days now has been cutting in and out (and even as I type) making posting more tedious than even the now out-dated over the telephone line of years past - I can - and often do - drive five miles or so into town for public hot spots but that is sometimes not on my list of things to do for the day - sorry