Blomidon in Summer

When newcomers visit the Annapolis Valley, there’s only one spot that we locals take them to get a feel for the valley- up to the lookoff, or “Blomidon.” I’m up there all the time, as the view never gets old. Here are two of my favorites from the last day of Summer- early morning sunrise.

Cape Breton

So, I had never really “seen” Cape Breton before this summer. I had been to Sydney a few times, and along the way just thought… “Okay, maybe this is what everyone is talking about….?” (no offense, Sydney or surrounding area!) However this summer my bestie and I did a road trip together around the Cabot Trail, and I had my “ohhhh…. NOW I get it!” moment.

Here are some of my favorites. And trust me, there are many, many more. Every corner you turn on the Cabot Trail is usually a “oooh can we pull over for a photo?” moment.

Driving along this road in Judique for the first time.. I said to my friend “look at those cool clouds. You know what would be great to photograph with those cool clouds? A church.” And literally, five seconds later, there it was.

Ingonish Beach in the morning… we were the only people there

Ingonish Beach at Sunrise

The Keltic Lodge, one of my new favorite places to visit in my mind

A little tiny beach off Little River Road… nobody was there but us!!

Mabou

Margaree in the morning

Margaree

Margaree

Golden Peggy

Also a frequent and favorite landscape spot- the famous Peggy’s Cove here in Nova Scotia. This photo has earned me a spot in National Geographic’s e-travel magazine (2012) as well as the Canadian Geographic scenes calendar (2015). It’s also one of my best sellers.

Halls Harbour Purple

Halls Harbour is a great little tourist spot up on the north mountain in the Annapolis Valley. I’ve been up there several times and it’s becoming a favorite spot to photograph, particularly at sunset. Try the lobster!

Ravenwood

I love the Valley in the fall. Have I mentioned that?:)Did an engagement shoot here on this beautiful property and couldn’t help grab a long shot of the driveway in the process. I’ve been looking for a driveway like this!

Halls Harbour, again

After a family shoot the other night I got to do something I haven’t done in a while- just chase the sunset. As usual I ended up in one of my favorite spots- Halls Harbour.

Melmurby Beach

“The Merb”, as I’m told the locals called it, captured my heart from the first time I saw it. I begged my wonderful friend Ti to take me back at sunset so we could see if it was just as magical as it had been in the morning… and it was.

Gaspereau Valley mist

Landscapes are undoubtedly my best work, and also my favorite thing to shoot. There’s nothing like being completely connected to your environment with no one else’s wishes but yours.

This shot of Gaspereau Valley was taken one morning when I was dropping my dog off at daycare- and I spotted the mist rising off the valley river. I just happened to have my camera with me and asked if I could borrow my friend’s deck- and voila, one of my favorite new shots was born.

Sandy Cove

I went out to this lighthouse half a dozen times in all different types of weather, attempting to get this shot. It’s foggy out there! Finally got it around 7 am on an early October morning. Terrance Bay, NS.

Reservoir Park

Going home in autumn is always a treat. This photo was taken at the reservoir park in Wolfville on an October afternoon. Yes, it is right way up.:)

Indian Harbour

Travel along the road to Peggy’s Cove a little further than expected and you will encounter a wonderful series of little inlets, restaurants and other magical sights. This was taken in Indian Harbour, just behind the Rhubarb Restaurant.

Lawrencetown Beach

This little gem is Lawrencetown beach, at sunset in July. We climbed to the top of a grassy hill to get a better view across the little town. This first shot has ended up being one of my most popular, and personal favorites. Lawrencetown looks different every season, and every time you visit.

Home of my heart

Those who know me well, know that Newfoundland is the home of my ‘heart.’ Whereas Nova Scotia is where I reside. Every chance I get, I hop aboard a plane to St. Johns to visit three of my best friends in the world. Here are some landscapes from a recent visit.

University Hall

This year, for some reason, I had a lot of people asking if I had any photos of Acadia. I have lots of photos taken AT Acadia- in Denton Hall, at the Irving Centre, etc- but I made it my mission this year to collect at least one good one of the campus. This was a perfect winter snowy day, looking at the back of U-Hall- the less seen side.

Winter Blomidon

A few years back, my friend KT hired me to photograph Blomidon- but at sunrise, and in all four seasons. Here is the final installment, winter.

Tors Cove, Newfoundland

This is on a beautiful perfect July afternoon at Tors Cove, which is a good drive outside St. Johns. On the opposite side of this view, there is a little island with sheep roaming around. It’s kind of charming out there.

From the travel vault- Hong Kong Central and Harbour

I was so busy enjoying Hong Kong when I traveled there a while back that I didn’t take too many photos! Just spent some time this afternoon looking back through them to see if there was anything worthwhile- and this one came to my attention. Hong Kong Central to your right, with the Harbour to the left leading to Kowloon.

Sydney River Bridge

I was sent up to Sydney, NS for the first time last month for a corporate photoshoot. I was really excited about seeing Cape Breton! It was a lovely drive. My hotel was about two seconds from the Sydney River Bridge, where I caught this lovely sunset.

Golf at the edge of the world-

Those who live in or have visited Chester, Nova Scotia, know that it is one of our province’s treasures. Whether it’s a visit to the Seaside Shanty after a day on a boat, or visiting Chester Golf Club for a rousing 18 holes, Chester is a community full of culture and joy. Over the years I’ve come to be a (semi) semi-regular at Chester Golf Club, and it was a delight for me to be asked to do some new photos for the Club’s website.

Over the ‘course’ (ha, ha) of a few days, I gathered together photos of the greens, the staff, the restaurant, and anything else you can imagine. I’ll say it again- my job is rough!

One of my favorite views from the day.

We went out in a boat to get a difference perspective!

Sunset on the 18th green is always picture perfect.

The dark clouds and their perfect timing

After a wedding I did in June with some good friends, we ventured to the Dartmouth waterfront to catch some great photos. We had so much fun, as you can see- and just as we were walking back to the car to head to the reception, this huge, grey-blue, looming monster of a cloud started swirling in above the bridge. I’d never seen anything like it. I had to hold up the party for a minute to grab a photo of this beautiful sight. No sooner had Cyn’s feet got into the car and the skies opened up!!!

National Geographic- check!

An unbelievable life moment for me, when I learned that one of my best selling photos had been selected for use in a National Geographic article about Halifax. This has truly been a dream of mine through my entire career. You can view the article, and the photo, here.

Down South in Georgia

One of my favorite places to visit, on this trip to Georgia I got to visit Savannah, and the famous Wormsloe Plantation. Here is the famous row of ‘weepy trees’ that makes Georgia so famous.

Blomidon in Spring

My dad and I ventured up the north mountain to catch a different perspective of the Lookoff / Blomidon- this time from sunset. Dad is my favorite photo buddy and greatest teacher. I love this image and the time together it represents for me, and those who love the valley.

Eagles

Got invited to an “Eagle Watch Brunch” today… and what a treat it was! Not only were some friends and I well fed, we got to watch these magnificent creatures up close- as they fed, swooped and played with each other. I was glad to have my telephoto lens however- I would not have wanted to be much closer to them!!

Prospect fishing village

Got up several mornings last fall to try and get out to Prospect to grab this shot. Once you hit that road to Peggy’s Cove, most mornings it’s a foggy mess! Was very pleased that this particular morning was so clear. It’s lovely and secluded out there- a beautiful community.

Newfoundland Landscapes

I spent a few days on the rock in October- my first time there. I was absolutely blown away by the beauty of St. Johns and the friendliness of the people. I took hundreds of photos, but these are my favorites from the trip.

Quiddi Vidi Cove

The Narrows at dawn

Conception Bay

View from Signal Hill at dawn

and a few others:

Hubbards cove

When I get to photograph scenics, it’s just me and the earth, with no one to approve of the photos- only my own vision and connection to the beauty of the world. It’s where I find peace. This sunset shot was taken at Hubbards, at a place called Rosewood on the Cove.

Crystal Crescent- after many attempts

I’ve been going to Crystal Crescent beach for years, for family outings, portrait shoots, etc. Every time I go, I attempt to get the ‘right’ shot of the beautiful landscape. Anyone who has been to CC beach knows that on the right day, the conditions are almost tropical- green blue water, white sand. Oddly, with these conditions, it’s not been a easy place to get a good landscape photo. This is my most recent attempt and it’s very close to the vision of the beach I have in my mind.

Five Islands

Last weekend, we went camping at Five Islands Provincial Park. I’m not much of a camper, but I shocked myself and really enjoyed the experience, and am really looking forward to going again. One of the perks I discovered is that camping = great landscape photography! Here’s a few.

St. Mary’s Boat Club Sunset

Ahhh I loves me a good sunset.  I photographed an awesome wedding last weekend at St. Mary’s Boat Club in Halifax and snapped this lovely sunset off the dock that evening. I think I’d like to live in that building someday- a constant view of the harbour and the boats sounds good to me.