Pickings are slim when your movements are limited. Yet if you get into a city park in Canada, you will always find something to photograph. So, with no ideas in mind other than to get some fresh air, I left for a city park. It showed up on my GPS as a fairly big area.

Frog Pond

It turned out to be coverable from side to side in less than 30 minutes. At first that was a bit of a disappointment, but when it started to rain when I got back to the car… silver linings, eh? Smile

No linings on those clouds, though. They turned out to be the start of a warm front, providing us with 4 days of constant clouds and heavy downpours at irregular intervals. But hey, Nova Scotia is a green province, where did I think all that green came from? Certainly not from +35C temperatures and drought.

Pretty colours

Pretty colours

No, this province is a lush green thanks to the rain that comes down often enough to make things grow. I guess I will have to change my clothes a bit. No more need for fur hats, more for leather, water resistant ones. Back to the park. This little park turned out to be a gem. It’s located on the west end of the city, a mere 12 minutes from my place.

Frog Pond view

Frog Pond view

Full of ducks and other birds, from the sound of it. As it turned out, being in a semi-lockdown, nobody was supposed to go far away from home. As a result, all were fleeing their screaming kids into the parks in and around the city. And I wanted to record the sounds of the ducks as well… Didn’t happen Eye rolling smile.

City Ducks

City Ducks

The “lake” in this park was called the Frog Pond, so I expected some frogs as well. Instead I got ducks. Not afraid of anyone and snapping at anyone coming too close for comfort. I saw a big guy running away from a duck Open-mouthed smile. The kids were laughing at that. I guess the story will be distorted and amplified for years to come in their family.

Rock face

Rock face

Despite being a lush green province, Nova Scotia also has rocks and cliffs. I was looking for cliffs, but I guess they didn’t come in City Park format. I got rocks instead. Walking in my city shoes, I decided to leave those rocks where they were and stick to the more walkable areas.

Pink Lady’s Slipper or Cypripedium Acaule

Pink Lady’s Slipper or Cypripedium Acaule

When I wandered off the path, I came across this Pink Lady’s Slipper, a first for me. They do grow in Manitoba, but I have never found one. I guess I was never at the right place at the right time. Those flowers grow old fast. Now that I know that we have orchids here too, I will be looking for more, you never know.

Last look at the pond

Last look at the pond

After roughly 30 minutes of walking and avoiding running kids, I came back to the parking lot. Rain started to come down gently, but pushing it for another round? Nope, not going to do that. So here is a city park that houses small miracles in the form of orchids, birds and who knows what else. Coming back there at the right time (read: quiet time) will be key for more adventures here.

A short post this time, but this one is filled with positive thoughts.

PS: A few days after this restricted walk, the province opened up again for internal travel. We are now allowed to go where we seem fit without being turned back by Nova Scotia’s Finest. YAY!

Until next time…

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Henk Von Pickartz
11 days 12 hours

Best of Luck in your new home Anton en Greet Dank je :-)

Anton Peereboom
12 days 8 hours

Best of Luck in your new home Anton en Greet

Henk Von Pickartz
13 days 9 hours

Best of luck in your new home! Thank you! :-)

13 days 10 hours

Best of luck in your new home!

Hilma Sinkinson
1 month 12 days

I am in love with your images of the cold prairie winters. I lived in the middle south of Manitoba and want to get a licensed ...

Dan Topham
2 months 21 days

As always, I enjoy your photo bytes and this one is right up there. After using the flip screen on lay Canon 60D I have ofte ...

3 months 24 days

You mentioned swimming by one of your photos. I see no one swimming. Can we swim at Fort Whyte? They seem to have a dock o ...

Vernon Cole
4 months

I am looking to see if there are any pictures of the original house situated at Munson Park

John Pelechaty
4 months 3 days

---Great blog once again Henk - enjoyed it very much....

4 months 9 days

Thanks for that piece of info. I had a hard time seeing that burn inside... :-)