26 June 2010

Skywatch Friday on Saturday: Mighty Cape Split

Photo courtesy of NS Tourism
The countdown is on for Manuscript Filing Day, and I'm happy to report that things are well in hand. Except for other parts of life unrelated to book, such as blogging/blog reading, garden upkeep, making meals, etc. But just to let you know that all is well here, to participate in Skywatch Friday (even on Saturday) and to give you something to think about, this is an aerial shot I found in some old backup discs when I was looking for something else. This and several other photos were provided to me for use in a story I wrote years ago, and they are the best possible way to explain the mighty tide that races up through our neck of the woods. I know I wrote about this a while back, but beg your forbearance as I do so again.

That long promontory of land you see snaking away into the distance and curving off to the right of the photo is the end of the North Mountain, most specifically the Cape Split/Blomidon peninsula; the community of Scotts Bay is in the bowl of land surrounded by water in the upper righthand corner of the picture. In the foreground are the sea stacks of Cape Split, a very famous and welltravelled hiking trail. The trail terminus, I hasten to add, is on the grassy green field on the main part of the peninsula, NOT on those outer stacks where the tide is racing.

Because yes, that is the tidal pull of the upper Bay of Fundy, screaming around the end of Cape Split in a rip tide that is astonishing, humbling, beautiful and dangerous. This happens several times daily, as the tide rises and falls, creating that 'Voice of the Moon' I described for you before.

Before I leave you to return to editing, we go from the sublime to the ridiculous. I have written in the past of my dislike of petunias, although I acknowledged that Proven Winners 'Pretty Much Picasso' is very cool. It didn't do well for me last year, and I put that down to it not being a fan of the wind, fog, and other meteorological marvels we get up here on this hill overlooking the Bay and the Split. Well, didn't Proven Winners send me another bunch of 'Pretty Much Picasso' with the trial plants this spring! I had a thought, and put several of them in a planter on the greenhouse door, along with another green wonder, 'Avalon Lime' nicotiana. In really rude weather, I just shut the door, protecting the plants, but otherwise, the door is hooked open and they can bask in the sun when we have some. They're doing very well. AnnaFlowerGirl is laughing in "I told you so" glee. I can hear her from here. I'm not a petunia fan, though. Just like this one. Really.


  1. Your region is truly beautiful, although I can only imagine the harsh weather you probably encounter. I'm a bit fickle when it comes to petunias, but this one you show IS pretty. I'm glad they're behaving for you this year. All the best with your manuscript!

  2. That is one beautiful Petunia. I've been using them more in the last year or two for my pots. They have come out with some interesting colours!

    All the best for your manuscript!

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  4. Pretty Much Picasso is not doing well for me. I am growing it in three different areas and I have already yanked it from my front boxes. It does not fully open and splits on the sides. I do like petunias, but I do not see this one performing like any other supertunia.

    Maybe weather has a lot to do with the differences in performance.


  5. You live in a beautiful, truly inspirational region! I like your petunias hung on the door. That's a delightful idea I may have to copy!

  6. Jodi, you may have found a petunia that works well for you but not for me. I've had to baby this 'Pretty Much Picasso' and it is pretty but doesn't like our heat of NC. It will shrivel up in a heartbeat. Of the 4 I got this year--only two are making it while the other PW petunias sing on in glory. So don't start saying I don't like petunias--just not this one.

    Thanks for the link love ((hugs))

  7. Stunning scenery! MUST visit your area. Good luck with the MS. Pam

  8. Someday I have to visit Nova Scotia and see the Bay of Fundy for myself. A cross Canada trek is on our list, probably after retirement :)

  9. Love posts on your beloved Nova Scotia, jodi. My, your petunias are lovely!

  10. Wouldn't want to be swimming when that tide hit ...
    Petunias don't do well for me either, but their surfinia cousins fill my balcony with colour every year. Wouldn't be without them.

  11. Well, Jodi, you may not like the petunias, but clearly they like you. I like that vignette with the peeling paint and the royal colors of red and purple mixed. :)

    Sending you best wishes for meeting that deadline in fine form. I'm so excited for you!

  12. Two such different shots. The first is majestic and a bit scary, the second is lovely and fun!Good luck with your manuscript Jodi!

  13. Nature has such patience in creating landscape that that million of years to complete.... ~bangchik

  14. old wood juxtaposed with planters, they always make me swoon !


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