The Roar of the Bay

The Roar of the Bay
The Roar of the Bay

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Blue Beach - Hantsport, Nova Scotia (Fall 2013)

I had meant to make a post on my blog on my last trip from last year to Blue Beach, in Nova Scotia but it had slipped my mind. I had brought my new Olympus SLR camera with me to capture snapshots and compare the quality with what I used to take photos with. A bit bulkier than the old gal, but I must admit that I won't miss her much. I can't recall when I went down there, and the data on the camera isn't accurate as I didn't bother setting the right time/date format.

On this trek you will notice there's a little of everything spread all over along the beach. South of the Jurassic and Triassic rocks that make up most of the Blomidon Peninsula lies the Carboniferous Horton Formation. These fossil bearing sedimentary rocks stretch from a little South of Hantsport to about Boot Island, North East of the city of Wolfville. The further one ventures South, the more you'll encounter rocks containing evaporites. These would be mostly part of the Carboniferous Windsor group, full of limestones and gypsum, such as in Cheverie (click to see other post on location).

Before heading down the path you get to see this

The walk through the woods is nice

The view as soon as you turn left walking down the path. These stratum have marine animals such as bivalves, brachiopods, and fragments of other animals. I've found some shale with arthropod traces in this area. I've mostly found them further North though.

Some nice traces

Rusophycus and cruziana from what I can tell

There is also a good amount of plant material found along the beach.

Fish scales

Tree section

Mechanical or actual tracks?


Section of the cliffs where some of the bigger traces were found, further North.


Rusophycus (largest I've seen here so far)

Last year was a great season and Blue Beach didn't disappoint. It's one of these places where it keeps attracting you. It will be one of my first beaches to hit when the ice starts to melt. The cliffs keep working out new material, so every time is a new adventure.

Till next time...

- Keenan

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Bay of Fundy in January

In the Maritimes its a slow time of year when you hit the Winter months. With Winter, comes the inevitable Winter blue and it sucks. This Winter started pretty nasty around the Holidays with several snow storms blanketing the area. Coming into January 2014, we got a few days of reprieve with above normal temperatures. I decided to hit the road to try to snap myself out of this Winter torpor. Here's a few photos:

Joggins, Nova Scotia

From Hardscrabble road heading South. You can see the Joggins Fossil Center on the left.

The force of the bay is so great that it just piles ice and creates this awesome scenery.

Fossil cliffs at Joggins down Lower Cove. Not easily accessible in Winter and very dangerous.

View from the bridge down Shulie road, overlooking the old road structures.

Chunks of ice covery most of the beach. Hard to walk and tricky to step on. Glad to see a few patches of rocky ground to step on.

Alma, New Brunswick

Coming down from Fundy Park we noticed this rainbow. It was about 6 degrees Celcius and there were some scattered showers that didn't last very long. A few drizzles really.

Alma wharf.

My buddy Phil enjoying a little stroll.

My older brother Don trying to have a photo showdown.

I get easily distracted.

Nice view of the beach from the road. Here in Alma the beach is mostly cleared of ice.

Carboniferous bearing cliffs seen here in the background.