Showing posts from September, 2011

My Last Week of Vacation... (Sept. 3rd till Sept. 11th)

I had picked my last week of vacation during the Labor Day break in September (September 3rd till the 11th) and I had planned a last week of outings, but rather loosely as I wasn't too too sure what I'd wanted to do.  They were all 'what if' or 'if I don't go here, then' kinda situations, and decided to go with the flow and see how the week would span out.
Me and my buddy Craig had talked about heading out to Five Islands sometime during the first weekend I was off to check out the scenery and maybe spot some minerals.  The weather turned out to be gorgeous.  First stop when we reached Parrsboro was the Glooscap Family Restaurant.  There's some really good grub there: turkey sandwich (from whole turkey cooked that same morning) for me; Five Islands clams (some of the best from what we heard) for Craig.  After our lunch we headed out to Five Island Provincial Park.

By the time we reached Five Islands, the tide had just started to turn and rise. We brought …

Joggins Vs. Irene (August 31st, 2011)

Hurricane Irene came to the Maritimes as a downgraded tropical storm. Strong winds and lots of rain were forcast but in the end it wasn't as dire as the weather forecasters thought it would be. Knowing that accompanying strong winds and rain, was the inevitable process of extreme erosion due to strong forces. With that in mind, I thought immediately of the cliffs at Joggins.
I couldn't go the day after the storm had done its thing, but I had the Wednesday off, a couple of days after the storm had gone through. The tides would have been low extremely early in the morning, so I decided to leave Moncton at around 6 AM. As soon as I arrived to my destination, the Sun was just peaking out to greet me.

My favorite spot in the Joggins area to search the cliffs is from Lower Cove Road. I take the path down the little bridge that crosses Little River and walk South towards the cliffs. From the bridge its about 100 meters more or less before you reach the first cliffs.
Water receeding as t…

Sackville, New Brunswick

Last Sunday (September 18th, 2011) I took a trip to the university town of Sackville, New Brunswick. This small town is usually somewhat quiet in the Summer but come September, its buzzing with university students zigzagging the campus pedwalks of Mount Allison University. I like coming here to take pictures, especially in Autumn where the trees are about to change color and the birds make their final stops in the Sackville Waterfowl Park before heading South.

Mount Allison, or Mount A, is one of the top undergraduate universities in the country, and one of the most beautiful. The campus has a feel like a mini version of Cambridge or Harvard in the way it looks. It started as a school in the late 1830s and progressed as a college in the 1860s.
Convocation Hall

Field behind the Wallace McCain Student Centre and Athletic Centre

Here in Sackville is another reason to visit: Sackville's Waterfowl Park. I've come here a few times and its amazing the diversity of birds that either make …

Updates soon to come...

The past weeks have been very hectic but I managed to not overdue it too much. Well, that could be an understatement come to think of it. At the start of the month of September I was on vacation and had a schedule packed with activity. Coming back from vacation I didn't get the chance to add any new posts, except for some news clip. It shouldn't take too long before I get to add at least half a dozen new posts, but not in chronological order. hehe

P.S. Also wanted to take the time to congratulate my brother and his friend Dan on a job well done on their small movie venture, which has been picked as the gem to start the film festival Cinema on the Bayou in Lafayette, Louisiana sometime in January of 2012. They're being flown down for the week to partake in the activities. Hope they sup on lots of Gumbo!

Dinosaur feathers found in Alberta amber

By Emily Chung, CBC News | Posted: September 15, 2011 10:02 AM MT

Feathers believed to be from dinosaurs have been found beautifully preserved in Alberta amber.
The primitive, hair-like feathers known as protofeathers likely belonged to theropods — dinosaurs similar to tiny Tyrannosaurus rexes — that roamed the swampy forests of Alberta 80 million years ago, said Alexander P. Wolfe, a University of Alberta earth sciences professor who co-authored the research published Thursday in Science.
"Protofeathers aren't known from any modern, existing groups of birds and therefore the most obvious interpretation is that they belong to dinosaurs," he said.
Theropods, which are thought to be closely related to modern birds, were already known to have feathers, based on features surrounding fossils found in China. But a lot of details were lost in the fossilization process.
"The feathers get altered, they get substituted by minerals and you can't see any of the detail," Wo…