Heroin

Alternate version of September 25 sunset shoot at Shangri-La, aka Mariner’s Cove, Nova Scotia.

I admit I have a problem. That’s the first step. I’m a nature junkie, and I need a fix. Daily. The more I get, the more I want. The ocean and the beach is my heroin. Living in Nova Scotia on this beach is an ocean/nature junkie’s heaven.

Thus for me, Lou Reed’s epic live version of Heroin, with soaring solos and crescendos divided by quieter interludes, (even a passage of church organ!), expresses metaphorically the ecstatic emotions I experience as I walk this beach and experience the glory of nature, the ocean and life itself.

I hope you feel something like that same exhilaration as you watch this. Continue reading

Heaven

A short live video 360° of that first day at Shangri-La.

I thought I’d found heaven. This is the first video I made after getting home. Then I made the one from all the stills I took, previously posted as Shangri-La.

By the end of the summer I had decided I wanted to live right here. As awesome as the cabin I have now is, it’s every surfer’s dream to own their own surf break. So I bought a lot on the top of the point at the far end of the beach you can see toward the end of the rotation, the hilltop point in the distance past the gazebos on the small reef in the middle of the beach. Continue reading

Green

Part 3 of 4 videos from the big shoot at Mariner’s Cove on September 18.

My creative urge had been piqued from the results of previous shoots and resulting videos made from them, and I was on a roll. I took over 400 photos this afternoon. Too many to dump into one long video, so I broke them into 4, featuring different aspects of the location I had focused on as George and I wandered and wondered at our good fortune to enjoy such a magical place.

An inspiring, although somewhat grey, day at Shangri-La, my favorite unspoiled beach in Nova Scotia. Even with the overcast sky, the colors of nature were deep and rich to my eyes. For Part 3 I focused on the dune grasses, wild flowers, and other greenery that adorns the edge of land as it meets the sea. I called the result simply: Green. Continue reading

Trouble

Studies in abstract compositions in molten silver and threads of gold. With George.

Part 4 of the big shoot on September 18.

Found this song on my laptop, I think it was a freebie from a download site I signed up for. Love the sound…and it fits perfectly for you know who, the master photo bomber/art director assistant I am tethered to during all my beach shoots. Continue reading

Charlie Don’t Surf

The day after the “Riders on the Storm” storm surf, the wind turned offshore and the swell was still holding. Sun was out and it was a glorious day. My back was in agony, knew I couldn’t go out, but I had to go down and take a look at the local point.

It was about as good as it gets. Still about head high on the best sets, but tide was too high so it mushed out after the first hollow peak and a quick tube section. The bigger ones reformed as it wrapped around into the cove. I’m sure it was fun. Continue reading

Riders on the Storm

Usually in Nova Scotia, the surfers, like me, hope a hurricane passes by, but not too close! That will kick up some excellent surf. You just have to time it so you hit it when the wind comes around offshore.

One night, in the cabin, in the middle of the night it seemed like a full on hurricane was hitting and would blow us off the ridge. Nothing had been forecast though. It was a storm that had come off the land and combined with various meteorological factors to turn into something close to that force though. Not a Nor’easter as it came from due West off the continental U.S. A complete surprise, interesting in this day of high technology weather forecasting. Continue reading

Stairway to Heaven

No. Not the song by Led Zeppelin. Actual stairs. Several sets of them, in fact. Leading to something very like heaven. You’ll see when you watch this slideshow video of images taken at a place that sometimes seems like heaven on earth. One of many such locales in the natural wonderland known as Nova Scotia. Continue reading

Shangri-La

In 2013 I discovered a special secret beach inside an ungated ‘gated’ community. I was enthralled with its beauty and pristine nature, and we returned almost every day that summer and fall. In 2014 I discovered that the gate had finally been installed, and access was now a long hike in. I knew a neighbor who had a parcel in there, but he couldn’t (or wouldn’t) give me the gate code. Sadly I resigned myself to not having access this year.

But after about a month I was jonesing, so I decided to make the hike in. Continue reading