No, not catching some rays in my bathing suit – this was Blue Beach, a rocky stretch of coastline where all kinds of fossils are found. We spent over an hour there as the tide was turning, photographing all kinds of amazing things. Every rock – or almost – had some kind of fossil residue on it.
But first – the bumblebee bridge. When we saw the sign I started to say, “I wonder why they call it that.” Then the wheels hit the parallel metal gridwork, and a huge buzzing sound ensued. Question answered. The gridwork is narrow, but still might be wide enough to catch narrow bicycle tires.
Blue Beach was amazing. We had to drive nearly three hours to get there, and I learned from the drive that Google Maps sucks. Signs didn’t say what the Goog said they should. Turns were not obvious. Nerves were frazzled and tempers a teensy bit frayed, but we made it in the end.
We went down to the beach right away, rather than going to the museum first. That was good, because the tide was starting to come in again by the time we left the beach. You can’t take fossils from Nova Scotia; as most other provinces do, they protect them. We did pick up some pebbles – granite and quartz and stuff like that – and we took hundreds of photographs. Hundreds. Here are a few.
On the left is a fossil which I think is the tail of something, most likely a fish. Bones are black/dark, according to the gentleman running the Blue Beach Museum, so I think I might be right on that one. The piece at top right is kind of scaly looking, probably the “bark” of one of the plants, and the bottom right may be trace fossils from another plant.
Dr Fox grabbed some sun on the beach while I photographed rocks.
And he also sat beside my “maybe a tail” rock for scale. As I strolled down the beach I found a weird little something that looked like it might be seaweed but, on a cursory examination, turned out to be half a dead cat shark.
Then we went up to the museum, where we learned all kinds of fascinating things about what lived around here, too much to detail in this post. The museum is privately run, depending on donations, and the owner/curator is extremely knowledgeable, personable and friendly. He also knows how to explain things for laypeople without making them feel stupid. Highly recommended.
By three o’clock we had been up for eight hours, and were getting hungry. We stopped in Windsor for lunch – clams and haddock for me, scallops and haddock for David. Of course we swapped shellfish! Lisa’s Cafe – very good food and good, friendly service.
I try to draw every day, but some of my attempts do not succeed. Here are a few incomplete or unsatisfactory sketches. I will probably work on them again once I’m home.
An ice-age mammal skull – it was the end of a long day and I was tired.
A beginning of drawing the moose at the Museum of Nature – but I needed to eat lunch and then David dragged me off to the Earth Gallery to look at minerals. That was wonderful, but I never got back to Mr Moose.
Finally, the dinosaur at Fundy Geological Museum. A bit to high up to see easily, but I do have a photo, so I can see all the skull processes to draw them.
Tomorrow we leave Nova Scotia with some beach pebbles, some postcards, a few bottles of Jost Vineyard wine and many fond memories. We’ll be at Joggins Cliffs fossil site for a few hours, then back to Quebec and on the homeward leg of our vacation. That leg still has a few days to go.