Sunday, 12 November 2017

Louisbourg Architecture

After ships, architecture is one of my favourite photographic subjects. Our vacation in August took us to Louisbourg, and a previous blog post features sunset, night, and sunrise photos from within the fort. Daytime also provides its share of treasures, and a collection of architectural features not present in Ye Olde City of Halifax. That said, I don't really know anything about architecture, I just enjoy photographing it. So don't expect edifying captions.

I started with overall buildings, and in particular the one that everyone recognizes.

The King's Bastion and Barracks is the main building within the Fortress of Louisbourg.

An animal pen within the King's Bastion.

Inside the animal pen, and zoomed in from the previous image.
The next two images are of Lartigue House, where we spent the night.

Lartigue House from within the yard, with the King's Bastion in the background.

Lartigue House, where we spent the night, taken from from the street.

A row of houses along the waterfront.
I then began to focus on some of the smaller details, in particular the various openings. There is a wide range of types of construction within the fort.


Window with shutters.

Window and wagon. I'm not sure that the wagon counts as architecture, but I like it anyway.

The edge of a roof.

Window on a roof (and a chimney). I think the shadow makes the image.

Same chimney on a roof (with a ladder).

Dormer window, ladder, and chimney.

A collection of windows, dormers, and chimneys.

Bastion roof.

Two chimneys and a ladder. I can't imagine why they felt it necessary to tie back that chimney.

Windows, dormers, and chimneys.

Window and chimney.

One of the harbour gates.

Magazine doors.
I couldn't decide which one of these three I like best, so I processed them all. The colours just seemed to work well together.

Door, windows, and shutters.

Door, shutter, and window.

Shutter and window.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

HMCS SACKVILLE cold move to Dockyard

On October 25, SACKVILLE left her summer berth on the Halfax waterfront in front of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, and headed back to HMC Dockyard. The Dockyard is better protected from the weather, and there are more eyes to look after her there during winter storms. I rode along for the short voyage, termed a "cold move" because she was aided by tugs and didn't move under her own power.

SACKVILLE's last sunrise of 2017 in her summer berth.

The sun rises on SACKVILLE's ensign.

Dew from the previous evening lies on the compass face.

Pulling out from her summer berth.

SACKVILLE was aided by the tugs Listerville and Glenside.

The sun rises, as seen from the starboard bridge wing.

Turned around, and heading up the harbour.
SACKVILLE should move back to her summer berth in June 2018.

Friday, 27 October 2017

October Harbour Traffic

It's apparently been over a month since I posted harbour traffic photos, so here is everything I have processed since September 20th. This year is no different in that cruise ship traffic picks up during September and October, with several days with 4 and 5 ships in port at a time. 

Celebrity Summit.

Viking Sky.

Viking Sky.


Rotterdam. The start of autumn is a good time to get sunrise photos of ships in the harbour.



Rotterdam. Sunlight reflecting off one of the downtown office towers is illuminating her starboard side.

Regal Princess and Mein Schiff 6.

Regal Princess and Mein Schiff 6.

Disney Magic. Despite my dislike for Disney, she and her sister ship are two of the better looking cruise ships, with an appearance harking back more to that of ocean liners than your typical cruise ship.

Disney Magic.

Disney Magic.
There hasn't been a shortage of cargo vessels, either.

The previous generation of ACL ships have gone to the breakers, and the new ships like Atlantic Star are now regular callers.

Atlantic Star.

Atlantic Star.

Atlantic Sail.

Atlantic Sail.

Atlantic Sail.

Atlantic Sail.

Not a cargo vessel, but I caught Confederation departing Caribou for PEI at the end of September.

Glen Canyon Bridge.

Glen Canyon Bridge.

Zim San Diego.

Oceanex Sanderling.

Dalian Express.

Dalian Express.



Malleco. As always, the ferry often provides the best vantage point of these ships.