A day in Wallace by Karen Cook - So there I was in Wallace Nova Scotia. I had spotted the Mullins Point Upper Range Lighthouse across the river and it looked so pretty, especially with the fall colors on display, and the river in the foreground.
I was focused on the lighthouse, when all of a sudden this huge, and I do mean huge, flock of Double-crested Cormorants flew into the view! There were literally hundreds of these birds. I had never seen a flock of that size in my life. They just kept coming and coming!
What should I do? Miss the shot with the lighthouse? Or try and focus on at least part of the flock that kept on coming?
I went with my instinct and stayed focused on the lighthouse. The birds are blurry, but I somehow think it added to the magic of the moment.
Wallace is a tiny community on the Northumberland Strait in northern Nova Scotia. Named for legendary Scotsman William Wallace (of Braveheart fame), it is a now a fishing port, but at one time was a booming shipbuilding port.
The Mullins Point Upper Range Lighthouse is registered with Canada's Historic Places. It is unusual as the entire lighthouse is mounted on the gable roof of the story and a half wood frame home of the lightkeeper! This rare design was necessary to fulfill the rear light function and to make sure the light was visible above the surrounding trees.
So that was my day in Wallace!
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