Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Parrsboro, Nova Scotia



The town of Parrsboro, Nova Scotia claims to have the best view of the highest tides in the world.  The Guinness Book of World Records states that the maximum tidal range recorded in the Minas Basin is 16.8 meters (54.6 ft).  That's high! That's a lot of water flowing in and out!


This tidal range is easier to appreciate in summer, but even in winter, Parrsboro's scenery offers beauty and wonder.  The winds sweep over tidal flats that are 3.2 kilometers (2 miles) deep.  The seaport offers an expansive view.

When we visited a few days ago, the winter wind on the tidal flats made the air damp and bitter, made being outside uncomfortable.  We decided it was better to enjoy the scenes from somewhere warm, step outside to take a picture or two, then retreat.  That's what we did.

We drove the perimeter of the harbour, pausing to take photos where snow and ice permitted a space to park the car.  Each photo opportunity was hurried and wind-pummeled, but worth the venture.




Despite the weather and the wind, the tidal waters were intriguing; I loved them in their winter garb.  

Parrsboro offered ice-frostings, sunlight glinting on the edges of snow-melt, driftwood that was bleached and blown ashore, stark pilings, solid densities set in the neutrals of winter.  The toned-down spareness made it easier to observe the colours, or lack of colours, the textures and sheens or sombre shadings.



In addition to the high tides, Parrsboro, Nova Scotia has scenery worth the visit, in either summer or winter.  The seasons showcase the juxtaposition of the lovely and rugged, calm and wild, the ebb and flow of the tides. 

However, if you decide to go in winter, take a hat and a scarf...maybe thick mittens.  The wind sweeps over two miles of tidal flats before it touches you with its icy fingers.


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2 comments:

Jane Tims said...

Hi. We spent a week at Diligent River when I was a teenager, so I know that coast well, but I have never seen it in winter. I love your photo of the posts sticking out of the ice and snow. Jane.

Carol Steel 5050 said...

Thanks, Jane. I loved that picture too. There is something haunting about pilings sitting in water. The "beauty not in use."