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Passamaquoddy Abstracts

July 8, 2013
Deer Island viewed from Saint Andrews (with possibly some smaller islands mixed in)

Deer Island and some smaller islands, viewed from Saint Andrews

Under a slaty summer sky, shoreline and sea are simply surfaces. Objects on the strand lose meaning; they have become abstract forms floating between flat light and milky water. Barnacle shells are empty, the seaweeds fading, transmuted to pale remnants of their former selves. Small ripples slop wearily against moist rocks, too lazy to make a sound. Even the gulls are silent.

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barnacles

Algae and bacteria in the salt marsh

Algae and bacteria in a salt marsh channel do their best impression of a Jackson Pollock

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Ulva ("sea lettuce") in a shallow tidal channel

Ulva (“sea lettuce”) in a shallow tidal channel

Thinly laminated sandstone bedrock

Thinly laminated sandstone bedrock

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All of these photos were taken today along the point at the southeastern tip of Saint Andrews, New Brunswick.

© Graham Young, 2013

8 Comments leave one →
  1. July 8, 2013 9:42 pm

    Gorgeous photos!

  2. July 9, 2013 6:12 am

    Graham they are all wonderful.

  3. July 9, 2013 1:19 pm

    One of our Passamaquoddy friends, Charles Finch, now lives in New Hampshire and one of my Mohegan partner’s Penobscot relatives, Nettie Smith was a Sachem from Deer Island.
    So glad that you did this. What a small world~

    • Graham permalink*
      July 11, 2013 8:05 pm

      Interesting. Was that Deer Island, NB, or Deer Isle, Maine? They are both lovely places, anyway! Just wondering, because the latter is in the Penobscot area.

  4. Alexandra Paul permalink
    July 11, 2013 4:53 pm

    I’m now a reporter with the Winnipeg Free Press, actually looking for you about a story on Manitoba beaches, when I found this entry. I grew up in St. Andrews and spent many happy hours with my mother on the shore. Have you been to Oven Head? It was one of our favorite haunts. Thank you for bringing back some happy memories. Alexandra Paul

    • Graham permalink*
      July 11, 2013 5:17 pm

      Hi Alexandra, that’s interesting; I wasn’t aware that you are from here. I have never made it to Oven Head, though I have driven past the signs for “Oven Head Smokers” many times over the years!

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