nichepoetryandprose

poetry and prose about place

islands and gorges (day 13 and 14)

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My virtual bike ride continues with a ride from Blackland to Belledune …

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distance travelled (map from Google Earth)

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8-13  February 5, 2014   20 minutes  3.0 km (Blackland to Sea Side)

8-14   February 8, 2014   35 minutes  7.0 km (Sea Side to west of Belledune)

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As I have said, I have often visited the area I am ‘biking’ through as part of my past work.  In the 1970s and 1980s, we visited many sites in the area to measure the levels of air pollutants in local lichens.  We collected lichens of the genus Cladina (reindeer lichens) since they absorb all of their nutrition from the air and air pollutants accumulate in their tissues …

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species of the lichen ‘Cladina’ grow in tufts on high elevation, rocky areas and in low-lying bogs

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One of our sampling locations was Heron Island, an island 3.5 km long, lying just off the coast …

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satellite image of Heron Island (map from Google Earth)

satellite image of Heron Island (map from Google Earth)

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I have been on the island several times … it was a good place to collect lichens since there are not many local emissions to contaminate the sample (no cars, dusty roads, and so on).

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The island is a landscape of low-lying salt marsh and beach as well as forested and grown-over old-field areas.  On the boat on the way to the island, I remember watching scallop fishermen working on their barges in the shallow waters.  Although people have lived on the island as recently as 1940, the island is now protected and co-managed by the provincial government and First Nations peoples who have traditionally used the island as a summer residence.

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Today’s painting is of a rather stormy day along the bay shore just east of Heron Island …

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February 11, 2014  'Baie des Chaleurs'   Jane Tims

February 11, 2014 ‘Baie des Chaleurs’ Jane Tims

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Also in the area where I was ‘biking’ is the very hilly landscape of the Jacquet River.  The high elevation plateau has been deeply eroded by the Jacquet River – the river and its tributaries flow through deep gorges.  The 26,000 hectare ‘Jacquet River Gorge’ is one of New Brunswick’s Protected Natural Areas.  Reaching the locations of our lichen collections took us deep into the area and I remember how steep the hills (and the roads) were as we went to our collection sites.

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February 17, 2014  'lower Jacquet River'  Jane Tims

February 17, 2014 ‘lower Jacquet River’ Jane Tims

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Copyright  2014  Jane Tims

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  1. The watercolors are awesome. I also enjoyed reading about your personal connection to the island. It sounds like you did some really interesting and important work there.

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    Sheryl

    February 20, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    • Hi Sheryl. I loved my work and saw lots of interesting places because of it. I hope I did some good for the overall environment as well. Thanks! Jane

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      jane tims

      February 22, 2014 at 11:15 am

  2. I love the stormy mood in the first painting and the bright light of the second one. It makes me think of how some artists paint the same scene in different kinds of light…

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    Barbara Rodgers

    February 20, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    • Hi Barbara. If I paint in the open, I would like to try variations. Painting from Street View, I use their weather, light and so on. I often find it is hard to find good shadows in their images and shadows make the painting in my opinion. Thanks! jane

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      jane tims

      February 22, 2014 at 11:14 am

  3. I appreciate the vibrant washes of colour you use to capture the feel of your paintings. The two today are each lovely; you have such great talent.

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    Carol Steel

    February 19, 2014 at 7:47 am

    • Hi Carol. Thanks! I love doing the paintings. Still digging out from the snow???? Jane

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      jane tims

      February 19, 2014 at 11:10 am


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