poetry and prose about place

industry and old barns (day 15 and 16)

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One of the best things about ‘biking’ a new section of road every time I exercise is – I never know what theme is going to suggest itself …




8-15  February 12, 2014   30 minutes  (Jacquet River to Culligan)

8-16   February 16, 2014   35 minutes (Culligan to Belledune)


This session of virtual touring took me to Belledune.  The area is quite industrialized, since it is the site of the Xstrata Zinc Canada Brunswick Smelter  …




and the location of the Belledune Thermal Generating Station …


power plant


The smelter is a primary lead smelter and refinery.  Its air emissions are controlled by various process-specific pollution control equipment including a scrubber and baghouse facilities.

The 450 MW (megawatt) generator burns coal and has a ‘scrubber’ to help remove sulphur dioxide emissions. At the present time, there are only two thermal generating stations still operating in New Brunswick. Most of the rest of our power comes from hydroelectric and nuclear stations; we also have some wind power.

I studied the air emissions of both the thermal generating station and the smelter at Belledune.


At first glance, this industrial activity in a mostly rural area may seem out-of-place.  However, the smelter and generating station use the Port of Belledune.  This is a world-class deep water port in the Baie-des-Chaleurs with year-round cargo handling ability.   The port, one of Atlantic Canada’s most successful, offers a gateway to North America.


In the midst of all this industrial activity, in my search for paintings to represent my ‘travels’, I chose images of the rural landscape …


an old barn with red doors …



February 21, 2014 ‘barn along the bay’ Jane Tims


and a barn near a huge Mountain Ash, its red berries magnificent …


February 22, 2014  'red berries - Mountain Ash'  Jane Tims

February 22, 2014 ‘red berries – Mountain Ash’ Jane Tims


Copyright  2014  Jane Tims

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  1. Oooh! Your barns are lovely. 🙂



    February 24, 2014 at 8:12 pm

  2. The virtual reality bike ride – well, not quite, you are actually stationary biking – but the addition of info on a real movement of place to place and then the layer of sharing with your own art – wow. These are great ideas one on top of the other creating a wonderful patchwork quilt of ingenuity. It is so fun to follow along.



    February 24, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    • Hi Francis. For some reason, the combination of these items (the patchwork as you say) has been a magic formula for me … after 13 months, I am still doing the exercise regularly and have had so many health benefits. Thanks! Jane


      jane tims

      February 25, 2014 at 11:38 am

  3. Love the colors in “barn along the bay.” I’m impressed that you are smart enough to study air emissions, while also being a talented artist and writer. It’s wonderful that you can be juggling so many projects at the same time!


    Barbara Rodgers

    February 24, 2014 at 11:16 am

    • Hi. I was wondering just yesterday what my life would have been like if I had chosen to study the arts instead of science. I’m glad to have had a career as a botanist and now the freedom to be whatever I choose. I’ve met many scientists who are very creative. Jane


      jane tims

      February 25, 2014 at 11:35 am

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