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waking from winter …

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Not everyone has been snoozing though the colder months …

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Written by jane tims

May 5, 2017 at 7:37 am

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 …

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15-16

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

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

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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  …

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smelter

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and the location of the Belledune Thermal Generating Station …

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power plant

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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.

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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.

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

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an old barn with red doors …

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

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

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

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

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Copyright  2014  Jane Tims

technology and industry along the road 7-17

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My virtual biking has taken a turn for the better.  As a reward to myself for keeping at my biking for 6 months (!), I splurged on an I-Pad.  My son set up wireless in our house and now I can go to my stationary cycle and use Street View directly.  I am using an app called MobiMaps (Brainflash).

Previously, I spent hours downloading images from Street View and transporting them physically on a flash drive to my small computer.  Using the I-Pad is a great time saver.  The I-Pad has also given me the ability to look around the countryside more, so I am biking longer (35 to 50 minutes per session compared to the 30 minutes I was doing).  My goal now is to work up to the recommended 150 minutes per week of exercise.

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map showing distance travelled (map from Google Earth)

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Today’s journey was not particularly photogenic.  The area between Par and Carlyon Bay is very industrial.  I saw lots of evidence of abandoned industrial buildings …

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abandoned chimney with vines (image from Street View)

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One of the abandoned chimneys had a tree growing from the flue opening!

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abandoned industrial space (image from Street View)

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The road also followed the train track and I was treated to the view of a high-speed train going by …

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a passing train (image from Street View)

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Best View:  an abandoned industrial building near Carlyon Bay … not very pretty, but it gave me a chance to practice a different approach to ‘sky’.  The bush of Gorse did not turn out so well, but I like the vine-covered roof of the building and the vine-covered chimney …

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Aug 9, 2013 'abandoned industry, Carlyon Bay'  Jane Tims

Aug 9, 2013 ‘abandoned industry, Carlyon Bay’ Jane Tims

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