Royal Visit

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla visited Saint John yesterday. This last weekend was a, what they call, long weekend, as yesterday was Victoria Day. The little tug boats in the harbour have been practising a show they were going to put on. Finally, I got an occasion both to see that, and even shoot some pictures of it. It was extremely cool! When all three had the spray up, it looked like big, white angel wings over Saint John Harbour! They also «danced» around … in a coordinated formation. Imgagine … the beauty that came out of these, powerful, little guys that we see every day, huffing and puffing around.

Many streets were closed off, downtown, for this visit. I was reminded of another, royal visit, while we lived in Quebec City. The King and Queen of Sweden came there, which actually meant something to me on a personal level. I’d been away from my homeland for a number of years by then. Just to see the Swedish flag flying on the parliament building gave me goose bumps.

In Quebec City we were very few Swedish people … a  group of perhaps fifteen at the most. They’d formed a group, had get-togethers every now and then. I took part in that for a while, until I realized I had nothing in common with them. All of them had small children — I have, by choice, no kids — and these meetings were all about kids, and attempting to maintain their Swedish language.

Here, in Saint John, I’ve met one more Swede … that’s all.

In any event, for this visit, we all gathered outside Château Frontenac, when the royal couple arrived. Waving Swedish flags and all 🙂

Now, this particular visit, we didn’t care too much about. The weather was brilliant and we drove south a bit … out of the city. Took the same route as we’ve done so many times before … visited little fishing villages … looked for birds. Strangely enough, no matter how many times I go to these places — there’s always something to enjoy or discover.

The day before, I had a bad day … photo-wise! Saw that there was a Great Egret out in the marsh, just outside town. I’d never managed to get a picture of one — they aren’t a common sight here — I had the long lens already on the camera, so I took off … out in the marsh, with bare legs and little sandals! I was still far away from the bird, but hoped that I could still get some half decent shots. On top of that, there was another, white bird out there … what I later found out was a Snowy Egret! That would have been something, but it was not to be!

I don’t know what went wrong there in this marsh?! All my settings were okay, but everything came out as a big blur with two, white blobs. The camera hadn’t focused on anything at all, which was odd.

Before we took off, we went back there. The birds were still there, but even farther out in the marsh, so … no dice.

This time, I had the tripod with me so I wanted to give a small waterfall a go. It’s in a place called Musquash. When I first came here, I found all those names so intriguing … some, even hard to pronounce, like Manawagonish Road. No problem there anymore.

So much fun to shoot running water with long exposure! That was my first reason for getting a DSLR camera! Even though it looks surreal … water certainly doesn’t look that way in real life, it never ceases to amuse me! 🙂

Didn’t see any eagles this time, but we did see an Osprey in its nest, up in a hydro tower.

In Dipper Harbour, there are always Barn Swallows, fluttering around .. underneath the wharf, but this time I was lucky enough to see one actually sitting down for a while. Normally they seem to be all stressed out!

We drove back, decided to have supper out, so I had fish & chips in our favourite, little restaurant; AJ’s.

All in all, a glorious day! We had four days of hot weather, now we’re back to rain, fog … and some relief.

That was my weekend …. so how was yours?

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28 Replies to “Royal Visit”

  1. You managed to get some lovely photos, Rebekah. I love your last two shots, even thought they are on opposite ends of the spectrum. The clarity and subject matter is both is spectacular.

  2. Love the royal couples, so interesting! Want to visit England so much, I think of it as a sort of going home as so many here including my family have root in old England. BTW, your name is not only the same but also spelled the same as my wife. Cool!

  3. Great photos. I think I would have skipped the royal couple as well…I have a thing about Camilla. I was a Princess Di fan back in the day, and don’t care for Camilla at all. 😛 lol. Like it matters, right?

    I saw the changing of the guard in Sweden once, and my friend Paul went to the recent wedding of the Princess. That’s as close as I have gotten to royalty.

  4. Hi,
    Sounds like you had a lovely day. What a shame about the egret they are such elegant birds, we have them here as well. 🙂
    Fish and chips sound great we haven’t had them for awhile it must be time to get some takeaway, I love eating fish and chips by the water, I don’t know why, it just seems better somehow. 😀

    Great photos, very good shot of the waterfall, well done. 🙂

    1. Hi Mags,
      Since I came here, I’ve only eaten it as a full meal, so to speak, sitting down in the resto … never take out, like I had it in England…
      Thanks, about the photos 🙂

  5. Sounds llike you had a great day!! Love the photos.

    I do not care for Prince Charles and his wife. I might want to see them but would not care. But Swedish royalty I would love to see. I am still sorry I did not go to town when the King was here in 1976.

    1. Shame you missed that, Julie … 1985, when my town turned 400, I wasn’t in town all year, so I missed all the celebrations.

    1. I’d never seen one before … only in flight!

      Exactly the same type of weather here … fog and drizzle today..

  6. Long weekends are great! We have a long weekend this weekend (Monday off).
    Living in a so-called multi-cultural society (in fact it’s more like a plural mono cultural society), I think we shold start to celebrate the Hindu & Buddist traditions as well.
    Then we’d all have more days off work!

    1. Yeah! …there are many holidays in Scandinavia that are ordinary working days here … like Good Friday, for one!

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