Cracks & Rubble

Thursday morning a cheap digital camera (it’s a 3.0 MP camera that interpolates to 8.0) that I had ordered arrived at my door. To test it out I decided to walk to Point Pleasant Park, a place I find very calming and full of visual treats. The park is full of striking features, such as the old battlements that date to as old as 1796 and the recent devistation that a hurricane visited on the park’s once bountiful trees. It’s become a place that whispers to me both of history and of promise.

I have shared the photos I took in my March 2005 album in the photo section of my website. I’d like to mention a little bit about them here.

Photos that were once included with this entry have been removed and may now be in my main photo album.

When I reached the park I walked along the wooded trails for a time and then moved toward the Martello Tower, the park’s largest and oldest monument. This was my first subject, a broad, dwarfing stone structure that I found challenging to capture in a way that would portray its strong character.

When I walk in Point Pleasant Park I usually walk to the park’s edge and follow the coastline from there to a spot where a ferry once landed. This day I followed this path once I left the tower. Along the shore I took in the typical sights seagulls and ducks, crashing waves, a monument to sailors and the remains of coastal defences.

The defences are very much in need of repair, as you’ll see in the photos. Much of their foundations have eroded or otherwise been damaged, giving them a fragile strength. They hold on to the cliffs, keeping a steady, silent watch. Mortar breaks down and brick walls sink into the pebbles of the beach. They’re slowly returning to nature, letting their rocks disperse on a beach no longer in need of their protection.

I moved inland and came to Fort Cambridge Battery, which protected the Halifax Harbour from the American Civil War until WWI. It’s a facinating jumble of buildings and underground structures that are permitted to be viewed but not explored by the public. Today the site is used as the setting for outdoor Shakespeare performances which draw many people to the park during the summer.

The route I take to and from the park brings me past a cemetery. It’s one of the less interesting ones in the city, but there are some interesting contrasts. The housing tower I photographed in the background of several shots is the greatest of this, a hulking, ugly construction towering behind the serenity of the cemetery became beautiful because of its framing.

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