Tuesday, May 12, 2009

A Bit of Colour

I took a look at a few of the last posts that I have made and I noticed that there were quite a few black and white images. This really does not do justice to Annapolis Royal in the Spring. The town is currently awash in colour (despite the computer telling me that the spelling is wrong, I insist on spelling colour with a u. Call me a traditionalist). From the spring bulbs to the magnolias which have been in bloom for a couple of weeks, there are signs of life everywhere. What caught my eye today was the green of the hills at Fort Anne.

For those of you who are not familiar with Fort Anne, it is a star shaped earthen work fort. If anyone would like to get technical, it is a Vauban style fort. This style of fortification was named for the French military engineer S├ębastien Le Prestre, Seigneur de Vauban and later Marquis de Vauban. Fort Anne is one of the finest surviving examples of this style of fort in North America. If you are interested in fortifications, this site is worth visiting. If fortifications are not an interest, the walk around the perimeter of the fort to see the views of the Annapolis Basin is one of the prettiest I can think of.

In a visual sense, what the earthen works mean is a lot of grass. At this time of year it also means a lot of lush green grass. After a long winter, this is a very positive thing. As an aside, the image at the top of the post is from a French brass carronade at the fort. If you look closely, you can see that the mowing crew has left some grass on the face during their first mow of the season.

All for now,
RGS

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