Day 53 - Hopewell Rocks, NB

Today we traveled to Hopewell Rocks Ocean Tidal Exploration Site, New Brunswick.

It is an attraction on the Bay of Fundy. I thought it was a provincial park, but it appears to be privately owned.

It has a wonderful interpretation center that covers everything from the geological history of the earth to the whales and migratory birds of the Bay of Fundy.

We had a guide/interpreter who explained each panel before taking us outside to view the high tide on the bay.

It was quite a pleasant hike down to the viewing area.

We are looking at what is referred to as Flower Pots. They were named by early explorers who looked at the formations and saw the growth on top and the straight sides and decided they looked like "flower pots".

In this pictue if you look just below the kayakers, you'll see a little cloud of black spots above the water. That is a flock of Semipalmated Sandpipers flying just inches off the water. They arrive by the thousands two hours before and after high tide.

Another flower pot. It looks like a turtle shell to me.

I love the last caution:
If you become trapped by rising tide, DO NOT PANIC.
Never attempt to climb the cliff.
Find a comfortable rock just above the seaweed level and wait 2 or 3 hours for the water to retract.

The tides cycle from low tide to high tide every 6 hours and 13 minutes.

It was Sue Schmidt's birtday today so a number of us sang Happy Birthday to her..

under Lover's Arch.

The next set of pictures demonstrate the difference between high and low tide at the same locations. The high tide pictures were taken around noon ...

and then again at low tide only 6 hours later. The tide today was at 39 feet. One of the rock formations is called "The Bear". Can you spot it?

Here you see a number kayaks paddling around some of the Flower Pots.

A picture from the same spot only 6 hours later.

What is everyone pointing at?

As we were walking along the bay, this young bald eagle landed on a tree on the cliff above us. He may be immature, but he still had a wing span of around 3 to 4 feet.

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