In May 2011, after four years of life on McNutt's Island, we moved to Montreal. This blog remains, though, as a (sort of) daily record of our time on the island, and a winding path for anyone who would like to meander about among its magical places. For additional perspectives and insights I recommend Greg's book, Island Year: Finding Nova Scotia (2010), and my Bowl of Light (2012). I'll continue to post once in a while. If you do want to read this blog, one option would be to begin at the beginning of it (which is, as we all know, in blog-world, at the end), and read forward, concluding with the most recent entry. It's a journal, really, so it does makes more sense if you read it that way. But, you know, read it any way you like.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

swimming deer

Shelley Van Buskirk Spears took an amazing picture yesterday afternoon of two deer swimming across the western channel of Shelburne Harbour, from McNutt's Island to the beach at Carleton Village, on the western shore. Her husband Alex called her to say that he had spotted the deer leaving the Horseshoe on McNutt's. That's the northern arm of the cove, here on the western side. Shelley ran to get her camera and stood on the shore to wait until they appeared.
You can see part of McNutt's in the upper left of the picture. The wind was quite strong yesterday afternoon, coming from the west-northwest, and the water was choppy, with whitecaps. This must have been a difficult swim. It's hard to imagine why the deer went across. People have always said that deer swim to and from McNutt's Island. But as far as I know this is the first time anyone has taken a picture of it. Thanks to Shelley for sharing her photograph.


Janet said...

A remarkable picture! Thanks Anne to you and Shelley for sharing this. Occasionally deer swim the Northwest Arm of Halifax Harbour and have made their way into the downtown area that way - of course the Arm is very sheltered and not really all that wide.

Piecefulafternoon said...

It is amazing how deer can swim with those skinny little legs. Great picture!!

Sus said...

So interesting! An important event captured on film. Wonderful!