Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday (our 169th!). Spring seems to have sprung here in Daejeon, double digit temps for the past few days! Today I spotted some magnolia blossoms. We’ll have gorgeous flowers blanketing the city soon! This time of the year always has me thinking of home, and how we anticipate the coming of spring and summer after a long cold Nova Scotia winter. My shots today come from Peggy’s Cove, and a legacy left by painter and sculptor Andrew de Garthe.
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Most visitors come to Peggy’s Cove to see the famous lighthouse, and walk on the rocks. With any luck, the Atlantic waves will be crashing. If you look to the right just shortly after turning onto the narrow windy village road leading to the lighthouse and the rocks, you will see a humongous piece of granite. That was deGarthe’s back yard. In the 1970s he decided to carve a monument into that 100 foot outcropping to honor Nova Scotia fisherman and their families. He was able to finish approximately half of the sculpture before he died; 32 fishermen, their wives and children, St. Elmo with wings spread, and the legendary Peggy of Peggy’s Cove.
His plan on paper….
While De Garthe’s passing did bring an end to his ambitious endeavor what he did complete is impressive, and people flock to see his stone monument with its intricate detail and the raw emotion he conveyed.
He captures their hard working lives so eloquently through their expressive faces, and strong bodies…
St. Elmo, the patron saint of fisherman…
The area is accessible all year round, and there is no charge to view the monument, or the lighthouse. His former home is an art gallery. However, when I was there last summer, it was closed. Sadly, it looked to be abandoned.
Peggy’s Cove is a quick 40 minute drive from Halifax. Although you may find yourself stopping along the way to take photos of the gorgeous ocean views. Check out this website for directions and other useful information…Peggy’s Cove Coastal Region.
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