The Willows of Grand Pre by George Cousins

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The Historic park at Grand Pre, in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, Canada, includes these giant willow trees among it’s many beautiful features.
In1920 the memorial park and church were developed to commemorate the expulsion of the Acadian settlers from Nova Scotia at the end of the French-English wars. Shortly after, the site was designated a National Historic Site of Canada and is now administered by Parks Canada. The expulsion was made famous by a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (“Evangeline”), a young woman who was separated from her family and future husband.Her statue is mounted in front of the church. though she was almost certainly a fictional character. Longfellow himself never visited Grand Pre.

Taken in September 2006 with a Sony DSCF828 camera.

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  • Stan Wojtaszek
    Stan Wojtaszekover 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot, George !
    Excellent description, too. :)

  • Hi Stan, how’ve you been keeping? Just about finished my renos. Thanks for the kind words, I always loved that park and those trees are the biggest willows I’ve ever seen.

    – George Cousins

  • Phil Woodman
    Phil Woodmanover 4 years ago

    George, excellent shot under difficult light conditions.

  • Thanks very much Phil, much appreciated.

    – George Cousins

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 4 years ago

    Love the majestic trees and the POV George, enjoyed the read as well my friend

  • Hi Larry, glad you liked it, and really enjoyed the chat. Always good to have a voice to go with the face and the written!

    – George Cousins

  • loiteke
    loitekeover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous landscape photo

  • Hello Meeli, and thanks very much, I’m glad you liked it :)

    – George Cousins

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 4 years ago

    Wonderful image,
    excellent work, Ann

  • Hi Ann, very glad you liked this one. The sunlight and shade was a tricky one to get just right, but patience was rewarded and it was such a nice place to just stay awhile and take my time lol!

    – George Cousins

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 4 years ago

    Marvellous shot, George. What magnificent willows!

  • George Cousins
    George Cousinsover 4 years ago

    Thanks Mike, those trees are very old, and the biggest I’ve ever seen. I first saw them over 50 years ago and they looked just as big back then. I have film shots from that time but this one is a lot!

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGover 4 years ago

    Congratulations! Your photo has been featured in “A Garden somewhere…..”

    This photo was chosen because it was of a very high quality and it captured exactly the sort of work we are looking for in this group.

    Please keep up the great work and we hope you continue to add more of your excellent photographs to this group.

  • Good morning Graham, and many thanks for the honour!

    – George Cousins

  • sharon wingard
    sharon wingardover 4 years ago

    very nice shot

  • Hi Sharon, glad you liked it, and much appreciated!

    – George Cousins

  • Bryan Freeman
    Bryan Freemanover 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot, makes me wish I was there.

  • Thanks very much Bryan, I wish I was,too. First went there over 50 years ago and still love the place!

    – George Cousins

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