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Ice Gallery in Smith's Cove

Smith's Cove is a small community overlooking the Annapolis Basin, near the fishing town of Digby.

Textured snow and ice accentuates an exhibition of twig art.

This seaside setting has the makings of an idyllic country lifestyle; peaceful surroundings close to all amenities.

In the past, Smith's Cove has been known as a tourist destination, although in later years, it has become a popular outdoor space for local residents.

The former Dominion Atlantic Railway bed has evolved into a much-loved walking trail that runs through the entire community, bordering the Annapolis Basin and winding through wooded areas.

The Smith's Cove walking trail in winter. Conifers and blackberry bushes often lean into the trail, their branches heavy with snow.

Along the trail, snow falls into heart-formation, accented by a contrasting rocky backdrop. At the end of the trail, near Bear River Lighthouse, blasted rock transforms into an ideal canvas for ice art.

Snow and water upon these rocks are susceptible to winds off the Annapolis Basin, surrendering to an artful freeze.

Time-sensitive seasonal phenomena molds into artistic formations, only to be swept away by the same spirited force that created it.

Temperature, and precipitation create exquisite sculptures.

Nature's art media is sometimes dependent on the ebb and flow of time. A meditative moment with this wondrous sculpture is a pleasant diversion from a busy lifestyle.

Layers of water settle into winter, their droplets collecting for a fleeting exhibit. Here, textured ice clings to brittle grasses growing through the cracked rocky canvas.

Due to it's proximity to the waters of the Annapolis Basin, the landscapes of Smith's Cove are ever-changing.

Shades of earth tones intercept at the discretion of the sun.

Opal swords of condensed light pierce through clouds, their mirror images illuminating frozen sandbars.

This tiny community offers the ultimate outdoor gallery experience.

Angela McMullen is a poet, forest writing workshop facilitator and freelance writer who lives and writes in maritime Nova Scotia, where she is inspired by the rhythm of the Bay of Fundy tides, the pulse of long-standing forests, the expansive fields of the Annapolis Valley, the backdrop of North and South mountain ranges, and the distinction of the four seasons.

Angela's most recent work is a slim book of poetry that captures the pure essence of nature and her unwavering resilience. Infused with undertones of Italian influence, this collection of poetry speaks for itself.

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