Monday, December 15, 2008

Big moon & crazy winds = wild tides!

It's been a crazy couple of days of 'natural effects' here in the Bay of Fundy. The moon this weekend was in much greater proximity to earth than it normally is. Usually it's orbiting at an average distance of 384,400 kilometres (238,855 miles) around the earth but on Friday it was 17,000 km (10,560 miles) closer to earth than usual.

Not only is that enough to make the moon look bigger and brighter, but it also strengthens the moon's gravitational pull - causing even higher tides in our already high-tide bay. Also it's been wildly windy for the past couple of days.

Sadly for me, I was traveling away from the Bay during this convergence of natural factors (just the kind of weather I enjoy!!) but my friend Trish from Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, was wandering about with her trusty camera. Here's one of her images of the town's waterfront area during the height of the tide. Not to fear, that church is actually quite far from the water's edge, it's just Trish's zoom lens collapsing perspective and making the church look like it might just float away on the tide!!


Mary Sheehan Winn said...

wow Terry, is that the Anglican Church in Parrsboro? I think this is taken down Two Islands Road?
How I would love to see Parrsboro this time of year. I was there in October and we went to Cape D'or. Two painter girls and myself.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you.

Terri said...

ah no, it's Annapolis Royal not Parrsboro. I will post a few pics of Parrsboro this winter!