The Lunenburg Academy

Lunenburg's first school, called The Academy, was constructed directly across the street from our house in what is now a park in the very heart of town. (Old photo on my Shutterfly site) Originally it was a large school, built in 1864. Our home was built in 1888, so it would have been in harms way when the school burned to the ground September 23, 1893. (No one was injured)

Across the street from "The Wedding Cake House", The Academy pictured today, is a Municipal, Provincial and National Historic Site, and was built on Gallows Hill in 1894-95. Today it is surrounded on two sides by an immense cemetery. The school opened November 7, 1895, and is still in use today as an elementary (and Jr High...not positive about this fact...) school. http://videolounge.cisco.com/video/field-trip/ Ellen Page (of the movie "Juno" did a series of Cisco ads in Lunenburg & this is from the Academy). Also, this site was the hotel in the movie, "Dolores Claiborne". The tree in this photo is one of a string of trees that is planted along the road between the school and the cemetery. I don't recall the occasion, but a tree from each Province was planted and a large marker placed by each. I'm amazed how they've grown in these past years! For more pictures, history and a tour of the Academy, follow this link http://www.lunenburg.ednet.ns.ca/tour.htm

Before Ken left to go golfing with a friend this afternoon, I asked him to drive me to some sites for photos. You won't be disappointed if you have a little time to look through some of them. Http://365daysintheyear.shutterfly.com/754 It was a gorgeous, sunny, warm day, and taking beautiful photos was like "shooting fish in a barrel"! This town gives them up so easily! Hmmm, I suppose that's why it's a popular tourist destination!

By the by, The Academy is used through the summer for adult-based classes, primarily, and often, music. One year when we'd housed ("billited", as they say here) a visiting student, we were given access to the school while she took classes. Uninterrupted and without escort, we explored every nook and cranny, even into the attic (!) and took heaps of pictures! Not sure, today, where those pictures ended up...they may have been on my computer when it crashed back when...
nice nice nice shot , love the perspective ... ur in such a lovely spot no wonder u packed up and left lol ...i am off now to look at ur pics on shutterfly .. xxxx much love
posted May 18th, 2010  
Great composition. Great picture Louise...
posted May 18th, 2010  
WONDERFUL composition! i really like this!
posted May 18th, 2010  
agree with all above!
impressive, Louise!
posted May 18th, 2010  
Great shot. Wonderful composition.
posted May 18th, 2010  
Terrific rule of thirds composition. And again you've managed to capture a very large structure without distorting it. The distance definitely makes it easier with your 18mm lens.
posted May 18th, 2010  
i love the perspective!
posted May 18th, 2010  
I thought the same thing on perspective. Great job with this shot. It's just beauiful there!
posted May 18th, 2010  
beautifully composed photograph! Again, I feel like I'm turning the pages of a fairytale.
posted May 18th, 2010  
Beautiful, love the perspective and the colors. The focus is so clear. Great photo Louise!
posted May 18th, 2010  
So Beautiful!
posted May 18th, 2010  
Wow! Thank you all! As the day comes to an end here, I'm heading to bed with a smile, thinking of all your nice comments! Truly appreciate it all!
posted May 18th, 2010  
This is a truely beautiful building! I am enjoying learning all kinds of new things about this town from your travels!
posted May 18th, 2010  
Louise, what a great perspective!!! The building is gorgeous, and it looks like a Lego piece in the distance! You've chosen a really amazing way to capture it! So mush history in Lunenburg, and we are learning so much from your photos!! ;-) I took a look at the link you sent me - can't believe that Heather's kitty is 18 years old! Loved the picture with him and his baby shot!! I am quite familiar with your four-legged friends, I've met them through your project and they are all adorable! Dill is such a cute name for a cat, I have to devote my Zoom, Zoom, Zoom picture to him (that was the dill in the yard zoomed in). You are right I have been on a green wave lately - it's my favorite color and I guess it shows! It's amazing what the subconsiousness would do! Still pondering on my photo for today...will i break the pattern?? ;-)
posted May 18th, 2010  
Okay ... onion peeling here ... you live in a house that was built in 1888? That's about the time the "old" buildings in Aspen were built! When are you going to offer up pics of your home?!!? (I haven't had much time to hang out here lately, so maybe I've missed them? either here or on shutterfly? just point me in the right direction!) I've been thinking about starting a little personal mini-theme "around town" or some such ... now that I'm officially finished with Signs of Spring!

BTW, love the perspective on this shot!
posted May 18th, 2010  
wow,what a magnificent shot!!
posted May 18th, 2010  
lovely perspective and I really enjoyed reading the commentary as well. thanks so much for sharing this Louise!
posted May 18th, 2010  
"Dill" is absolutely welcome! i tagged him and you ;-))
posted May 18th, 2010  
I love this photo Louise. I just finished looking at all of them. Absolutely beautiful! The boys loved that photo of the big white puppy also...lol. Stop by later to see what the boys were up to : )
posted May 18th, 2010  
What a lovely house - so different from the ones over here.
Great photo angle!
posted May 18th, 2010  
soooooooooo pretty
posted May 18th, 2010  
Beautiful shot, and I love the backstory on this building. The rest of your shots from today are equally amazing. I'm jealous of your incredible surroundings!
posted May 18th, 2010  
Beautiful shot, Louise. And thanks for acting as tour guide for a place I'd otherwise probably never see.
posted May 18th, 2010  
OMG....That is fannnnnnnnnntastic! I'm beginning to see that being an exterior painter has good job security up that way...that is beautiful! Post-Card perfect
posted May 18th, 2010  
Aly
Wonderful shot, Louise! BRAVO!!!!!!!!!!!! =)
posted May 18th, 2010  
Stunning!!! Nice shot!! :)
posted May 18th, 2010  
Louise, I had to come back after reading your comment on TJ's Saint Louis skyline! How cool that Ken is from Troy! We live an hour south from the city, and the Arch is my most favorite place! I also love the Botanical garden and the whole Forest Park (STL Zoo is amazing!) It's a small world, after all! :-) My best friend came to visit us in March - actually, my husband flew her over from NY without telling me, and surprised me so much! - and we gave her a tour around the city, including visiting the famous Anheuser-Busch brewery and sampling some of their products! I have posted the photos on Facebook, didn't have s 365 project back then. If you have time, you can take a look: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=152161&id=665461777&saved#!/photo.php?pid=3688014&id=665461777
posted May 18th, 2010  
I like that photograph! And how blue is the sky!
posted May 18th, 2010  
I really enjoy the way you've made the building look as if it a dolls house ... lovely.

I am so glad that you have good Capetonian friends to share time with - especially Ken having a golfer. It's a big sport here - my husband is also a very keen player ... ask John to tell you about Clovelley. Better still - I'll take some pictures of the trees there for the project and I'll guarantee John will have stories to tell you about the wind :)
posted May 18th, 2010  
I love this...so beautiful!
Every picture you take, every story you tell, reminds me of my aunt and uncle's place in Sackville, New Brunswick, and of their life there, right down to the "billeted" music students, and the age of their old farmhouse!
They actually have a friendly - though silly - ghost in their house, named Theodore.
Once, he emptied all of the bird feeders into my aunt's purse.
Any spirits inhabit your old home? ;-)
posted May 18th, 2010  
Okay, adding Lunenburg to our ever growing list of places to visit. Beautiful! I was always horrible with geography, but I did a Jr. High project on Nova Scotia so had an idea of where you're at. Crazy that I remember stuff from 30 years ago, but can't remember what I had for lunch yesterday. :) But I digress. Loved looking through all your Shutterfly shots. I especially like the one you mentioned you got down on the lawn to take. The things we do in the name of photography, huh?

Keep shooting them fish in the barrel...we're really enjoying them Louise!
posted May 18th, 2010  
It's a beauty!
posted May 18th, 2010  
Just stunning Louise, I really love it. I've made it a fav and I never fav non animal shots lol.
posted May 18th, 2010  
I'm laughing too...because I'm STILL up, waiting to see if Kelsey gets a seat on a flight home.
Mama Bear can't sleep, until then. But, it IS 3:30 am here.....YAWN..!
I guess I better try!
posted May 18th, 2010  
Wow, what a great photo. I love the composition and the angle! Beautiful blue sky!
posted May 18th, 2010  
A great photo Louise.I love architectural photography. Over the weekend I watched a documentary on Eugene Atget and Berenice Abbot. Truly inspirational. I'd love if you could pop by and sample my chocolate/praline xperiments. I'm working on getting the ratio's of crunch (of praline and soft (of choc) perfect.
posted May 18th, 2010  
Great angle and composition
posted May 18th, 2010  
I love the angle you have given this. You must have been lying on your belly again, either that or peeking out of a hole lol. Thanks for your comments on my goslet pic - they were a joy to see.
posted May 18th, 2010  
Wu
beautiful composition Louise :)
posted May 18th, 2010  
A spectacular composition! Looks amazing.
posted May 18th, 2010  
Very pretty - all of the pictures are quite magnificent.
posted May 18th, 2010  
nice angle!
posted May 18th, 2010  
gee, this is almost like a dream...
posted May 18th, 2010  
beautiful shot and so interesting to read all about the history of the building and Lunenburg.
posted May 18th, 2010  
oh, wow, Louise. You've shot this beautifully. This should be a print ad, inviting eveyrone to come check out the place.
posted May 18th, 2010  
Louise, thank you so much for your comment on my railroad photo!! I love taking the train, too, haven't done it for a long time, though! It's sad that the railroad is slowly dying away, letting the boring highways overtake it... hopefully it will experience a revival sometime soon!

We live near Sullivan, kind of an hour away from Saint Louis. I am sorry you can't see the pictures, but I understand you about Facebook!! You'll be so busy commenting on photos, that you won't have any time to get out and capture the beautiful Lunenberg scenery for us! Since I joined 365, I find myself spending more and more time in front of the computer screen, admiring other people's gorgeous photos and commenting away! If I miss a day, there's so much more to look at and catch up with! You are absolutely right - this project is so much more than simply sharing pictures. It's like a paralel universe, a glimpse into so many other worlds and souls!!! And I am loving it! :-)
posted May 18th, 2010  
Wow Louise, this picture is really great! It is classy and looks professional - good job!
posted May 18th, 2010  
nice clear shot and great looking building
posted May 18th, 2010  
Awesome! The photo and the information.
posted May 18th, 2010  
This is so beautiful...how it looks up the hill. I think I'd like to visit.
posted May 18th, 2010  
Beautiful shot and what a stunning building! It looks like you have an incredible view!
posted May 18th, 2010  
Another lovely scene, will check out your shutterfly site too. Great perspective and lovely building. I can so see why you spend your summers in NS.
posted May 18th, 2010  
Ótima composição, Adorei tudo... great shot
posted May 19th, 2010  
Nice place to go to school. Do not know if I could study in that setting.
posted May 19th, 2010  
OMG - I just saw and recognized this on the t.v. : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Uz3wQRFbvg
posted May 19th, 2010  
Wow, this is SUCH a lovely house! Like I want to own it or get re-married in it or something! I can understand why you chose to buy a holiday home in the area, it seems just so lovely and that you can be happy by just being there!
posted May 19th, 2010  
My heart resides in Nova Scotia so you really got my attention on this one. I look forward to your pictures!! We spent a summer there on our sailboat a few years ago and made some wonderful Novie friends. We were back again last year by car. Can't stay away. NS captures your heart! - and keeps it!
posted May 19th, 2010  
Louise, we have a lot in common. We, too, are from SoCal. Orange County for about 30 years and then the sailboat and San Diego and then Nova Scotia, Bahamas and now Charleston. We loved NS! Yes, we spent a lot of time in Lunenburg - even rescued a drowning victim - face down in the water - over by the golf course. I still remember the wonderful farmer's market in town, the best "Lunenburg Sausage" in the world and the Knot Pub - a favorite! We spent most of our time in Mahone Bay and have friends in Mader's Cove with a boat and friend in Chester with a boat. Miss them all so much! I will be posting some of my NS pictures in the days to come. I have an album just for "Travels". Please, eat some sausage for me and enjoy!
posted May 20th, 2010  
LOVE LOVE LOVE this!
posted May 20th, 2010  
That's a beautiful place and a great shot!
posted May 20th, 2010  
Oh my gosh! I know exactly where that is! I'm having some computer issues so haven't been able to post new shots. Should have things back to normal in a week or so :(
posted May 21st, 2010  
Thank you for putting this photo on my thread "Most Stunning Photo". It sure is! :)
posted May 24th, 2010  
What a beutiful building, great shot!
posted May 25th, 2010  
Cool picture! Love the angle and the simplicity
posted June 14th, 2010  
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