Why are liquids banned? and other questions answered in pictures

In honour of the tenth anniversary of the war on moisture, I dug out this series of “explanations” for why airline security is the way it is, presented in elementary school history project format.  The universal theme: knee-jerk reaction.  They were hanging on the wall behind the security checkpoint in Maui, so I can only assume they’re official explanations from the TSA.

In case you were wondering, liquids are banned because of… Tang and hair bleach.

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My first solo flight

I’ve always wanted to learn to fly. About a year ago, I realized that I will probably never find an airport more convenient than Rockcliffe Airport (CYRO) and so I started taking lessons.

Up until now, I’ve had the comfort of having a trained instructor sitting at the controls next to me.  It was a little unnerving seeing the seat empty for the first time.
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A wild blueberry farm

We were driving through Eastern Prince Edward Island when we saw scarecrows off in the distance.  To our untrained eyes, it looked like they were defending empty overgrown fields.

Curious, we decided to turn down a side road, as one does on a meandering road trip through PEI.

Imagine our delight when we discovered that the fields were full of wild blueberries. We held off gorging ourselves in the field and bought a couple of quarts when we reached the next town.

The downside was explained to us later. The reason why the fields look like wild grasslands is that it’s impossible to plant wild blueberries. Only the larger farmed blueberries will grow from seeds. Instead of sowing seeds, farmers search out an area where blueberries are already growing wild in the forest, and chop down all the trees to allow the blueberries to take over more territory. I’ll think of that next time I see “organic wild blueberries” for sale in the grocery store.

A little further down the road, we saw how the harvesting is done.

This big tractor attachment hoovers them up, filters out a lot of the leaves and twigs, and somehow magically fills flats full of berries.


Prince Edward Island National Park

There are a whole series of boardwalks leading out to the beach. It was a beautiful walk.

I couldn’t resist a panorama from the top of a sand dune.

Rusty diesel

I’m impressed that this is still pumping.  I guess not much has changed in the gas dispensing technology besides adding frustratingly slow pay at the pump interfaces.

Little discoveries near Confederation Bridge

On our drive to Prince Edward Island, we stopped at the Cape Jourimain Nature Centre which is the last exit before the Confederation Bridge.

The are a couple of nice walking trails out toward an old lighthouse, and the centre itself serves as a discovery centre, tourist information centre, and a rest stop.  The food is by far the best I’ve ever had at a rest stop.  I had the tail end of the brunch buffet, and even the scrapings were delicious.

Walking back from the lighthouse along the beach, we discovered this little hermit crab who was clearly ambitious if he was planning on upgrading from his current shell to the shell we found him in.

A beautiful river in Fundy National Park

We went for a hike in Fundy National Park and ended up following this river for several kilometers.  The water was so beautiful that we couldn’t help but stop for a swim.

Cape Enrage Lighthouse

It was a calm day looking across the Bay of Fundy, but with one of the biggest tide changes in the world one could imagine how on a stormy day, the name Cape Enrage would earn it’s name.


Hopewell Rocks

I made my first real attempt at HDR, and I’m pleased with how the colours on this next photo turned out: