Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
Over There by Tachy-on Over There by Tachy-on
This was taken in Cape Breton, NS, Canada while on my vacation - shot at a popular tourist spot called "Joe's Scarecrows".

desaturated and sharpened

History behind Joe and his Scarecrows
Joe Delaney always loved the Mi-Carême, in fact, you could even say he is one of the main reasons the Mi-Carême is still very much alive in the region of Chéticamp, St-Joseph-du-Moine and Margaree. Since he was a known welcomer, people made it a must to stop by his house because they knew they would get a good laugh. They loved to hear his stories, his jokes, the lively music and the snacks they would receive. His love for the Mid-Lent celebration certainly influenced Joe to build his scarecrows to resemble Mi-Carêmes.

Known worldwide, Joe's Scarecrows has been visited by travelers from every province in Canada, every state in the U.S., and some European and Asian countries. It is situated on the scenic Cabot Trail, giving visitors to Cape Breton Island easy access to this wonderful site.

Back in the mid 1980’s, Mr. Delaney had tried to make a garden on his land next to the main road. The neighbors had told him not to bother because the crows would eat all the vegetables from his garden. To outsmart these scavengers, Joe, being a huge fan of the Mi-Carême, put up two scarecrows dressed in funny costumes and masks. The very next morning there were a few cars stopped on the roadside, whose occupants were admiring the wooden life-like scarecrows who were both dressed as mi-carêmes. Among the visitors was a couple from California who suggested to Joe to forget about his garden and to spend his time building more mi-carêmes. This is the story of the birth of the scarecrow theater in St-Joseph-du-Moine.

Following the suggestions of those visitors as well as of others, Joe and his son, Chester, began making more mi-carêmes and eventually had a field full of these characters who represented all walks of life. Each of them had a story behind it, which could be clearly described by Joe. This abundance of disguised scarecrows gives visitors a small understanding about what a typical mi-carême looks like.

In February 1996, Mr. Delaney unfortunately passed away, but his son, Chester, has kept the tradition alive by fixing up the mi-carêmes year after year and also building new ones. As manager of the grounds, Joe’s daughter, Ethel, helps to keep the theater alive. Together they have kept the tradition going since the death of their father. They are very encouraged by the continued positive comments made by visitors, guaranteeing the survival of the mi-carêmes in St-Joseph-du-Moine.
Add a Comment:
 

Daily Deviation

Given 2005-11-25
Over There by =Tachy-on The great, soft tones, a nice composition and a great background story make this an amazing piece of art. ( Suggested by MyArms-YourHearse and Featured by garrit )

The Artist has requested Critique on this Artwork

Please sign up or login to post a critique.

:iconjosemelim:
JoseMelim Featured By Owner May 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
A great subject and a great picture. Wonderful light which reveals nice textures, amazing dessaturated colours. I like the framing a lot.
Reply
:iconstilllife-txa:
Stilllife-Txa Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
:D Nice shot
Reply
:iconmaalaki-cecile:
maalaki-cecile Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Professional Photographer
;)
Reply
:iconravensquill:
RavensQuill Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009  Student Writer
Such an inspiring story and a really wonderful shot/touch up! Easy to see why it received a DD
Reply
:iconchicks0r:
chicks0r Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008   Photographer
Nova Scotia is a nice place to visit. Ever been to Annapolis valley when the apple trees are in bloom ? You can smell them for miles and miles.

This is a neat shot. I like when people are creative with their designs. These are nicely made. I bet they do scare more than crows lol
Reply
:iconangelitonegro:
angelitonegro Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Simply amazing...
I was watching your gallery and tought: This should be a DD.. and it is :giggle:

Great job, :+fav: :hug:
Reply
:icondaniel-mac:
daniel-mac Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
this is amazingly clear :wow:
Reply
:icontachy-on:
Tachy-on Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
:)
Reply
:iconsakuradarkmoon:
sakuradarkmoon Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007
Awesome Shot! o.o.. You made my brother-in-law jealouse, hahaha x3! Faved! >//<
Reply
:iconsmellysox:
smellysox Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2007   Photographer
The lighting is superb! It's nice cos' it adds mystery to when the shot was taken. And you had just the right amount for depth of field as well. I like how the foreground and subjects is picked out with the focus. Good job!!
Reply
:icontachy-on:
Tachy-on Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2007
:aww: Thanks.
Reply
:iconsulejman:
Sulejman Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
:clap:

:+fav:
Reply
:iconjtotheho:
jtotheho Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2006  Student
this is really interesting, because the clothes are all colored while the grass and everything else is in black and white. when it was minimized, it seemed like 2 real people.

beautiful
Reply
:iconmyrela:
myrela Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2006   Artisan Crafter
wow! I loved it! great colours!
Reply
:icontachy-on:
Tachy-on Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2006
:) Thanks.
Reply
:iconturkish-romeo-boy:
Turkish-Romeo-BoY Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2006
awesome shot :)
Reply
:icontachy-on:
Tachy-on Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2006
Thanks. :)
Reply
:icontimelessimages:
TimelessImages Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2005
Outstanding. :)
Reply
:icontachy-on:
Tachy-on Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2005
Thanks :D
Reply
:iconmelencholia:
melencholia Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2005
i love this peace its very very neat-o, i wish i could take pictures like you...
great pic.
Reply
:icontachy-on:
Tachy-on Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2005
Thanks. :)

THere's nothing stopping you from improving your photography. ;)
Reply
:iconmelencholia:
melencholia Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2005
lol i know, im going to take afew classes and hope to learn afew things..thanks
Reply
:icontachy-on:
Tachy-on Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2005
Cool! Good for you. :)
Reply
:iconmelencholia:
melencholia Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2005
thanks..
Reply
:iconpurplesunfire01:
purplesunfire01 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2005   Digital Artist
:clap: wow that's wonderful sort of sad too=)
Reply
:icontachy-on:
Tachy-on Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2005
yeah... :)
Reply
:iconpurplesunfire01:
purplesunfire01 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2005   Digital Artist
:giggle: :hug:
Reply
:iconshiru:
shiru Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2005
look, boss! de plane! DE PLANE!
Reply
:iconflamingaura:
FlamingAura Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2005
this is gives me a kind of chill, but is so awesome. Its amazing and the story behind it too.
Reply
:icontachy-on:
Tachy-on Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2005
Thanks... yeah, it's a cool story. :)
Reply
:iconghouldaddy:
Ghouldaddy Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2005  Professional Photographer
:clap: boo to the YA!
Reply
:icontachy-on:
Tachy-on Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2005
:salute:

Thanks man. :D
Reply
:iconttaanngg:
ttaanngg Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2005   Photographer
Funny!
Reply
:iconsundreaming:
sundreaming Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2005   Photographer
totally surreal... love the desaturated tones. :thumbsup:
Reply
:icontachy-on:
Tachy-on Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2005
Thank you. :)
Reply
:iconthe-missing:
the-missing Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2005  Hobbyist Writer
Interesting pic... good job
Reply
:icontachy-on:
Tachy-on Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2005
Thanks. ;)
Reply
:iconmagical-night:
Magical-Night Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2005
Beautiful composition, colours and story! The background looks great too. They're looking at the sea forever :)
Reply
:icontachy-on:
Tachy-on Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2005
:nod:

:D
Reply
:icontitlou-soap:
titlou-soap Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2005
waaawwwwwww....that's really cute...:blowkiss: I love this picture
Reply
:icontachy-on:
Tachy-on Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2005
Thanks! :)
Reply
:iconnahajka:
nahajka Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2005
Great shot! :clap:
Reply
:icontachy-on:
Tachy-on Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2005
Thank you. :)
Reply
:iconnahajka:
nahajka Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2005
You welcome :)
Reply
:iconretsumatsuro:
RetsuMatsuro Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2005
That's amazing. I love how people work to keep old traditions alive. I'm sure he'd be proud to know that they've done so well on his legacy.
Reply
:icontachy-on:
Tachy-on Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2005
:aww: Yeah... thanks for the comment. :)
Reply
:iconlorenne:
Lorenne Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
wow gorgeous :D must check out the rest of your gallery :hug:
Reply
:icontachy-on:
Tachy-on Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2005
Thanks. :)
Reply
:iconweinenderengel:
WeinenderEngel Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2005   Photographer
Awesome shot :clap:
Reply
:icontachy-on:
Tachy-on Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2005
:hug: Thanks.
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×
  • Photo
Download JPG 850 × 572




Details

Submitted on
September 8, 2005
Image Size
271 KB
Resolution
850×572
Thumb

Stats

Views
12,091 (1 today)
Favourites
248 (who?)
Comments
123
Downloads
2,004

Camera Data

Make
NIKON CORPORATION
Model
NIKON D70
Shutter Speed
1/3200 second
Aperture
F/3.2
Focal Length
135 mm
ISO Speed
200
Date Taken
Aug 17, 2005, 1:12:07 PM
×