Walked Downtown Moncton To Catch The Sunrise At The Petitcodiac River

sunrise on the petitcodiac river moncton
The Sun Is About Ready To Burst Forth on Moncton

bankNot much going on in the yard and garden this early in the morning so when I looked out the bedroom window at about 5am I saw just a few clouds along the horizon so I decided to hike downtown to the Petitcodiac river to catch the sunrise.

On the way to the river I took a few photos as the sky was lighting up enough to see. I did give myself a few extra minutes of time just to take a few photos on the way to the river.

I looked at the Caisse Populaire on St. George street and the artwork looks so cool with only the street lights to light it up. Had to take a photo of that. It’s hard not to take photos so between home and the river I took 80 photographs.

Even though I took a lot of photos on the way I still managed to get there 5 or 10 minutes before the sun broke the horizon. So glad because the sky was starting to look like it was going to be too cloudy like the photo at the top.

Just a couple of minute after I was worried I wouldn’t see the sun I saw the tiniest red sliver on the horizon and I got excited again.

sunrise on the petitcodiac river

I have lived in Moncton for more than 30 years and even though it is only a half hour walk away I have never caught the sun coming up over the river. So when the sun was high enough it started hitting the muddy riverbank and turned it into gold.

sunrise on the petitcodiac

When I looked up river to see what the mud looked like that was behind me I saw the seagull tracks in the mud. Not sure why they would walk in the mud when they can fly. There must be insects and stuff in the mud that keeps them grounded.

bird tracks in the wet river bank mud

Well that was so much fun that I want to see if I can catch the sun setting from the other side of the river. I would love to get the moonrise and moonset on the Petitcodiac river as well.

Got back home just in time to start turning my yellow pear tomatoes into that sweet chutney Jenny and I love on our Sunday morning toast.

A Foggy Moncton Morning And Yellow Pear Tomatoes

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Popped a few yellow pear tomatoes from our home veggie garden in my sweater pocket and headed out into a foggy Moncton morning to get a few foggy photos.

It was foggy but the visibility at street level was pretty good. I could still see street lights and pedestrian lights at about a block away.

Looking a little above the lights and it was still quite thick fog which blocked a lot of the buildings from view.

I thought I would try to get to the river before the fog lift, again, which is about a half hour walk. I tried a week ago but the fog lifted before I had walked halfway to the river. I tried to go fast but so many things looks so cool in the fog.

Victoria Park: Same Spot The Fog Lifted Last Week

When I got to the halfway point which is Victoria park the fog was still hanging in there. I snapped a couple of pictures and kept on going towards the river. The fog was still low but getting thinner.

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Victoria Park Moncton

When I got to the Subway which only goes under the tracks as we really don’t have a subway I could not see the downtown buildings I normally see looking this way. That was a good sign that the river may still be foggy as I was only 5 minutes away now.

subway in the fog
Downtown Moncton in the Fog

The first thing I saw as the river was becoming visible was this Bald eagle on the muddy riverbank. As soon as he saw me he grabbed his breakfast and headed across the river where it was quieter.

eagle on riverbank
A Bald Eagle Enjoying Breakfast at the Petitcodiac River Moncton

eagle with a seagull dinnerI managed a couple of photos of him flying across the river. Looked pretty cool over the water gliding with a seagull in his talons.

When I first say what he was carrying I thought maybe it was an Atlantic salmon but when I zoomed in on my photo I could see it was a seagull.

This is when I wish I had a zoom lens that would take me further. Maybe for Christmas.

The fog was pretty much off the water by this time but when I looked behind me the city was still under a blanket of fog from about 20 feet up so the tops of building were mostly hidden from view.

I could see builds right in front of me but those right behind them like the Assumption building was hard to see. The Aliant or NBTel Tower was completely hidden in the fog still.

foggy assumption building

The Fog Covered Spider Webs With Dew

spiderwebThe fog quickly lifted in Moncton but I could still see the fog was over Riverview on the other side of the river so I followed the river trails to Vaughan Harvey Blvd and then straight up Vaughan Harvey to Mountain road where I live.

As I was getting closer to Vaughan Harvey I noticed spider webs were visible because of the dew the fog left on the webs. Very cool as they are normally hard to see and sometimes hard to photograph.

The River View of Riverview in the Fog

As I walked to Vaughan Harvey Blvd I was constantly looking left to Riverview as the fog was lifting so that just the top of trees were in the fog. Love seeing fog like this.

fog in riverview
Looking Across The Petitcodiac River Towards Riverview