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The Jodrey Trail and a Scene from Shadows in the Stone

January 27, 2020

Last summer, I hiked the Jodrey Trail, Blomidon Park, Nova Scotia. The entire hike provided breathtaking scenery, but there was one section that stood out above the rest for reasons others in the hiking group wouldn’t understand. While I’d never been on this trail before, I had explored it in my imagination.

Jodrey Hiking Trail Blomidon

Setting the scene

The vegetation was lush. Tall trees provided a thick canopy that trapped cool moisture and reflected the heat from the scorching temperatures of the hot July day. It also provided the perfect micro-environment for ferns and mosses to grow. Inhaling filled me with the wonderful aromas of the forest.

I stopped to snap photographs and knew this was a scene right out of my fantasy novel: Shadows in the Stone.

Jodrey Hiking Trail Blomidon

Jodrey Hiking Trail Blomidon

Jodrey Hiking Trail Blomidon

The scene involved Bronwyn Darrow and Alaura of Niamh during their search for Isla of Maura. They travelled the forest leading their pony, Clover, in the spring of the year, their Spring of Leaf. Here’s the snippet that describes the land from Bronwyn’s point of view.

Shadows in the Stone

Jodrey Hiking Trail BlomidonThey had travelled through dense forest for over an hour at Clover’s top speed. For the next thirty minutes, Alaura cooled her out, allowed the mare to amble at a slow speed to recoup her breath.

The vegetation’s moisture filled Bronwyn’s senses, and he admired the vibrant greens of the lush foliage surrounding them. The long slender trunks of the oak, maple and birch trees reached into the sky, their leaves searching for light. They created a thick canopy over the forest floor where ferns, leafy flowers, moss and fiddleheads grew. If he was passing through for another reason, he might stop and admire the beauty.

From Fantasy to Real Life

I’ve travelled many terrains and each has its unique wonder. I’ve passed through lush areas before, so it was easy to describe it for the novel. Now I have photos to reinforce my memories of such places.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 28, 2020 7:28 am

    While I’ve never hiked the Jodrey Trail, or any trail for that matter, I love the scenery in these photos. Mind you, I do spend plenty of time in the forest and love it. So inspiring, especially for writers.

    • January 29, 2020 2:12 pm

      If you ever get the chance, Laura, the Jodrey Trail is definitely worth it. We did the long route, but there are shorter routes, too. Thanks for visiting.

  2. February 17, 2020 12:51 pm

    Beautiful place! Very fantastical. I’ve been to Nova Scotia once and if I go again, I might check out this trail.

    • February 17, 2020 2:58 pm

      Thank you. I’m bias as I love Nova Scotia. This trail is definitely worth the trip to visit. I will walking it again this summer.

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