Here is the second set from my holiday landscape photos. All of these photos were taken on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. The Cabot trail is a road that winds around the upper tip of the island. It is hailed as being “one of North America’s most beautiful drives.” As you drive, you pass through Cape Breton Highlands Provincial Park, which has outstanding views of the Atlantic coast and the surrounding highlands. The landscape changes from a rocky coastline, high cliffs, to vast forests, and sweeping meadows.
The first landscape photo is of the coastline, inside Cape Breton Highlands Provincial Park. The sound of the waves crashing into the shore was incredibly loud, and I could feel the cold air rolling in off of the Atlantic water. We kept driving higher and higher up into the highlands until we got to a hiking trail. We hiked over 2.5 miles to get the view from the next 2 photos. On the way to the tip of the ridge, we passed through different landscapes. We started out in a forest with small pines and cedars, with lots of fiddlehead ferns. We then passed through vacant meadows with hardly any trees, but plenty of evidence of moose. We then emerged on the ridge to the view you see here. The view was astounding. My only regret was that we were there on a day that was a bit hazy, so the sight was limited.
The fourth photo was just taken on a pullout spot off of the road, on the way back to our lodging. The huge slabs of rock were stacked on top of each other. The sheer size of the rocks were incredible, and hard to see from this landscape photo.
The last photo as taken in the small town of Baddeck, at the base of the Cabot Trail. It was foggy, so the visibility was rather low, but the small lighthouse with it’s red paint provided great contrast to the scene.
View part 1 of my Nova Scotia Landscape Photos