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This shot was taken at sunset along the coast in Terre Noire on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. It was a perfect end to the day driving the Cabot Trail.

The lee side of this island in the Bras d'Or lake was calm, so the kelp and lichen were clear on the iron-tinged rock. Early morning light, Canon DSLR, Photomatix Pro, 3 exposures, warming and noise reduction in LR3.




Since this photo was made with a hand held, not tripod mounted camera, a fast shutter speed was key to prevent the 3 exposures from getting out of register. So, I ensured that the slowest shutter speed of the 3 was 1/250th of a second, and still there was a slight misalignment when the frames were combined in HDRsoft's Photomatix Pro.




The visual weight of the foreground is very important in a landscape. Here, it worked that the large rock at lower left was underwater, as it would have been too "weighty" if it were dry.


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This little coastline town was our first taste of the Cape sea. Gorgeous little town. I was playing around with the 1.4X teleconverter on the 70-200 mm to get this..

Cape Breton seascape at sunrise, White Point, Nova Scotia.



After the Fortress of Louisbourg, it was time to start heading west again. Partly because there isn't really anywhere you can go east of Louisbourg, NS - at least not without taking a ferry to Newfoundland first. One of the highlights of a trip to Cape Breton is driving the Cabot Trail. I have to admit that after our drive along the southern coast of New Brunswick, the Cabot Trail wasn't as impressive as I was expecting. That said, you do get some amazing lookouts over the coast. via 500px

On the cabot trail cape breton Nova scotia near Baddeck.

Welcome to Baddeck, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada


Baddeck - A Brief History

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It is usually suggested that the name Baddeck derives from the Mi'kmaq word 'Abadak', meaning the place near the island, though another explanation is that it derives from 'Ebedeck', meaning a river running parallel to a lake. The second explanation best describes the area at the mouth of the Baddeck River, five miles from the present village, where Jonathan Jones and other Empire Loyalists began settling from about 1787.


Captain Jones' first land grant contained over 2600 acres and he appears to have prospered. Much of his wealth passed to the love child of his eldest son and the neighbor's daughter. They underwent a shotgun marriage as the son was trying to flee the area and the prospect of marriage, but married he was, flee he did - and never returned. Big Baddeck, as the river valley is called today, still contains active farms.


By 1819 the Empire Loyalists were well established in the area and the wave of Scottish immigration was beginning. It was at this time that James Duffus built a house and established a store on the island adjacent to where Baddeck now stands and obtained a land grant of 400 acres covering much of the present-day village.


In 1833, however, Duffus went to Halifax for medical reasons - and died there. The executors for the estate sent " a gay youg captain of militia", William Kidston, to attend to the affairs. This he did, eventually marrying the widow, Mrs. Duffus and becoming the owner of the whole Duffus estate after the death of James Duffus, who was the only son of the former marriage.


Kidston prospered. He helped organize the separation of Victoria County from Cape Breton County and donated land for a court house and jail. He is remembered in the in the name of a store in the middle of Baddeck, and in the name Kidston Island, formerly known as Mutton Island, Duffus Island or Duke of Kent Island where the original store of the area had stood.


When Robert Emsley arrived in March 1840 he called it Mutton Island and described the native Mi'kmaq people camped on the island and the adjacent shore making "mast hooks, oil tanks, baskets, ox yokes, axe handles, quill boxes, pretty mocassins, bows and arrows, kites, toy canoes, staves, fish barrels, and wash tubs." Elmsley "was deeply impressed with the beauty of the island. There was a snug house, a lovely garden and well, and a thick forest of birch and maple ... Kidston was a jolly fellow, and of whom I have much to say funny."


Charles J. Campbell was in charge of the store at that time and later the same year started his own store on the mainland, opposite the island, on land leased from Kidston. A few years later, in 1884, Campbell launched his first schooner, "The Highlander", "and started making money". Much of the early prosperity of Baddeck was based on ship building. Campbell went on to be the member of parliament for the area and negotiated the building of the post office and customs office which opened in 1886 with it is said, the likeness of Campbell carved in the keystone over the main entrance. This charming stone building, now known as Grosvenor Hall, still stands in 1995, though closed to the public and in desperate need of repair.


Alexander Graham Bell, that most illustrious resident of our area, came to Baddeck at about this time, having invented the telephone a few years earlier. We can be sure he used the post office and we know that he stayed at the Telegraph House up the street before he biult his home, Beinn Breagh, across the bay. It was over the ice of the bay that the Silver Dart recorded the first airplane flight in the British Empire in February 1909 and in 1919 the H.D.4 hydrofoil set a water speed record which would stand for ten years.


It sometimes seems that Bell's activities swamp any other history of Baddeck but there are many poignant tales, joys, and tragedies,some we know, most we cannot know, which are vitally part of the story of this lovely place.

I took this photo by stepping over the fence to get the view of the fence and road ahead. However, I didn't realize there was poison ivy there (missed the sign in my enthusiasm to get the shot). Goes to show you what happens when you break the rules to get the shot!

Taken from the beach across from the Grand Falaise in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Cape Breton Highlands National Park was the highlight of our Canadian vacation: we saw half a dozen moose, white-tailed deer, red foxes, countless garter snakes, bald eagles, multiple species of hawks, peregrine falcons, hummingbirds, spruce grouse, harbor seals and big pods of pilot whales! Not to mention having hours-long hikes entirely to ourselves.


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Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

Sunrise at the entrance to Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Of particular note to me that morning was the interplay of the sunrise with the storm clouds moving in. And that rainbow.

HDR, 3 exp., CS3 and Photomatix.

Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada - September, 2016

Along the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.

The Seal Island Bridge is an arch truss bridge crossing the Great Bras d'Or channel of Bras d'Or Lake in Victoria County on Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Island.

Stuck in a summer mood.

Maybe I'll go hunting for Christmas feelings today

A rocky Cape Breton River crosses the Cabot Trail and runs into the Ocean.

Cape Breton Island is part of the province of Nova Scotia, Canada. The almost 4000 sq miles island is separated from the Nova Scotia peninsula by the Strait of Canso, but is connected to the mainland by the almost mile long rock-fill Canso Causeway.

These cliffs are near the Louisbourg Lighthouse which was originally built in 1734.

Explore: #224).

Cold autumn winds stir senses already awakened by the Cape Breton countryside.

This picture was taken with a Mamiya camera using 35mm colour print film in 1998.

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