Rocky Dungeon

A glorious sunrise met us this morning under not so great circumstances. Last night I somehow lost my memory card from that day’s shooting. I scoured the area a few times and was up early to look again in the sunlight before we had to run off to our next destination. Luckily for me my friends are amazing people and helped look for the card at all the nearby places we shot but to no avail.

Sunrise on the Bay

Sunrise on the Bay

That’s how things go sometimes so we packed up and headed to Bonavista, a puffin spotting area north of St. John’s. As we drove down the highway the most amazing thing happened -a female moose and her calf sauntered across the road right in font of us. Don’t worry we were far enough away to stop. But what a great opportunity for us!

Moose and Calf

Moose and Calf

The encounter was quick but one that will stay with us for a long time. Now it was time to set our sites on Bonavista and the puffins we would find there. Well, that’s what we thought at least. It seems that the majoirty of these clownish birds had already left for colder waters. Only a few pairs were left but we still had the opportunity to get some fun shots of the birds. 

Posturing

Posturing

For those looking to see puffins in Newfoundland – these birds tend to migrate on or after the Labour Day weekend. So, had we shown up a couple days earlier there would have been hundreds of these funny little guys to photograph.

Soon after settling in and grabbing our dinner at our hotel we headed off to Dungeon Provincial Park to get some sunset and blue hour shots. The park has a stunning shoreline of craggy rocks giving us a great foreground as they sky turned pink and purple.

Spillars Cove

Spillars Cove

 We stayed until the moon rose, a sliver in the sky behind us and as we walked back to the car we all agreed that we would be back here tomorrow for sunrise.

Cape Breton Island

Leaving the comfort of our hotel after breakfast we followed the coast going clockwise around the island from Auld’s Cove before ending in Ingonish. A full day on the island of exploring and photographing – what more could you ask for? 

After making a quick pitstop to visit a friend of Nigel’s we drove to Cheticamp, a small island on the north-west side of Cape Breton. Cheitcamp is small enough to drive from end to end in about 20 minutes at very slow speeds. The gravel roads and the road blocks – aka a herd of cows, were the reason for the slow speed. We stumbled across a fishing area with sheds, boats, lobster traps,etc.

Fishing Sheds

Fishing Sheds

Leaving Cheticamp we discovered a small parking area along the rocky shoreline. Everywhere you looked along this strip of beach were piles of rocks deliberately built into small cairns and even a few inukshuks.

Stacked

Stacked

The best part of the drive were the windy roads.

Cheticamp

Cheticamp

Cabot Trail

Cabot Trail

I’m in love with Cape Breton and will be back again to explore her for longer. Tomorrow however, its time to leave on the ferry for Newfoundland. My other favourite province here on the eastern shores.

Onwards to Cape Breton

With the alarm going off before the sunrise we quickly packed up and headed straight to Peggy’s Cove for one last visit. It was still full dark out when we arrived in town which gave us the opportunity to spend some quiet time in town before heading up to the lighthouse.

Early Morning at Peggy's Cove

Early Morning at Peggy’s Cove

Sunrise at the lighthouse was not spectacular – again we were denied some clouds to help make the skies more dramatic so it was time to head straight up the coast to Cape Breton.

Surfer

Surfer

We decided early on to drive along the coast rather than take the faster route inland to ensure we had some photographic opportunities.  One of our stops was at a random beach where we ended up photographing some surfers and stand up boarders catching some waves.

MacKenzie River Valley

MacKenzie River Valley

Then it was onwards to Cape Breton. I highly recommend a visit here. The views are amazing from pretty much anywhere. You need to get yourself here immediately. I’m already planning my next trip. 

Driving to Peggy’s Cove

After two solid days of driving we are finally in Nova Scotia but the driving is not done just yet. This is a road trip after all and that means we are driving to different destinations on most of the days of this 15 day trip. Today’s journey takes us from Truro down to Peggy’s Cove. With it being a more leisurely drive it was much easier to do some photography.

Lobster Trap

Lobster Trap

We stoped at small fishing villages along the way. To me these towns are what the east coast is about in my books. 

Morning Meeting

Morning Meeting

The birds on the fishing shack looked like they were in conversation with each other and I’m convinced they were. They certainly visited for awhile before moving on. Speaking of moving on, It was time to head to Peggy’s Cove to catch some late day light.

When we arrived it was busy so we wandered the town before coming up to the lighthouse. Since this is a popular place I decided to leave people in my photographs to give some perspective to the lighthouse and the shoreline.

Sunset Photos at Peggys Cove

Sunset Photos at Peggys Cove

The late day sun and cloud were great but soon disappeared. Sunset ended up with very little cloud making it not as dramatic as we had hoped.  I was still able to get some great shots but the one above is my favourite from the day.