Early Mornings and Late Nights

We decided to stay in Lion’s Head rather than in Tobermory this year, just for a change in pace. The decision ended up being a good one since our B&B was so close to a harbour with a picturesque view of sailboats in view of the morning sunrise. We knew we had to get up early to take advantage of this.

Sunrise at Lion's Head

Sunrise at Lion’s Head

The sunrise did not disappoint and neither did the view.

After the sun rose over the marina we headed back to our B&B and dug in to a well deserved breakfast. With our bellies full we were ready to conquer a hike on the Bruce Trail.

Driftwood on the rocky shoreline.

Driftwood on the rocky shoreline.

It turned out to be a great day with clear sunny skies and a bit of breeze as we hiked along with shoreline of Georgian Bay. I made sure to get really low on the shot above to make the driftwood seem much larger than it really was. Changing your point of view can dramatically change your photo results. Give it a try next time you’re out.

Lakeside Daisy

Lakeside Daisy

As we were driving back to the B&B we noticed an area filled with Lakeside daisies, so you know we had to stop and get some photos. Again I decided to get very low for this shot. The daisies are very short at only a couple inches so shooting down on them would not have given me the photo I was looking for.

Back at the B&B we got in a short nap before dinner and then it was time to prepare for a late night shoot. My main goal for this trip was to focus on improving my skills in astrophotography. One of the things I wanted to try was a panoramic to capture the full Milky Way across Little Cove.

Milky Way at Dave's Bay

Milky Way at Dave’s Bay

It looks to me as though I may have captured some northern lights. It was a beautiful Way to end a great day on the shores of Georgian Bay.

A Ghost Town

We were still four hours from home but we wanted to stop at Depot Harbour before we pulled into our homes and got back to reality. There apparently is a ghost town located on the island.

Rose Point

Nuthatch

While driving to our destination we stopped just off the road to get a photo of the small harbours. I loved how calm it looked with its overcast skies.

After some driving around at Depot Harbour we finally found what we were looking for – an old ghost town.

Ghost Town

Ghost Town

Some history on the site: Back in 1890 John Booth created the town of Depot Harbour to move his lumber to the area now known as Algonquin Park via a railway that was taken over by CNR in 1918. In 1993 the railway was damaged by a spring ice floe and was never repaired, bringing less and less ships to Depot Harbour. In 1945, the shops stopped arriving and by 1964 the town was abandoned. You can still see remnants of the old buildings (as shown in the photo above). Depot Harbour is the largest Ontario town to become a ghost town.

Permission to view the site must be obtained from the Wasauksing First Nations Band Office.

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.