Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada
Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

After driving 800 miles I love seeing this sign again after crossing the Canso Causeway. 

  Aspy Bay, South Harbor, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Our home away from home! Looking out on the Atlantic Ocean behind a barrier beach.

Aspy Bay, South Harbor, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Our home away from home! Looking out on the Atlantic Ocean behind a barrier beach.

Cabots Landing
Cabots Landing

The plaque tells the story. Its the barrier beach in front of the cottage.

John Cabot
John Cabot

Here is the man !

Cabots Landing beach,
Cabots Landing beach,

This is supposedly where he landed  in Aspy Bay.

  This photo is Bay St. Lawrence taken from the access road to Money Point in the early 1990's. Newfoundland is 40 miles away straight out.

This photo is Bay St. Lawrence taken from the access road to Money Point in the early 1990's. Newfoundland is 40 miles away straight out.

  Lobster season in the small fishing village of White Point. By the looks of the barn its this guy hunts moose antlers laying on the ground in the off season.

Lobster season in the small fishing village of White Point. By the looks of the barn its this guy hunts moose antlers laying on the ground in the off season.

  Early morning on the beach……it reminds me of the last scene in Planet Of The Apes !

Early morning on the beach……it reminds me of the last scene in Planet Of The Apes !

  Sunrise from the cottage. I find myself getting up at 3:45 AM Maritimes time to take these photos in early June.

Sunrise from the cottage. I find myself getting up at 3:45 AM Maritimes time to take these photos in early June.

Dingwall, Cape Breton
Dingwall, Cape Breton

I took this photo in the early 90's and converted it from a slide.

 T he Atlantic coast just south of Money Point. You can see Money Point in the fog under the rainbow.

The Atlantic coast just south of Money Point. You can see Money Point in the fog under the rainbow.

  Neil's Harbor, Cape Breton

Neil's Harbor, Cape Breton

  The Englishtown Ferry. Its a small ferry that runs on a huge cable. It saves you 30 minutes off your trip.

The Englishtown Ferry. Its a small ferry that runs on a huge cable. It saves you 30 minutes off your trip.

  Fiddle lessons anyone?  This is the Sydney Cruise Pavilion where the large cruise ships dock.

Fiddle lessons anyone?  This is the Sydney Cruise Pavilion where the large cruise ships dock.

Meat Cove
Meat Cove

Drive the 6 mile dirt road out to Meat Cove !  It got its name because whales used to brought into the cove by boat and cut up for various whale products during the whaling years.

  Looks like another early morning and another sunrise photo.

Looks like another early morning and another sunrise photo.

  This is the Cabot Trail on the St. Lawrence Seaway side of the island.  This is the most photographed portion of the road along this coast.    

This is the Cabot Trail on the St. Lawrence Seaway side of the island.  This is the most photographed portion of the road along this coast.

 

Entering the Park on the west side of the island.
Entering the Park on the west side of the island.
At least they can read and know where to cross the road!
At least they can read and know where to cross the road!
Pilot whales are very common around Cape Breton throughout the summer and fall.
Pilot whales are very common around Cape Breton throughout the summer and fall.
Good morning Cape Breton !    Sunrise June 21, 2016 South Harbor, Cape Breton Nova Scotia.  View from the cottage.
Good morning Cape Breton ! Sunrise June 21, 2016 South Harbor, Cape Breton Nova Scotia. View from the cottage.
We were out on a sailboat and these guys came up to say hello !  Pilot whales are also called blackfish or potheads by the local fishermen.
We were out on a sailboat and these guys came up to say hello ! Pilot whales are also called blackfish or potheads by the local fishermen.
  The road to Red River can be seen along the shore.  It goes through Pleasant Bay and into the wilderness. trust me !  Ive been there...

The road to Red River can be seen along the shore.  It goes through Pleasant Bay and into the wilderness. trust me !  Ive been there...

  Here are 7 grey seals lounging about on the shore of Bird Island off the coast of Cape Breton Males can grow to be almost 8 feet long and weight 680 pounds.  6/15/16

Here are 7 grey seals lounging about on the shore of Bird Island off the coast of Cape Breton Males can grow to be almost 8 feet long and weight 680 pounds.  6/15/16

  Did you know Cape Breton has the most rainbows of anywhere on earth?  

Did you know Cape Breton has the most rainbows of anywhere on earth?  

  A grey seal gives us the seal of approval out at Bird Islands Seabird Sanctuary 7 miles out into the Atlantic Ocean off of Cape Breton.  6/18/16

A grey seal gives us the seal of approval out at Bird Islands Seabird Sanctuary 7 miles out into the Atlantic Ocean off of Cape Breton.  6/18/16

  The Orangedale Railroad station. 

The Orangedale Railroad station. 

  Good morning Cape Breton !   Finally after a week I see the horizon in front of the cottage.  No fog today!    6/18/16

Good morning Cape Breton !   Finally after a week I see the horizon in front of the cottage.  No fog today!    6/18/16

  The Skyline trail is named correctly. 

The Skyline trail is named correctly. 

  A group of puffins bob in the water off of Cape Breton near Bird Islands.  These little guys spend all year out to sea and only come to land to nest.  This is one of their nesting islands.  6/16/16

A group of puffins bob in the water off of Cape Breton near Bird Islands.  These little guys spend all year out to sea and only come to land to nest.  This is one of their nesting islands.  6/16/16

  A snow shoe hare was hopping down the road to Paquette Lake on Cape Breton Wednesday night (6/22/16).  He turned around and came right up to the car....  notice the huge feet on this hare... still some white fur around the edges.  

A snow shoe hare was hopping down the road to Paquette Lake on Cape Breton Wednesday night (6/22/16).  He turned around and came right up to the car....  notice the huge feet on this hare... still some white fur around the edges.  

The Skyline Trail
The Skyline Trail

"Halt, who goes there?" Some moose just stand and look while you stroll by on the Skyline trail.. 

  Here's a group of puffins hanging out on their front porches in front of their nesting burrows.  They are discussing the Red Sox's chances and who will be the nest president.  I overheard one of them say he was glad they live way out to sea for 10 months a year!  

Here's a group of puffins hanging out on their front porches in front of their nesting burrows.  They are discussing the Red Sox's chances and who will be the nest president.  I overheard one of them say he was glad they live way out to sea for 10 months a year!  

  A snowshoe hare jets off to get away from me on the Skyline Trail. These guys have huge feet and I saw a great photo op by walking up behind them.

A snowshoe hare jets off to get away from me on the Skyline Trail. These guys have huge feet and I saw a great photo op by walking up behind them.

The Skyline Trail.  Its a 2 mile hike out to the end.
The Skyline Trail. Its a 2 mile hike out to the end.
  These flowers are all over the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.....6/15/16

These flowers are all over the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.....6/15/16

  Snow the first week of October.

Snow the first week of October.

   Piping plovers are endangered in Nova Scotia as they are in MA. The beaches where they nest are all posted. This morning I found this one wandering up and down looking for breakfast a far shot from where the posted areas were on South Harbor Beach on Cape Breton. 6/14/16

Piping plovers are endangered in Nova Scotia as they are in MA. The beaches where they nest are all posted. This morning I found this one wandering up and down looking for breakfast a far shot from where the posted areas were on South Harbor Beach on Cape Breton. 6/14/16

  Arggh ! another sunrise 

Arggh ! another sunrise 

Obviously not the Quabbin !
Obviously not the Quabbin !

Taken from Blackomb Mountain, British Columbia, Canada 2004.  Some friends and I used to go skiing each year in the Canadian Rockies at a different place each year.  This was taken from Backcomb Mountain and converted from a slide...what an awesome place the Canadian Rockies are.  Im not sure what mountain range that is on the horizon.

  Some times the sunrises up there have to be seen to be believed.

Some times the sunrises up there have to be seen to be believed.

  Heavy rains last night on Cape Breton really gave us some wild water today !  Mary Ann Falls, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia, Atlantic Canada.  6/13/16

Heavy rains last night on Cape Breton really gave us some wild water today !  Mary Ann Falls, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia, Atlantic Canada.  6/13/16

 Looking off into the wilderness of the Cape Breton Highlands after an early snowstorm.

Looking off into the wilderness of the Cape Breton Highlands after an early snowstorm.

  The mighty North Atlantic was pretty wild today after the heavy rain storm last night on Cale Breton.  6/13/16

The mighty North Atlantic was pretty wild today after the heavy rain storm last night on Cale Breton.  6/13/16

  A fishing boat heads into White Point Harbor.

A fishing boat heads into White Point Harbor.

  A storm is coming across Aspy Bay…...

A storm is coming across Aspy Bay…...

   I saw this red fox walking casually down a dirt road this afternoon as I was cruising the back roads of north Cape Breton. It watched the car and when I opened the door it made for the woods....  6/12/16     

I saw this red fox walking casually down a dirt road this afternoon as I was cruising the back roads of north Cape Breton. It watched the car and when I opened the door it made for the woods....  6/12/16

 

  Neils Harbor.  Storms generate tremendous waves right on the North Atlantic coast.

Neils Harbor.  Storms generate tremendous waves right on the North Atlantic coast.

  White Point, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.  This raven got a little to close to a nesting gull colony this morning.  6/12/16    

White Point, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.  This raven got a little to close to a nesting gull colony this morning.  6/12/16

 

  North Harbor, Aspy Bay

North Harbor, Aspy Bay

Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada
Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada

First day here !  Looking north from the top of MacKensie Mountain towards the northern tip of the island  6/11/16

  The entrance to the Bay St. Lawrence cove. The waves get to be HUGE sometimes up there.

The entrance to the Bay St. Lawrence cove. The waves get to be HUGE sometimes up there.

  This is how then Canadians wash their cars aye?

This is how then Canadians wash their cars aye?

  Bay St. Lawrence on a beautiful June Day…… This is on the west side of Money point looking east.

Bay St. Lawrence on a beautiful June Day…… This is on the west side of Money point looking east.

Bear Mountain in Pleasant Bay
Bear Mountain in Pleasant Bay

This was taken from a boat.  I have actually seen black bears up there so its appropriately named.

Snow on North Mountain
Snow on North Mountain

Photo courtesy of my friends Jean and Lawrence Walsh of South Harbor.

Hanging Valley
Hanging Valley

This is called a "hanging valley" by the geologists. As you can see fall is a great time to be on Cape Breton.

The view from Broad Cove Mountain
The view from Broad Cove Mountain

Cape Smokey in the distance and it looks like I need to clean the lens but its black flies buzzing thick as fog !!  They were so bad I could only stay there 15 minutes.

Dingwall Harbor, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia  6/7/15
Dingwall Harbor, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia 6/7/15
Ring necked ducks
Ring necked ducks

I found this pair of ring necked duck on Paquette Lake early this morning in the Cape breton Highlands National Park. The male sure has his eyes on me!   6/7/15

northern gannets
northern gannets

These are great birds that dive from great elevations beak first to spear fish. They are on the ocean all the time except when nesting.  Aspy Bay, Cape Breton.  6/7/15

Nova Scotia soaking wet eagle
Nova Scotia soaking wet eagle

I saw this bald eagle sitting on top of this huge pile of rocks right on the oceans edge on my way to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia yesterday and had to drive back and take his photo. 6/6/15

Sunrise, Aspy Bay, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.  6/8/15
Sunrise, Aspy Bay, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. 6/8/15

Sunrise over South Harbor, Cape Breton Island.  6/10/15

Black Brook
Black Brook

Black Brook.  Cape Breton Highlands National Park.  Nova Scotia.  6/10/15

lobsters anyone
lobsters anyone

Lobster season is in full swing on Cape Breton.  If you like lobster you would be in heaven here.!  6/9/15

2 AM shot (in the dark)
2 AM shot (in the dark)

I took this time exposure shot from the front porch of the cottage at 2 AM in the morning.  ISO at 6400 and shutter speed at 15 seconds.  6/8/15

Night shot Cape Breton
Night shot Cape Breton

Here is another night shot from the front porch of the cottage on South Harbor on Cape Breton, Nova Scotia,  6/8/15,  2AM

Sunrise, Aspy Bay, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.  6/8/15
Sunrise, Aspy Bay, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. 6/8/15
Pleasant Bay,  Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada
Pleasant Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada

This is the fishing village of Pleasant Bay with the lobster season in full swing.  6/8/15

Aspy Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia 6/7/15
Aspy Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia 6/7/15

 

 

 

Minke whale
Minke whale

This whale was cruising the shores of White Point this morning.  I heard him blow out his blowhole and thats how I found him.  White Point, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.  6/10/15

Northern gannet
Northern gannet

Its very hard to get these birds near land as they spend most of their time at sea. This one flew right over me as I sat on a cliff at White Point,  Cape Breton,  Island, Nova Scotia,  6/9/15

Bombs away for lunch !
Bombs away for lunch !

A herring gull drops a clam from 100 feet up to crack it open on rocks !  6/9/15

Black guillemots
Black guillemots

A pair of black guillemots get a visitor ... White Point,  6/9/15

Yellow rumped warbler
Yellow rumped warbler

Lots of these birds on the Skyline Trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia today.  6/8/15

Snowshoe hare
Snowshoe hare

A snowshoe hare with just about all his white fur gone for the summer.  He really was enjoying the spring grass.  Skyline Trail.  CB Highlands National Park.  Nova Scotia.  6/8/15

Snow in June !
Snow in June !

I had to post this !  there is still big patches of snow on Cape Breton in June.  Ive never seen snow on the ground in June !!  6/11/15 

Benji's Lake
Benji's Lake

This is the trail to Benji's Lake in Cape Breton Highlands Park.  Ive seen many moose over the years on this trail !  6/11/15

Bird Island, Saint Ann's Bay
Bird Island, Saint Ann's Bay

This is the southern of the two islands that make up a large pelagic nesting sanctuary that is accessible only by boat.  Its a fascinating place !   6/15/15

Atlantic puffin
Atlantic puffin

Found in a large nesting colony on the Bird Islands north coast of Cape Breton Island accessed only by boat.   6/12/15

Puffins
Puffins

Here is a few of them looking at us from their front porch !  Saint Ann's Bay, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.   6/15/15

raven
raven

I found this raven playing with a lobster claw !!  6/14/15

White Point
White Point

White Point is that white point in the far distance :)   6/14/15

common eider ducks
common eider ducks

A small flock of these guys bobbing in heavy seas.  6/14/15

Nova Scotia coast
Nova Scotia coast

The rugged coast of Cape Breton,  6/14/15

another eagle scores !
another eagle scores !

Here's a lucky eagle scoring big time with a fish thrown from the boat !  6/12/15

razor billed auk
razor billed auk

A seabird found on Bird Islands off of the coast of northern Cape Breton. There is a large nesting colony accessed only by boat.  6/12/15

female grey seal
female grey seal

A female grey seal is hauled up on the rocks on Bird Island off the coast of Cape Breton working on her tan !  6/12/15

male grey seals
male grey seals

A large group of male grey seals all hauled up on Bird Island off of Cape Breton Island.  They are all talking about the Red Sox this season I'll bet !   6/12/15

Spruce grouse
Spruce grouse

Here is a cousin to the ruffed grouse that is rare except in northern New England for us.  This bird was in a spruce tree next to me while I was photographing the moose !!   6/11/15

Cormorants riding out the waves
Cormorants riding out the waves

Notice the band of brave cormorants on top of this rock with the waves as high as they are.  They have a close up view in about a 40 to 50 mph wind.  West side of Cape Breton Island. 10/10/15

No whale watches out today !
No whale watches out today !

Monster waves on the west side of Cape Breton.  You could get seasick just watching them.......  10/10/15

The Atlantic coast just south of Neil's Harbor. A storm goes out to sea...
The Atlantic coast just south of Neil's Harbor. A storm goes out to sea...
11 PM  October 12, 2015
11 PM October 12, 2015

This is from the same location as the last photo only taken at 11 PM last night.  You can see the cell towers on the Aspy Faultline and Money Point in the distance. 

The Milky Way from the Aspy Bay, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, 10:45PM... 10/15/15
The Milky Way from the Aspy Bay, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, 10:45PM... 10/15/15
Mary Ann Brook
Mary Ann Brook

Here is Mary Ann Brook just before it flows over Mary Ann Falls in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.  10/16/15

Mary Ann Falls
Mary Ann Falls
  Leaving Mary Ann Falls

Leaving Mary Ann Falls

Neil"s Harbour, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, 10/16/15
Neil"s Harbour, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, 10/16/15
  This is Money Point looking at it's west side just above Bay St. Lawrence.  10/16/15

This is Money Point looking at it's west side just above Bay St. Lawrence.  10/16/15

Bay St. Lawrence, Cape Breton  10/15/15
Bay St. Lawrence, Cape Breton 10/15/15
One of the many peaks on the Island.
One of the many peaks on the Island.

They don't call them "The Highlands" for nothing !  Meat Cove. 10/15/15

Mica Hill
Mica Hill

Today I hiked 2.5 miles up to Mica Hill.  This is a new trail in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park and the views were spectacular. It puts you right up top of the taiga region of the Park and you can see for miles all around. This photo was taken after the first half mile. 10/13/15

Close to the end of the trail.
Close to the end of the trail.

This is farther along the Mica Hill trail and close to the top.  Money Point can be seen way off in the distance.  10/13/15

The end !
The end !

Mica Lake. After a two hour hike I was at the top.  Mica Lake can be seen.  This is prime moose country and in the heart of the Highlands National Park.  Sadly I saw no moose today!  10 13/15

Morning, 6AM October 13, 2015
Morning, 6AM October 13, 2015

A real nice morning here off the front porch.  

Cape Breton Highlands National Park"s northern section looking east into the park.  10/14/15
Cape Breton Highlands National Park"s northern section looking east into the park. 10/14/15
Taken from the same spot as the last photo.
Taken from the same spot as the last photo.

Looking north up towards Pleasant Bay an into Red River along the St. Lawrence Seaway on the west side of Cape Breton.  10/14/15

Heading up North Mountain in the early sun.  10/14/15
Heading up North Mountain in the early sun. 10/14/15
The Sunrise Valley, Cape Breton
The Sunrise Valley, Cape Breton

Early morning fog sits in the valley looking out towards the Atlantic Ocean ovwe the Aspy Bay and the fishing village of Dingwall.  10/20/15

  An iPhone pano shot looking down on the Saint Ann's Bay on Cape Breton.  10/17/15

An iPhone pano shot looking down on the Saint Ann's Bay on Cape Breton.  10/17/15

Irish Cove Lookout
Irish Cove Lookout

Heres an early morning photo of the Bras d'Or lookout on the east side of the inland lake in the middle of Cape Breton. 10/18/15

Northern gannet
Northern gannet

A fly by from a northern gannet as there was a large number of them feeding on fish fairly close to shore.  They dive head first into the water after the fish  (see next photo)  Cape Breton, 10/11/15

In we go !
In we go !

Here is a northern gannet diving at a break neck speed after a fish.  10/11/15

Male spruce grouse
Male spruce grouse

Here is a cousin of the ruffed grouse.  These birds are found in the taiga and spruce regions of Cape Breton. I did a 5 mile hike today up to the barrens and saw 4 males.  This was the second one.  10/13/15

Spruce grouse number three
Spruce grouse number three

This is the third male spruce grouse I ran across this morning.  They are very tame and you can get quite close to them. A lot closer than you can come to the ruffed grouse!  10/13/15

Northern gannet
Northern gannet

These seabirds dive at 60 miles per hour sometimes from 30 stories up head first after fish sometimes breaking their necks !  10/16/15

Gannets love to soar on the high winds......
Gannets love to soar on the high winds......
Gray seals
Gray seals

Gray seals have taken up their winter residence along the coast of Cape Breton.  These 3 guys were part of about 20 or so just hanging about the rocks feeding on White Point, Cape Breton.

  I saw this eider duck in Ingonish Harbor this afternoon.  She had seven ducklings with her and she had them in the surf along the shore.  Cute little buggers!  6/13/17

I saw this eider duck in Ingonish Harbor this afternoon.  She had seven ducklings with her and she had them in the surf along the shore.  Cute little buggers!  6/13/17

  The tail end of Hurricane Matthew made for some hair raising weather on Cape Breton.  This was right after it left for Newfoundland.

The tail end of Hurricane Matthew made for some hair raising weather on Cape Breton.  This was right after it left for Newfoundland.

  The power of the North Atlantic can really be seen in Black Brook Cove on Cape Breton.  This was the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

The power of the North Atlantic can really be seen in Black Brook Cove on Cape Breton.  This was the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

  Meat Cove, the northern most village on Cape Breton.  Today was a fabulous day to be out and about on the Island.  

Meat Cove, the northern most village on Cape Breton.  Today was a fabulous day to be out and about on the Island.  

  Sunset from Cheticamp Island on the west side of Cape Breton over the St Lawrence Seaway.

Sunset from Cheticamp Island on the west side of Cape Breton over the St Lawrence Seaway.

  This mink lives in the breakwater wall in front of the cottage.  We see it every year when we are here.  This year it got pretty curious !  

This mink lives in the breakwater wall in front of the cottage.  We see it every year when we are here.  This year it got pretty curious !  

  A small pod breaks from the larger 40 or so short beaked common dolphins while feeding on the small bill fish that the tuna fish have chased into the end of the Canso Causeway on Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada.  10/8/17

A small pod breaks from the larger 40 or so short beaked common dolphins while feeding on the small bill fish that the tuna fish have chased into the end of the Canso Causeway on Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada.  10/8/17

  An adult northern gannet hovers over a  school of fish with about 5,000 other gannets !   Cape Breton Island,  Canso Causeway, Nova Scotia, Canada.  10/7/16

An adult northern gannet hovers over a  school of fish with about 5,000 other gannets !   Cape Breton Island,  Canso Causeway, Nova Scotia, Canada.  10/7/16

  Point Wolfe River flowing into the Bay of Fundy,  Alma, New Brunswick, Canada.  10/5/15

Point Wolfe River flowing into the Bay of Fundy,  Alma, New Brunswick, Canada.  10/5/15

Northern Gannets off of White Point, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

Heres a video I took last week on Cape Breton of northern gannets diving for fish.  The next day these thousands and thousands of gannets were gone.  I was lucky to see this just before they migrated south.  

  Northern gannets diving for fish off the east coast of cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.  6/3/17

Northern gannets diving for fish off the east coast of cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.  6/3/17

  This sunrise suddenly was gone and it was dark and in the 40's today with heavy winds here on Cape Breton !  6/14/17

This sunrise suddenly was gone and it was dark and in the 40's today with heavy winds here on Cape Breton !  6/14/17

  I've been having fun with all the snowshoe hares on the island. They still have some white fur left from their winter coat. This one let me get almost up to it before it exploded with those huge feet !!  and check out the ears !!  6/13/17

I've been having fun with all the snowshoe hares on the island. They still have some white fur left from their winter coat. This one let me get almost up to it before it exploded with those huge feet !!  and check out the ears !!  6/13/17

  As i was getting ready to head out for a hike along the Atlantic shore this thunderstorm appeared right before my eyes!  Needless to say I waited until it was over and over the ocean !  6/13/17

As i was getting ready to head out for a hike along the Atlantic shore this thunderstorm appeared right before my eyes!  Needless to say I waited until it was over and over the ocean !  6/13/17

  Good morning Cape Breton !   6/13/17

Good morning Cape Breton !   6/13/17

  Sunrise Valley, Cape Breton looking out over Aspy Bay this morning....put on your sunglasses !!  6/12/17

Sunrise Valley, Cape Breton looking out over Aspy Bay this morning....put on your sunglasses !!  6/12/17

  Sunrise, 6/11/17, South Harbor, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia......

Sunrise, 6/11/17, South Harbor, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia......

  Two greater black-backed gulls were buzzing around in tandem this morning out on White Point.  6/11/17

Two greater black-backed gulls were buzzing around in tandem this morning out on White Point.  6/11/17

  Northern gannets hit the water head first going 60 mph while diving for fish.  They fly as fast as peregrine falcons at times.  This was another White point visitor this morning.  6/11/17       

Northern gannets hit the water head first going 60 mph while diving for fish.  They fly as fast as peregrine falcons at times.  This was another White point visitor this morning.  6/11/17

 

 

  Quite a surprise to see ten herons along the coast loafing in a seabird nesting colony.  Here are 5 of the 10 this morning sitting along the rocks of White Point.  6/11/17

Quite a surprise to see ten herons along the coast loafing in a seabird nesting colony.  Here are 5 of the 10 this morning sitting along the rocks of White Point.  6/11/17

  The small fishing village of Ingonish,  on the east shore of Cape Breton right on the Atlantic Ocean. A beaut of a day today after a rain storm last night.  6/10/17

The small fishing village of Ingonish,  on the east shore of Cape Breton right on the Atlantic Ocean. A beaut of a day today after a rain storm last night.  6/10/17

  I found this young raven hiding in the grass on top of a huge drop off over the ocean this morning.  he was just watching the world go by !  He finally took off behind him and glided down to the rocks below.  7/10/17

I found this young raven hiding in the grass on top of a huge drop off over the ocean this morning.  he was just watching the world go by !  He finally took off behind him and glided down to the rocks below.  7/10/17

  Heres an adult raven screaming "I am king of the world" in the same location as the previous raven photo.  I love Cape Breton ravens !  (sounds like a sports promo)  7/10/17

Heres an adult raven screaming "I am king of the world" in the same location as the previous raven photo.  I love Cape Breton ravens !  (sounds like a sports promo)  7/10/17

  Sunrise 6/8/17  South Harbor, Cape Breton, NS Canada  

Sunrise 6/8/17  South Harbor, Cape Breton, NS Canada  

  An adult bald eagle soars over St. Ann's Bay, Cape Breton.  6/8/17

An adult bald eagle soars over St. Ann's Bay, Cape Breton.  6/8/17

  Puffin day for me !  Bird Island tour out of St. Ann's Bay to Bird Islands in the Cabot Strait. Many nesting puffins and other sea birds, including great blue herons !!  6/8/17

Puffin day for me !  Bird Island tour out of St. Ann's Bay to Bird Islands in the Cabot Strait. Many nesting puffins and other sea birds, including great blue herons !!  6/8/17

  Three puffins lolly-gagging about the Bird Islands.  6/8/17

Three puffins lolly-gagging about the Bird Islands.  6/8/17

  Cape Smokey,, Northern cape Breton Island has its own weather system being right on the northern Atlantic Ocean.......7/6/17

Cape Smokey,, Northern cape Breton Island has its own weather system being right on the northern Atlantic Ocean.......7/6/17

  Sunrise from the porch.  6/6/17.  South Harbor, Cape Breton, NS, Canada   

Sunrise from the porch.  6/6/17.  South Harbor, Cape Breton, NS, Canada   

  Lobster season on Cape Breton..... St. Paul's Island in the distance. Taken from Neil's Harbor looking dead north up the east side of the island.  6/6/17

Lobster season on Cape Breton..... St. Paul's Island in the distance. Taken from Neil's Harbor looking dead north up the east side of the island.  6/6/17

  I was taking gannet pictures 200 yards off the rocks as they fed on small fish. This giant humpback whale made his presence known to me by popping to the surface and blowing air out his blow hole !  What a great surprise so close to me....  6/6/17  (better than a bear Jim !! )

I was taking gannet pictures 200 yards off the rocks as they fed on small fish. This giant humpback whale made his presence known to me by popping to the surface and blowing air out his blow hole !  What a great surprise so close to me....  6/6/17  (better than a bear Jim !! )

Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada
  Aspy Bay, South Harbor, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Our home away from home! Looking out on the Atlantic Ocean behind a barrier beach.
Cabots Landing
John Cabot
Cabots Landing beach,
  This photo is Bay St. Lawrence taken from the access road to Money Point in the early 1990's. Newfoundland is 40 miles away straight out.
  Lobster season in the small fishing village of White Point. By the looks of the barn its this guy hunts moose antlers laying on the ground in the off season.
  Early morning on the beach……it reminds me of the last scene in Planet Of The Apes !
  Sunrise from the cottage. I find myself getting up at 3:45 AM Maritimes time to take these photos in early June.
Dingwall, Cape Breton
 T he Atlantic coast just south of Money Point. You can see Money Point in the fog under the rainbow.
  Neil's Harbor, Cape Breton
  The Englishtown Ferry. Its a small ferry that runs on a huge cable. It saves you 30 minutes off your trip.
  Fiddle lessons anyone?  This is the Sydney Cruise Pavilion where the large cruise ships dock.
Meat Cove
  Looks like another early morning and another sunrise photo.
  This is the Cabot Trail on the St. Lawrence Seaway side of the island.  This is the most photographed portion of the road along this coast.    
Entering the Park on the west side of the island.
At least they can read and know where to cross the road!
Pilot whales are very common around Cape Breton throughout the summer and fall.
Good morning Cape Breton !    Sunrise June 21, 2016 South Harbor, Cape Breton Nova Scotia.  View from the cottage.
We were out on a sailboat and these guys came up to say hello !  Pilot whales are also called blackfish or potheads by the local fishermen.
  The road to Red River can be seen along the shore.  It goes through Pleasant Bay and into the wilderness. trust me !  Ive been there...
  Here are 7 grey seals lounging about on the shore of Bird Island off the coast of Cape Breton Males can grow to be almost 8 feet long and weight 680 pounds.  6/15/16
  Did you know Cape Breton has the most rainbows of anywhere on earth?  
  A grey seal gives us the seal of approval out at Bird Islands Seabird Sanctuary 7 miles out into the Atlantic Ocean off of Cape Breton.  6/18/16
  The Orangedale Railroad station. 
  Good morning Cape Breton !   Finally after a week I see the horizon in front of the cottage.  No fog today!    6/18/16
  The Skyline trail is named correctly. 
  A group of puffins bob in the water off of Cape Breton near Bird Islands.  These little guys spend all year out to sea and only come to land to nest.  This is one of their nesting islands.  6/16/16
  A snow shoe hare was hopping down the road to Paquette Lake on Cape Breton Wednesday night (6/22/16).  He turned around and came right up to the car....  notice the huge feet on this hare... still some white fur around the edges.  
The Skyline Trail
  Here's a group of puffins hanging out on their front porches in front of their nesting burrows.  They are discussing the Red Sox's chances and who will be the nest president.  I overheard one of them say he was glad they live way out to sea for 10 months a year!  
  A snowshoe hare jets off to get away from me on the Skyline Trail. These guys have huge feet and I saw a great photo op by walking up behind them.
The Skyline Trail.  Its a 2 mile hike out to the end.
  These flowers are all over the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.....6/15/16
  Snow the first week of October.
   Piping plovers are endangered in Nova Scotia as they are in MA. The beaches where they nest are all posted. This morning I found this one wandering up and down looking for breakfast a far shot from where the posted areas were on South Harbor Beach on Cape Breton. 6/14/16
  Arggh ! another sunrise 
Obviously not the Quabbin !
  Some times the sunrises up there have to be seen to be believed.
  Heavy rains last night on Cape Breton really gave us some wild water today !  Mary Ann Falls, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia, Atlantic Canada.  6/13/16
 Looking off into the wilderness of the Cape Breton Highlands after an early snowstorm.
  The mighty North Atlantic was pretty wild today after the heavy rain storm last night on Cale Breton.  6/13/16
  A fishing boat heads into White Point Harbor.
  A storm is coming across Aspy Bay…...
   I saw this red fox walking casually down a dirt road this afternoon as I was cruising the back roads of north Cape Breton. It watched the car and when I opened the door it made for the woods....  6/12/16     
  Neils Harbor.  Storms generate tremendous waves right on the North Atlantic coast.
  White Point, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.  This raven got a little to close to a nesting gull colony this morning.  6/12/16    
  North Harbor, Aspy Bay
Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada
  The entrance to the Bay St. Lawrence cove. The waves get to be HUGE sometimes up there.
  This is how then Canadians wash their cars aye?
  Bay St. Lawrence on a beautiful June Day…… This is on the west side of Money point looking east.
Bear Mountain in Pleasant Bay
Snow on North Mountain
Hanging Valley
The view from Broad Cove Mountain
Dingwall Harbor, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia  6/7/15
Ring necked ducks
northern gannets
Nova Scotia soaking wet eagle
Sunrise, Aspy Bay, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.  6/8/15
Black Brook
lobsters anyone
2 AM shot (in the dark)
Night shot Cape Breton
Sunrise, Aspy Bay, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.  6/8/15
Pleasant Bay,  Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada
Aspy Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia 6/7/15
Minke whale
Northern gannet
Bombs away for lunch !
Black guillemots
Yellow rumped warbler
Snowshoe hare
Snow in June !
Benji's Lake
Bird Island, Saint Ann's Bay
Atlantic puffin
Puffins
raven
White Point
common eider ducks
Nova Scotia coast
another eagle scores !
razor billed auk
female grey seal
male grey seals
Spruce grouse
Cormorants riding out the waves
No whale watches out today !
The Atlantic coast just south of Neil's Harbor. A storm goes out to sea...
11 PM  October 12, 2015
The Milky Way from the Aspy Bay, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, 10:45PM... 10/15/15
Mary Ann Brook
Mary Ann Falls
  Leaving Mary Ann Falls
Neil"s Harbour, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, 10/16/15
  This is Money Point looking at it's west side just above Bay St. Lawrence.  10/16/15
Bay St. Lawrence, Cape Breton  10/15/15
One of the many peaks on the Island.
Mica Hill
Close to the end of the trail.
The end !
Morning, 6AM October 13, 2015
Cape Breton Highlands National Park"s northern section looking east into the park.  10/14/15
Taken from the same spot as the last photo.
Heading up North Mountain in the early sun.  10/14/15
The Sunrise Valley, Cape Breton
  An iPhone pano shot looking down on the Saint Ann's Bay on Cape Breton.  10/17/15
Irish Cove Lookout
Northern gannet
In we go !
Male spruce grouse
Spruce grouse number three
Northern gannet
Gannets love to soar on the high winds......
Gray seals
  I saw this eider duck in Ingonish Harbor this afternoon.  She had seven ducklings with her and she had them in the surf along the shore.  Cute little buggers!  6/13/17
  The tail end of Hurricane Matthew made for some hair raising weather on Cape Breton.  This was right after it left for Newfoundland.
  The power of the North Atlantic can really be seen in Black Brook Cove on Cape Breton.  This was the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.
  Meat Cove, the northern most village on Cape Breton.  Today was a fabulous day to be out and about on the Island.  
  Sunset from Cheticamp Island on the west side of Cape Breton over the St Lawrence Seaway.
  This mink lives in the breakwater wall in front of the cottage.  We see it every year when we are here.  This year it got pretty curious !  
  A small pod breaks from the larger 40 or so short beaked common dolphins while feeding on the small bill fish that the tuna fish have chased into the end of the Canso Causeway on Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada.  10/8/17
  An adult northern gannet hovers over a  school of fish with about 5,000 other gannets !   Cape Breton Island,  Canso Causeway, Nova Scotia, Canada.  10/7/16
  Point Wolfe River flowing into the Bay of Fundy,  Alma, New Brunswick, Canada.  10/5/15
Northern Gannets off of White Point, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
  Northern gannets diving for fish off the east coast of cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.  6/3/17
  This sunrise suddenly was gone and it was dark and in the 40's today with heavy winds here on Cape Breton !  6/14/17
  I've been having fun with all the snowshoe hares on the island. They still have some white fur left from their winter coat. This one let me get almost up to it before it exploded with those huge feet !!  and check out the ears !!  6/13/17
  As i was getting ready to head out for a hike along the Atlantic shore this thunderstorm appeared right before my eyes!  Needless to say I waited until it was over and over the ocean !  6/13/17
  Good morning Cape Breton !   6/13/17
  Sunrise Valley, Cape Breton looking out over Aspy Bay this morning....put on your sunglasses !!  6/12/17
  Sunrise, 6/11/17, South Harbor, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia......
  Two greater black-backed gulls were buzzing around in tandem this morning out on White Point.  6/11/17
  Northern gannets hit the water head first going 60 mph while diving for fish.  They fly as fast as peregrine falcons at times.  This was another White point visitor this morning.  6/11/17       
  Quite a surprise to see ten herons along the coast loafing in a seabird nesting colony.  Here are 5 of the 10 this morning sitting along the rocks of White Point.  6/11/17
  The small fishing village of Ingonish,  on the east shore of Cape Breton right on the Atlantic Ocean. A beaut of a day today after a rain storm last night.  6/10/17
  I found this young raven hiding in the grass on top of a huge drop off over the ocean this morning.  he was just watching the world go by !  He finally took off behind him and glided down to the rocks below.  7/10/17
  Heres an adult raven screaming "I am king of the world" in the same location as the previous raven photo.  I love Cape Breton ravens !  (sounds like a sports promo)  7/10/17
  Sunrise 6/8/17  South Harbor, Cape Breton, NS Canada  
  An adult bald eagle soars over St. Ann's Bay, Cape Breton.  6/8/17
  Puffin day for me !  Bird Island tour out of St. Ann's Bay to Bird Islands in the Cabot Strait. Many nesting puffins and other sea birds, including great blue herons !!  6/8/17
  Three puffins lolly-gagging about the Bird Islands.  6/8/17
  Cape Smokey,, Northern cape Breton Island has its own weather system being right on the northern Atlantic Ocean.......7/6/17
  Sunrise from the porch.  6/6/17.  South Harbor, Cape Breton, NS, Canada   
  Lobster season on Cape Breton..... St. Paul's Island in the distance. Taken from Neil's Harbor looking dead north up the east side of the island.  6/6/17
  I was taking gannet pictures 200 yards off the rocks as they fed on small fish. This giant humpback whale made his presence known to me by popping to the surface and blowing air out his blow hole !  What a great surprise so close to me....  6/6/17  (better than a bear Jim !! )
Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

After driving 800 miles I love seeing this sign again after crossing the Canso Causeway. 

Aspy Bay, South Harbor, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Our home away from home! Looking out on the Atlantic Ocean behind a barrier beach.

Cabots Landing

The plaque tells the story. Its the barrier beach in front of the cottage.

John Cabot

Here is the man !

Cabots Landing beach,

This is supposedly where he landed  in Aspy Bay.

This photo is Bay St. Lawrence taken from the access road to Money Point in the early 1990's. Newfoundland is 40 miles away straight out.

Lobster season in the small fishing village of White Point. By the looks of the barn its this guy hunts moose antlers laying on the ground in the off season.

Early morning on the beach……it reminds me of the last scene in Planet Of The Apes !

Sunrise from the cottage. I find myself getting up at 3:45 AM Maritimes time to take these photos in early June.

Dingwall, Cape Breton

I took this photo in the early 90's and converted it from a slide.

The Atlantic coast just south of Money Point. You can see Money Point in the fog under the rainbow.

Neil's Harbor, Cape Breton

The Englishtown Ferry. Its a small ferry that runs on a huge cable. It saves you 30 minutes off your trip.

Fiddle lessons anyone?  This is the Sydney Cruise Pavilion where the large cruise ships dock.

Meat Cove

Drive the 6 mile dirt road out to Meat Cove !  It got its name because whales used to brought into the cove by boat and cut up for various whale products during the whaling years.

Looks like another early morning and another sunrise photo.

This is the Cabot Trail on the St. Lawrence Seaway side of the island.  This is the most photographed portion of the road along this coast.

 

Entering the Park on the west side of the island.
At least they can read and know where to cross the road!
Pilot whales are very common around Cape Breton throughout the summer and fall.
Good morning Cape Breton ! Sunrise June 21, 2016 South Harbor, Cape Breton Nova Scotia. View from the cottage.
We were out on a sailboat and these guys came up to say hello ! Pilot whales are also called blackfish or potheads by the local fishermen.

The road to Red River can be seen along the shore.  It goes through Pleasant Bay and into the wilderness. trust me !  Ive been there...

Here are 7 grey seals lounging about on the shore of Bird Island off the coast of Cape Breton Males can grow to be almost 8 feet long and weight 680 pounds.  6/15/16

Did you know Cape Breton has the most rainbows of anywhere on earth?  

A grey seal gives us the seal of approval out at Bird Islands Seabird Sanctuary 7 miles out into the Atlantic Ocean off of Cape Breton.  6/18/16

The Orangedale Railroad station. 

Good morning Cape Breton !   Finally after a week I see the horizon in front of the cottage.  No fog today!    6/18/16

The Skyline trail is named correctly. 

A group of puffins bob in the water off of Cape Breton near Bird Islands.  These little guys spend all year out to sea and only come to land to nest.  This is one of their nesting islands.  6/16/16

A snow shoe hare was hopping down the road to Paquette Lake on Cape Breton Wednesday night (6/22/16).  He turned around and came right up to the car....  notice the huge feet on this hare... still some white fur around the edges.  

The Skyline Trail

"Halt, who goes there?" Some moose just stand and look while you stroll by on the Skyline trail.. 

Here's a group of puffins hanging out on their front porches in front of their nesting burrows.  They are discussing the Red Sox's chances and who will be the nest president.  I overheard one of them say he was glad they live way out to sea for 10 months a year!  

A snowshoe hare jets off to get away from me on the Skyline Trail. These guys have huge feet and I saw a great photo op by walking up behind them.

The Skyline Trail. Its a 2 mile hike out to the end.

These flowers are all over the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.....6/15/16

Snow the first week of October.

Piping plovers are endangered in Nova Scotia as they are in MA. The beaches where they nest are all posted. This morning I found this one wandering up and down looking for breakfast a far shot from where the posted areas were on South Harbor Beach on Cape Breton. 6/14/16

Arggh ! another sunrise 

Obviously not the Quabbin !

Taken from Blackomb Mountain, British Columbia, Canada 2004.  Some friends and I used to go skiing each year in the Canadian Rockies at a different place each year.  This was taken from Backcomb Mountain and converted from a slide...what an awesome place the Canadian Rockies are.  Im not sure what mountain range that is on the horizon.

Some times the sunrises up there have to be seen to be believed.

Heavy rains last night on Cape Breton really gave us some wild water today !  Mary Ann Falls, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia, Atlantic Canada.  6/13/16

Looking off into the wilderness of the Cape Breton Highlands after an early snowstorm.

The mighty North Atlantic was pretty wild today after the heavy rain storm last night on Cale Breton.  6/13/16

A fishing boat heads into White Point Harbor.

A storm is coming across Aspy Bay…...

I saw this red fox walking casually down a dirt road this afternoon as I was cruising the back roads of north Cape Breton. It watched the car and when I opened the door it made for the woods....  6/12/16

 

Neils Harbor.  Storms generate tremendous waves right on the North Atlantic coast.

White Point, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.  This raven got a little to close to a nesting gull colony this morning.  6/12/16

 

North Harbor, Aspy Bay

Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada

First day here !  Looking north from the top of MacKensie Mountain towards the northern tip of the island  6/11/16

The entrance to the Bay St. Lawrence cove. The waves get to be HUGE sometimes up there.

This is how then Canadians wash their cars aye?

Bay St. Lawrence on a beautiful June Day…… This is on the west side of Money point looking east.

Bear Mountain in Pleasant Bay

This was taken from a boat.  I have actually seen black bears up there so its appropriately named.

Snow on North Mountain

Photo courtesy of my friends Jean and Lawrence Walsh of South Harbor.

Hanging Valley

This is called a "hanging valley" by the geologists. As you can see fall is a great time to be on Cape Breton.

The view from Broad Cove Mountain

Cape Smokey in the distance and it looks like I need to clean the lens but its black flies buzzing thick as fog !!  They were so bad I could only stay there 15 minutes.

Dingwall Harbor, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia 6/7/15
Ring necked ducks

I found this pair of ring necked duck on Paquette Lake early this morning in the Cape breton Highlands National Park. The male sure has his eyes on me!   6/7/15

northern gannets

These are great birds that dive from great elevations beak first to spear fish. They are on the ocean all the time except when nesting.  Aspy Bay, Cape Breton.  6/7/15

Nova Scotia soaking wet eagle

I saw this bald eagle sitting on top of this huge pile of rocks right on the oceans edge on my way to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia yesterday and had to drive back and take his photo. 6/6/15

Sunrise, Aspy Bay, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. 6/8/15

Sunrise over South Harbor, Cape Breton Island.  6/10/15

Black Brook

Black Brook.  Cape Breton Highlands National Park.  Nova Scotia.  6/10/15

lobsters anyone

Lobster season is in full swing on Cape Breton.  If you like lobster you would be in heaven here.!  6/9/15

2 AM shot (in the dark)

I took this time exposure shot from the front porch of the cottage at 2 AM in the morning.  ISO at 6400 and shutter speed at 15 seconds.  6/8/15

Night shot Cape Breton

Here is another night shot from the front porch of the cottage on South Harbor on Cape Breton, Nova Scotia,  6/8/15,  2AM

Sunrise, Aspy Bay, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. 6/8/15
Pleasant Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada

This is the fishing village of Pleasant Bay with the lobster season in full swing.  6/8/15

Aspy Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia 6/7/15

 

 

 

Minke whale

This whale was cruising the shores of White Point this morning.  I heard him blow out his blowhole and thats how I found him.  White Point, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.  6/10/15

Northern gannet

Its very hard to get these birds near land as they spend most of their time at sea. This one flew right over me as I sat on a cliff at White Point,  Cape Breton,  Island, Nova Scotia,  6/9/15

Bombs away for lunch !

A herring gull drops a clam from 100 feet up to crack it open on rocks !  6/9/15

Black guillemots

A pair of black guillemots get a visitor ... White Point,  6/9/15

Yellow rumped warbler

Lots of these birds on the Skyline Trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia today.  6/8/15

Snowshoe hare

A snowshoe hare with just about all his white fur gone for the summer.  He really was enjoying the spring grass.  Skyline Trail.  CB Highlands National Park.  Nova Scotia.  6/8/15

Snow in June !

I had to post this !  there is still big patches of snow on Cape Breton in June.  Ive never seen snow on the ground in June !!  6/11/15 

Benji's Lake

This is the trail to Benji's Lake in Cape Breton Highlands Park.  Ive seen many moose over the years on this trail !  6/11/15

Bird Island, Saint Ann's Bay

This is the southern of the two islands that make up a large pelagic nesting sanctuary that is accessible only by boat.  Its a fascinating place !   6/15/15

Atlantic puffin

Found in a large nesting colony on the Bird Islands north coast of Cape Breton Island accessed only by boat.   6/12/15

Puffins

Here is a few of them looking at us from their front porch !  Saint Ann's Bay, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.   6/15/15

raven

I found this raven playing with a lobster claw !!  6/14/15

White Point

White Point is that white point in the far distance :)   6/14/15

common eider ducks

A small flock of these guys bobbing in heavy seas.  6/14/15

Nova Scotia coast

The rugged coast of Cape Breton,  6/14/15

another eagle scores !

Here's a lucky eagle scoring big time with a fish thrown from the boat !  6/12/15

razor billed auk

A seabird found on Bird Islands off of the coast of northern Cape Breton. There is a large nesting colony accessed only by boat.  6/12/15

female grey seal

A female grey seal is hauled up on the rocks on Bird Island off the coast of Cape Breton working on her tan !  6/12/15

male grey seals

A large group of male grey seals all hauled up on Bird Island off of Cape Breton Island.  They are all talking about the Red Sox this season I'll bet !   6/12/15

Spruce grouse

Here is a cousin to the ruffed grouse that is rare except in northern New England for us.  This bird was in a spruce tree next to me while I was photographing the moose !!   6/11/15

Cormorants riding out the waves

Notice the band of brave cormorants on top of this rock with the waves as high as they are.  They have a close up view in about a 40 to 50 mph wind.  West side of Cape Breton Island. 10/10/15

No whale watches out today !

Monster waves on the west side of Cape Breton.  You could get seasick just watching them.......  10/10/15

The Atlantic coast just south of Neil's Harbor. A storm goes out to sea...
11 PM October 12, 2015

This is from the same location as the last photo only taken at 11 PM last night.  You can see the cell towers on the Aspy Faultline and Money Point in the distance. 

The Milky Way from the Aspy Bay, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, 10:45PM... 10/15/15
Mary Ann Brook

Here is Mary Ann Brook just before it flows over Mary Ann Falls in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.  10/16/15

Mary Ann Falls

Leaving Mary Ann Falls

Neil"s Harbour, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, 10/16/15

This is Money Point looking at it's west side just above Bay St. Lawrence.  10/16/15

Bay St. Lawrence, Cape Breton 10/15/15
One of the many peaks on the Island.

They don't call them "The Highlands" for nothing !  Meat Cove. 10/15/15

Mica Hill

Today I hiked 2.5 miles up to Mica Hill.  This is a new trail in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park and the views were spectacular. It puts you right up top of the taiga region of the Park and you can see for miles all around. This photo was taken after the first half mile. 10/13/15

Close to the end of the trail.

This is farther along the Mica Hill trail and close to the top.  Money Point can be seen way off in the distance.  10/13/15

The end !

Mica Lake. After a two hour hike I was at the top.  Mica Lake can be seen.  This is prime moose country and in the heart of the Highlands National Park.  Sadly I saw no moose today!  10 13/15

Morning, 6AM October 13, 2015

A real nice morning here off the front porch.  

Cape Breton Highlands National Park"s northern section looking east into the park. 10/14/15
Taken from the same spot as the last photo.

Looking north up towards Pleasant Bay an into Red River along the St. Lawrence Seaway on the west side of Cape Breton.  10/14/15

Heading up North Mountain in the early sun. 10/14/15
The Sunrise Valley, Cape Breton

Early morning fog sits in the valley looking out towards the Atlantic Ocean ovwe the Aspy Bay and the fishing village of Dingwall.  10/20/15

An iPhone pano shot looking down on the Saint Ann's Bay on Cape Breton.  10/17/15

Irish Cove Lookout

Heres an early morning photo of the Bras d'Or lookout on the east side of the inland lake in the middle of Cape Breton. 10/18/15

Northern gannet

A fly by from a northern gannet as there was a large number of them feeding on fish fairly close to shore.  They dive head first into the water after the fish  (see next photo)  Cape Breton, 10/11/15

In we go !

Here is a northern gannet diving at a break neck speed after a fish.  10/11/15

Male spruce grouse

Here is a cousin of the ruffed grouse.  These birds are found in the taiga and spruce regions of Cape Breton. I did a 5 mile hike today up to the barrens and saw 4 males.  This was the second one.  10/13/15

Spruce grouse number three

This is the third male spruce grouse I ran across this morning.  They are very tame and you can get quite close to them. A lot closer than you can come to the ruffed grouse!  10/13/15

Northern gannet

These seabirds dive at 60 miles per hour sometimes from 30 stories up head first after fish sometimes breaking their necks !  10/16/15

Gannets love to soar on the high winds......
Gray seals

Gray seals have taken up their winter residence along the coast of Cape Breton.  These 3 guys were part of about 20 or so just hanging about the rocks feeding on White Point, Cape Breton.

I saw this eider duck in Ingonish Harbor this afternoon.  She had seven ducklings with her and she had them in the surf along the shore.  Cute little buggers!  6/13/17

The tail end of Hurricane Matthew made for some hair raising weather on Cape Breton.  This was right after it left for Newfoundland.

The power of the North Atlantic can really be seen in Black Brook Cove on Cape Breton.  This was the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

Meat Cove, the northern most village on Cape Breton.  Today was a fabulous day to be out and about on the Island.  

Sunset from Cheticamp Island on the west side of Cape Breton over the St Lawrence Seaway.

This mink lives in the breakwater wall in front of the cottage.  We see it every year when we are here.  This year it got pretty curious !  

A small pod breaks from the larger 40 or so short beaked common dolphins while feeding on the small bill fish that the tuna fish have chased into the end of the Canso Causeway on Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada.  10/8/17

An adult northern gannet hovers over a  school of fish with about 5,000 other gannets !   Cape Breton Island,  Canso Causeway, Nova Scotia, Canada.  10/7/16

Point Wolfe River flowing into the Bay of Fundy,  Alma, New Brunswick, Canada.  10/5/15

Northern Gannets off of White Point, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

Heres a video I took last week on Cape Breton of northern gannets diving for fish.  The next day these thousands and thousands of gannets were gone.  I was lucky to see this just before they migrated south.  

Northern gannets diving for fish off the east coast of cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.  6/3/17

This sunrise suddenly was gone and it was dark and in the 40's today with heavy winds here on Cape Breton !  6/14/17

I've been having fun with all the snowshoe hares on the island. They still have some white fur left from their winter coat. This one let me get almost up to it before it exploded with those huge feet !!  and check out the ears !!  6/13/17

As i was getting ready to head out for a hike along the Atlantic shore this thunderstorm appeared right before my eyes!  Needless to say I waited until it was over and over the ocean !  6/13/17

Good morning Cape Breton !   6/13/17

Sunrise Valley, Cape Breton looking out over Aspy Bay this morning....put on your sunglasses !!  6/12/17

Sunrise, 6/11/17, South Harbor, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia......

Two greater black-backed gulls were buzzing around in tandem this morning out on White Point.  6/11/17

Northern gannets hit the water head first going 60 mph while diving for fish.  They fly as fast as peregrine falcons at times.  This was another White point visitor this morning.  6/11/17

 

 

Quite a surprise to see ten herons along the coast loafing in a seabird nesting colony.  Here are 5 of the 10 this morning sitting along the rocks of White Point.  6/11/17

The small fishing village of Ingonish,  on the east shore of Cape Breton right on the Atlantic Ocean. A beaut of a day today after a rain storm last night.  6/10/17

I found this young raven hiding in the grass on top of a huge drop off over the ocean this morning.  he was just watching the world go by !  He finally took off behind him and glided down to the rocks below.  7/10/17

Heres an adult raven screaming "I am king of the world" in the same location as the previous raven photo.  I love Cape Breton ravens !  (sounds like a sports promo)  7/10/17

Sunrise 6/8/17  South Harbor, Cape Breton, NS Canada  

An adult bald eagle soars over St. Ann's Bay, Cape Breton.  6/8/17

Puffin day for me !  Bird Island tour out of St. Ann's Bay to Bird Islands in the Cabot Strait. Many nesting puffins and other sea birds, including great blue herons !!  6/8/17

Three puffins lolly-gagging about the Bird Islands.  6/8/17

Cape Smokey,, Northern cape Breton Island has its own weather system being right on the northern Atlantic Ocean.......7/6/17

Sunrise from the porch.  6/6/17.  South Harbor, Cape Breton, NS, Canada   

Lobster season on Cape Breton..... St. Paul's Island in the distance. Taken from Neil's Harbor looking dead north up the east side of the island.  6/6/17

I was taking gannet pictures 200 yards off the rocks as they fed on small fish. This giant humpback whale made his presence known to me by popping to the surface and blowing air out his blow hole !  What a great surprise so close to me....  6/6/17  (better than a bear Jim !! )

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