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Aspy Bay,Cape Breton by George Cousins

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At the north-east tip of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. Aspy Bay beach is a very long stretch of beautiful sand,just a short hop off the world-famous Cabot Trail which encircles the northern part of the Island, and encloses Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The trail was named after John Cabot of Bristol, who is thought to have landed here in 1497, though scholars think he may have landed in Newfoundland. In any case, a park commemorating his landing is right behind where I took this picture. This image shows just a tiny fraction of the beach but I liked the contrast between it and the steep forested cliffs which form the background of much of this coastline.

Taken in October 2006 with a Sony DSCF828 camera.


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  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful scene, George. Heard all about the Cabot Trail, but haven’t been there yet although I have been down east. This is another incentive…..

  • Hi Mike, and thank you.. I have quite a few shots of the Cabot Trail on my Bubblesite. I’ve been going over it since I was about 14 years old, and it was a dirt track that only the daring or foolhardy would! Of course it’s long since been paved and lots of look-offs and photo-op points.It’s an amazing trip, and I hope you get to see it yourself. Go in September or October, the autumn colours are unbelievable.

    – George Cousins

  • Virginia N. Fred
    Virginia N. Fredabout 5 years ago

    Great history behind the beautiful photo, nice work…gina

  • Many thanks Gina, glad you enjoyed it!

    – George Cousins

  • Stan Wojtaszek
    Stan Wojtaszekabout 5 years ago

    That’s one thing that never ceased to amaze me, out east, was how incredibly fast the topography changes, especially along the shore line. You captured this perfectly, George ! :)

  • George Cousins
    George Cousinsabout 5 years ago

    Very the place where I took that, the Cabot Park is a wide flat area with fields and parking lot, and then several miles of beach-front, with those cliffs on one end of the beach and a wide sort of lagoon and more beach at the other. Just turning around in a circle you can get 5 or 6 different landscapes.

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