There are many tucked away cobble and sandy beaches between the rocky outcroppings along the shorelines of Isle Madame. A visual feast of shifting textural beauty.
Sadly, the lighthouses are being decommissioned and are slowly disappearing off the island, replaced by lit channel markers.
A beautiful vista with a coastguard boat far off in the distance.
The view at the trailhead of the Cap Auget Eco-Trail on Isle Madame.
A velvety hidden-away beach, not easily accessible.
This lobster fishing boat was accidentally run aground on a sandbar. It returned to service at high tide the following day.
All images © Karen McRae
48 thoughts on “Cape Breton: Textural Diversity of the Shoreline”
Maybe I’ll be picking your brain if I ever get my plans together to head up this way… looks lovely!
Bring your rubber boots! 😉
Beautiful, amazing shots….Love them.
Thank you, Jason.
mmmmm, i miss the east coast. beautiful karen 🙂
It must be pretty different on the west coast, Rachel! Any coast is worth the trip… thank you.
Your photos leave me feeling that I am on the water. Love the one in the middle with the distance lighthouse.
I’m glad you sense being on the water when you look at these, Sandy. If an image can transport, then that means a lot! Thank you.
A lot of WONDERFUL photoes. I enjoyd! Sad about the lighthouses, but the little one is really nice on that picture..
Thanks so much, Bente!
(I’m still thinking about your reindeer images, stunning work!)
great set of photo’s
Yes! Layer upon layer of texture. And the colors ..they pop in the overall blue tones to beautiful effect.
I think you did have a great time!
Oh yes! 🙂
love the lobster boat photo, fantastic!
Yes, the lobster boat was interesting! Thank you.
Karen, You have a great eye for the detail and uniqueness of things. They are always things that we (out here in the world of observers) are interested in. Thanks for taking time to share with us the things you found interesting in Cape Breton. Wally
PS: I loved the Ess-shaped sandbar. It reminded me of what the currents do to form Cape Hatteras. The Gulf currents flowing north and the Atlantic currents running south build a landform. The cold and warm currents create a smorgasborg of little tidbits for the larger fish to eat. Thanks again for a nice selection of visions. Wally
Wally, thanks for your comments and insights. I have been to Cape Hatteras many years ago, it’s gorgeous!
I like the way you faced each different texture in different eyes.
With fresh mindset and different approach in its suppleness.
Diversity is in your mindset.
Thanks for your insightful and very kind comments, Yoshizen!
Hei, Hei Leah from Stavanger, Norway. I am an 54 year old Cape Bretoner who lives away from home and has done so for years .but home is home! My husband Bruce and I have lived with our son Sandy (16) in Norway for 3 years now. I have a datgeuhr going to Dalhousie University but she also lived with us for a time on our expat assignment in Damascus, Syria. I have a favourite story to tell .when we got to Damascus my husband took us to the NATO base where every Friday evening a different country hosted a family social. On my first visit I could hear a young man yelling to my husband . where is she where is your CB lass? It turned out he was from North Sydney and was leaving so wanted to pass the gauntlet of CB hospitality to me! I took up the challenge but given my new surroundings .I couldn’t help but be amazed at meeting a Cape Bretoner so far from home! We are new homeowners now in Middle River and can’t wait to spend the summer at home! I really enjoy your blog! Keep up the good work!
OH the top one is a dead Elephant !!! The 4th is my favourite… the eye is led deep into the photo and right to the boat.. excellent.
That’s interesting, Helen – I hadn’t perceived the elephant!
Oh! and I thought you had photographed it that way deliberately 🙂
Yet another feast for the eyes! Your photos have such depth and beauty, I can’t get enough of them!
I’m glad you can’t get enough, Marina – I have many more!
Thank you. 🙂
Lots of beautiful blues!! Gorgeous!! 🙂 **
Beautiful series Karen. I particularly like the fourth photo with the snaking sand bar.
David, thank you. That was such a beautiful view from there.
Oh wow! These are truly beautiful! Is it really called Isle Madame? How amazing! Dear Karen, thankyou so much for your Invisible Healing! I was and am so touched by your well wishes. I think i could feel when you sent them:) Thankyou! and for being such a wonderful, beautiful blog force:)
Hi Gigi, yes, Isle Madame is the part of Cape Breton where I spent most of my time. Thanks for what you have written here, I am touched!:)
These pictures are so transporting…I can almost smell the sea air!
That’s a great reaction, thank you!
That first stone appears to be some new form of life. I cannot wait until more green stuff starts growing out there. I’m curious as to how it will turn out.
There is some green to come…and some dead stuff, which I know you appreciate…
Such beautiful works of art Karen. I just love that shot of the seaweed, splattered on the rocks. The shot, “A beautiful vista with a coastguard boat far off in the distance.” is so peaceful. You’ve done it again 🙂
Hi Marina, thank you. 🙂
These are overwhelmingly stunning photos and vistas. I am smelling the salt air!
Christian, thank you very much! 🙂
Seriously, are they gonna remove the old light houses? That just seems so wrong. It’s a piece of history and they are beautiful!
Karen your photos are awesome, they are so full of texture and sensitivity. It’s a pain for me to come here, because I feel like I wanna move in, you know… well you don’t… unless I’ve told you before.
Some of the lighthouses have already gone, but others will probably just slowly fade away. I’m sure they will preserve some of them but they likely won’t be re-lit once the lights have burned out.
Anette, thank you some much! 🙂
Great photos here!
Thanks again! Much appreciated. 🙂
I love the last image of the lobster boat, but as always, all shots are lovely 🙂