Whycocomagh Bay from the Orangedale Road

Whycocomagh Bay from the Orangedale Road
Photo 23 of 25: Whycocomagh Bay from the Orangedale Road
Taken 2007 October 18 from the Orangedale Road
400 m (¼ mi) from its junction with the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 105) southwest of Whycocomagh
GPS 45°56.3??'N 61°08.9??'W

Whycocomagh, the ”Head of the Waters”, lies at the west end of Whycocomagh Bay, one of the many arms of the Bras d’Or Lakes system. The village itself is out of view at the left side of the photo. This view to the northeast from the Orangedale Road shows Salt Mountain and the unnamed mountains that follow it to the northeast along Whycocomagh Bay (actually, the edge of a high plateau). All are clad in their fall finery, which, from this distance, has largely merged into a heather colour, but is actually as bright as the foliage on the Cape Mabou Highlands seen previously. At the centre left of the photo, the pyramid shape of Indian Island can be distinguished in the middle ground below and against the profile of Salt Mountain.

As can be imagined, the views from the top of Salt Mountain, to which a trail leads from the Whycocomagh Provincial Park, are stunning, especially so in fall. Alas, given the generally poor weather, I was unable to get up there this year, but readers of last year’s fall colours essay will perhaps recall the photos of three views taken from there.