MacGillivrays Cove and Rouses Point at Gabarus

MacGillivrays Cove and Rouses Point at Gabarus
Photo 5 of 34: MacGillivrays Cove and Rouses Point at Gabarus
Taken 2008 June 11 in Gabarus from Highway 327 (the Gabarus Highway) at its end
GPS 45°50.230'N 60°08.224'W

MacGillivrays Cove is formed where the shore turns to the northeast; the point where one sees the surf at the right of the photo is Rouses Point. Apparently, once upon a time the land to the left of Rouses Point was an island, as I have seen the name Rouses Island used for it; today, a road leads out to it over a causeway most likely thrown up by the sea. Notice the significant amount of bedrock showing along the shore leading out to Rouses Point. The land at the far left and at the far right in the far distance is on Cape Breton Island on the other side of Gabarus Bay.

The wood-and-creosote barrier to which I referred on the previous page can be seen at the left in this view to the north from the middle of the crescent; notice how close the cobblestones come to the promenade at the top of this barrier, a delightful place from which to survey the shore. The height of the barrier can be gauged by comparing it to the height of the storage shed seen behind it; the bottom of the barrier and the building’s foundation are at the same level.

The huge piece of driftwood lying on the shore is an objet trouvé of considerable beauty, with its intricate root system starkly contrasting with its long, ramrod-straight, tapered trunk forming a whole very pleasing to the eye. Why did those roots survive the journey from the tree’s original location who knows where, but its branches did not? What a story it must have to tell! And notice that it too, like the cobblestones on which it lies, has been thrown up on the shore well away from the water. Incredible!

Directly above the root system, the height of the cobblestones next to the shore is sufficiently great that it obscures the surf from the incoming waves and even part of the closest wave; I’d guess it to be roughly 1 m (3 ft) above the water here. This beach is one unbelievable pile of cobblestones!