Fern along the Rosedale Road

Fern along the Rosedale Road
Photo 17 of 41: Fern along the Rosedale Road
Taken 2009 October 9 in Rosedale from the Rosedale Road
1.4 km (0.9 mi) northwest of its junction with the Whycocomagh Road
GPS 45°59.352'N 61°15.287'W

From where I stopped to take the previous photo, I continued on to the end of the MacLellan Road and turned right onto the Rosedale Road. About two thirds of the way down the latter, I stopped to take a photo of the fall colours on the mountainsides above and beside the road; there was still no sun, but there was some good colour that I wanted to capture. While I was in the process of doing that, I happened to notice a whole bank of ferns above the ditch at the right side of the road. Many of them had been burnt brown by the frost (some can be seen in the background of this photo), but others had shed their greens for the bright but delicate yellows one sees in this photo. I’ve doubtless seen this phenomenon before, but it hadn’t registered with me the way it did this day. I very much like the resulting photo, a study in yellows and browns leavened with a touch of green, and hope you do too.

I drove on to Whycocomagh, where I got some gas, and then drove back to Mabou by the East Skye Glen Road as it was growing late—it was time to get ready for the opening concert of the Celtic Colours International Festival in Port Hawkesbury. Thus, I ended my day’s activities, having spent a very enjoyable afternoon of backroad exploration in Southwestern Inverness County, one of my favourite ways to spend the days in Cape Breton.