Cabot Trail ascending North Mountain

Cabot Trail ascending North Mountain
Photo 16 of 34: Cabot Trail ascending North Mountain
Taken 2010 March 6 in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park from the Cabot Trail ascending North Mountain
GPS 46°49.???'N 60°39.???'W

This photograph is copyright © 2010 by Charlie MacEachern,
remains the sole property of the photographer,
and has been used here with explicit permission.

This view is slightly further down North Mountain in the Cape North direction than the previous one and shows another of the sharp curves on the Cabot Trail. The snow at the left edge of the road, while still high, seems a bit lower than in the previous photo and one can even see here a portion of the guardrails right of the centre of the photo. The rock faces are again mostly covered with ice and snow, so very different from the way they appear in other seasons, and the trees, while still somewhat caked, are rather less so than in the previous photo.

I find the composition of this fine photo to be especially noteworthy: the gorgeous deep blue sky that dominates the upper left is set off by the blazing whites of the snow in the lower half of the photo, while the greys of the trees, rock cliff face, and the road provide the contrast necessary to set both off to their best advantage. The diagonal lines and curves of sky, road, and snow banks lend a motion to the photo that keeps drawing one’s eyes here and there across it and also recall to my mind the vehicular motion one feels while rounding the sharp curves in this section of the Cabot Trail. Lovely photography indeed!