In 2010, I didn’t have enough photos to do a Fall Colours essay, requiring me to suspend what had become an annual tradition: this gap was caused by the colours not coming out until very late, after the end of the Celtic Colours festival, and the weather being too poor for photography when they did finally turn. I am happy to say that this situation did not occur this year, whose weather was easily the best for Celtic Colours since 2006. This year’s colours were generally spectacular, especially in the back country, with abundant reds and, most times, there was enough sun to make them dazzling. Although I did not take close to the number of photos in past years (only 1230 in total during my October trip, of which 583 survived as initial candidates for this essay), I did get what I judge to be some fine shots and so had no problem in finding material for this essay. Indeed, the opposite problem was resolved by extending the essay from 40 to 45 pages!
This essay’s photos are mostly presented in the order in which I visited the places from which they were taken; in two cases, I have grouped photos together that were taken from several different locations. All four of Cape Breton’s counties are represented, though the vast majority of the photos this year are from Inverness and Victoria Counties (22 and 19 pages, respectively). I had hoped to see more of Eastern Cape Breton than I did, particularly the gorgeous Atlantic coast in Richmond and Cape Breton Counties, but I cancelled the trip I had planned there because the day I had free for it was too overcast to produce the photos I had hoped to get. Still, I did manage to see a good deal of the island, in no small part because Celtic Colours concerts are held all over the island, in small as well as larger communities, the travel to and from which afforded me opportunities to get photos along the way.
The photos in this essay are not all of leaves, though you will certainly see more than a few of those. But, in each photo, you will see the fall colours in the grasses and on the hillsides; if you look closely, you will see that nearly every one could only have been taken in the autumn, though sometimes the changes are subtle. Most of them come from places that have appeared in previous essays; a few are from newly discovered vantage points—Cape Breton still has many roads and trails I have not not yet explored!
I hope you will enjoy the photos I have selected and the accompanying text.
Victor Maurice Faubert
2011 October 29