After leaving Baleine, I continued west towards Louisbourg; as I approached Big Lorraine, I noticed a red-tinged field at the side of the road and stopped to photograph it. Photo #1 shows that field, typical of the forest along the Atlantic coast in eastern Cape Breton in its lack of hardwoods and the consequent dearth of colourful fall foliage. Though they don’t show up as much in this photo as they did to my eyes, patches of reddish-brown are found all over the field.
Photo #2 is a close-up of the field that brings its reddish-brown patches closer to what my eyes saw as I was driving by. They are caused by low bushes whose leaves have turned from the summer greens into the colour seen here.
Photo #3 is a close-up of one of those bushes that was in the lower left foreground of photo #1. Here, the leaves are still mostly a mix of red and green, giving the reddish-brown cast when seen at a distance, although some of the leaves have lost their green entirely, making for a brighter colour not too far distant from that of a burning bush. So, while the showy colours seen in the back country are missing here at the coast, there is colour if one looks for it; it would have been interesting to see this field a couple of weeks later when all the green has disappeared from the leaves—it might well be a considerably brighter shade of red that strikes the eyes, especially given some sun.