From the last stop, I drove on to the end of the Northeast Mabou Road, stopping for photos once along the way (more Cape Mabou photos, of course), and again, when I reached the Mabou Harbour Road. The photos here were taken at the junction or a short distance down the Northeast Mabou Road.
Photo #1 looks up the Northeast Cove, the outflow of the Northeast Mabou River, and across at Mabou Mountain. The mouth of the Northeast Mabou River is at the far right, considerably outside the scope of this photo. From the bridge on the Northeast Mabou Road (about where the stand of evergreens is at the far left of the photo below the long low ridge of Mabou Mountain) to its mouth, the Northeast Mabou River flows through a marshy area that is always teeming with water birds of all varieties and one often sees eagles in the air above or perched on a tree beside the cove.
Photo #2 is a close-up view of the centre portion of photo #1, which gives a better idea of the fall colours on Mabou Mountain. The reflection in the water is nearly perfect; the two yellow spots in the water in the lower left are blocks of marsh grass that lack the reflective quality of the water. What a magnificent day this was!
Photo #3 looks southwest across Northeast Cove at West Mabou on the far side of the Mabou River. A duck is swimming in the waters at the far right of the photo. On the far shore, Hunters Road can be seen climbing up the ridge from the West Mabou Road; the views from the road near the house whose cupola can be seen about a third of the way in from the left are fantastic (see this photo for an example) and cover nearly all of the compass rose, from the south all the way counterclockwise to the west. I regret I didn’t make it up there this fall, but I was just completely out of time when I thought about it. The colours in this photo are apparently affected by the shot towards the sun, but it is still pretty clear that the fall colours are way behind those on Cape Mabou; even those on the less distant point at the far right are still mostly green, though a tinge of red can be seen at the water level.
Photo #4 looks along the western shore of Northwest Cove, mostly out of scope in photo #3, at the trees that line it. Here, there’s a little bit of everything, from no change to a bright reddish orange. Again, the reflection in the placid water testifies to how glorious a day this was, though some white clouds can be seen arriving from off the Gulf (I later encountered overcast grey skies during the late afternoon drive to Moncton).
Photo #5 looks at a brilliant red tree that was at the side of the Mabou Harbour Road on the Northeast Cove; its leaves don’t look like maple leaves, so I’m not sure what variety of tree it is other than “beautiful”.