Photo #1 shows the coast just south of Malcolms Brook that is the subject of this page. The coastal plain, which continues from its sketchy state north of Malcolms Brook to the lusher state shown here, ends at the far right of the photo, where the sheer cliffs of “Malcolms Brook Mountain” cut it off completely. This coast is marked by two huge gouges in the terrain, below a slope which proceeds up from the brook to the crest of “Malcolms Brook Mountain”, albeit with an interruption for some sheer cliffs towards the summit.
Photo #2 shows the mouth of Malcolms Brook at the left, its valley, and the coastal cliffs nearest the brook below the coastal plain which continues towards the summit of “Malcolms Brook Mountain” at the right (and outside the scope of this photo); the first of the aforementioned huge gashes is seen in more detail at the right of the photo. Even in the somewhat subdued light of this photo, the contrasting colours of the rocks stand out very well.
Photo #3 is a telephoto view of the coastal plain as it starts its climb up to the summit of “Malcolms Brook Mountain” from the mouth of Malcolms Brook, seen at the far left. This photo is in direct sunlight and shows even more forcefully the contrasting colours in the rocks, which appear here considerably more vivid than all but a few other places along this coast. The trees left of centre on the plain are stunted, but some appear to be a metre and a half (five feet) tall; those on the far side below “Diamond Mountain” are closer to being full-grown. This photo also makes clear again how thin the soil that covers the mountainsides really is.
Photo #4 shows the northern gouge from a bit to the south. Although some small signs of erosion from run-off can be discerned at the upper right, they don’t appear to be sufficient to explain the loss of the terrain here, which is bordered by rock on all sides. What could possibly had caused all of the rock which appears to have once been in the gouge to have disappeared so completely?
Photo #5 was taken directly off-shore, at the same moderately wide-angled view as photo #4 and again focusses on the northern gouge. While there is a clear run-off channel above the gouge, that channel diverts to the south as seen in photo #6 and does not reach the gouge, so it cannot be responsible for its creation.
Photo #6 looks at the southern gouge, this one in the shape of an oyster shell, in the centre of the photo; from this angle, the northern gouge, below where the tress on the hill descend to the edge of the cliff left of centre in the photo, is nearly hidden from view. Again, the cause of the oyster shell gouge does not appear to be due to run-off, as there are only minor signs of erosion along the top edges. The real run-off channel is right of centre, unmistakably marked by the broad swath of gravel/dirt/rubble of the chute on its course from the slope to the sea and in which no vegetation has been able to establish itself.
Photo #7 continues the view to the right, showing that the coastal plain has come to an end, replaced by the rocky cliffs that extend up much of the northern end of “Malcolms Brook Mountain”. A small run-off channel can be seen descending at the right, where it drops precipitously down the cliffs, having carved a very dark coloured small vertical channel in the rocks face.