The Glencoe Road runs from Long Johns Bridge in Upper Southwest Mabou to the Whycocomagh Port Hood Road in Glencoe Mills, ascending from the Southwest Mabou River to the summit I have dubbed “Mount Glencoe” and then descending to the Mull River on the eastern side, passing by St Joseph’s church in Glencoe and the Parish Hall, site of square dances on Thursdays in the summer and on Sundays on the long week-ends. This road is a pretty drive at all seasons: it’s not uncommon to see an eagle there and its vistas are worth stopping for. But, in the fall, the brilliant colours of its trees make the drive special, with trees that are often stunning in the bright sun.
Photo #1 looks to the northwest, showing the Glencoe Road east of the MacLeod Settlement Road, which is around the curve in the distance; on this day before the start of the festival, most of its trees were still unchanged, but there was nevertheless colour to be seen in the day’s bright sun.
It was the red tree at the centre right of photo #1 that made me stop here. Photo #2 is a close-up of some of the red leaves on that tree; these leaves are very near their peak, as I can spot only a few under magnification that have any traces of chlorophyll left in them. Directly in the sunlight, they would catch anyone’s eye!
Photo #3 shows one of the branches just above the ditch arrayed in the bright sun; this tree still has visible patches of chlorophyll in its leaves, and has clearly been caught in the process of changing, though it is indeed well along, if not exactly yet at its peak. Beautiful, all the same.
Photo #4 shows another bright red tree, not visible in photo #1, with some admixture of gold and red/green leaves, against the beautiful skies of that day. This was one very pretty stretch of road indeed!
It wasn’t only the bright red leaves that took my eye: photo #5 shows a tree with a mixture of yellow and green leaves, changing on the fly, beautiful in the bright sun against the gorgeous blue skies.