Coast towards the East from Cape St Lawrence

Coast towards the East from Cape St Lawrence
Photo 8 of 25: Coast towards the East from Cape St Lawrence
Taken 2006 August 17 from the end of the Lighthouse Trail near the automated light at Cape St Lawrence
GPS 47°02.4??'N 60°35.8??'W

This photo, taken almost directly into the morning sun, shows the eastern coast from Cape St Lawrence. The slope at the far right is part of Bear Hill. I did not climb up on the hill spanning the centre of this photo, but if I had I would probably have seen Blackrock Point and Black Point and the Cape North massif beyond, assuming there is any open space there which offers a good vantage point—something I will find out when next I return here.

Somewhat to the left of this view and out of its scope, St Paul Island was visible in the Cabot Strait, which separates Cape Breton from Newfoundland, some 24 km (15 mi) off the Cape Breton coast, not far from where the Gulf of St Lawrence merges with the Atlantic Ocean. The photo I took of it from here shows considerable haze (or perhaps morning fog) in the distance, as its profile is much fainter this day than it was the previous day, when it stood out very clearly from the Meat Cove road at Capstick.

The rocks in the water below at the left of the photo demonstrate that the erosive forces active all along the Gulf of St Lawrence coast have had an effect here as well. Unless one knows that a cliff has not been eaten away, it is never wise to get too close to its edge, lest it give way and come crashing down, taking one with it.

Of particular interest is the white rock face hiding in the shadows at the middle left of this photo; it was quite brilliant to the naked eye. I assume it is a vein of gypsum similar to the one in the cliff face which recently fell to the shore at Coal Mine Point at Mabou Coal Mines. It is not the only such instance in northern Cape Breton—another much larger one appears on the Cape North Massif not far from Cape North; known as White Rock, it is easily visible from the Meat Cove road to Capstick.

And again, the wild flowers can be seen in profusion in the grass all along this hillside—all that manure is obviously good for something!

[2012] On my second trip here, in 2009, on the way back from Lowland Cove, I was tired enough (and facing a long, tough climb up) that I elected not to explore the views along this coast. I will have to leave that for my next trip here.