Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Simple Abundance

Gooseberry Cove
Cape Breton, NS

Perhaps one of the most beautiful spots
along the Cape Breton coast,
Gooseberry Cove took my breath away
the first time I visited the area.
On that particular day, the angry sea
sent waves crashing among the rocks.

But today's visit was relatively calm.

This is 'Crown Land', owned by the government,
and much to my delight, Nova Scotia is considering
making Gooseberry Cove 
a protected wilderness area.

An hour and a half drive, and well worth every mile.

Approximately 30% of the land in Nova Scotia
is 'Crown Land', and the government has proposed
to set aside 12% as protected areas by 2015.

If I'm reading the information correctly, 
they are not adding an additional 12%, but are
combining new properties to bring 
the total of protected wilderness areas
up to the 12% mark.

Black Guillemots were everwhere!
If only I could include the delicious smell of the sea air,
almost acrid at low tide. 

The only way I was going to capture
this Chalk-fronted Corporal (Ladona julia
was to catch him in mid-air!

This little toad was there all day.

One of my most favorite bog plants to photograph,
the Cloudberry (Rubus chamaemorus
is considered a delicacy!  
Locations are often kept secret!

The carnivorous Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia purpurea).

Blue Flag (Iris versicolor)

I applaud Nova Scotia's efforts to preserve the wilderness.
Progress is encroaching rapidly.
I have the opportunity to see a lot.
and it isn't always pretty.
Lots of ATV's damaging the bogs
and dunes, illegally, of course.
Forested areas are just as abused.

Simple Abundance?
Only if they become more conscientious about managing
these protected areas.