All over Baddeck Cape Breton, I spotted the saying "stay-a-while". I could see how many folks would be enticed to do so. I rolled out of bed very early to stroll along the water while the sun introduced another day in paradise. It was peaceful, so pretty and warm already.
My timing was spot on to witness the beginning of a new day.
Alexander Graham Bell and his wife heeded Baddeck's advice.
early morning stillness
a boat, a lighthouse
I strolled to the end of town and to where I could see the Alexander Graham Bell Museum nestled in the trees. The day was warming up early. I had a certain time to be back to meet my friends so began my return stroll.
It was a challenge to keep going I didn't want to just pass by the beauty, I prolonged the return by taking even more time to admire the views in this town. It was very obvious to me why people would choose to make Baddeck their home.
We enjoyed breakfast, then hit the main road that would take us from Cape Breton Island back to the mainland. We made a few stops along the way to see sights. My friend was familiar with this castle so we dropped by only to see that it was abandoned. Now this would be a place one could stay a while.
You never know what is at the end of a road. Small cabins along this stretch of land could entice one to stay a while.
...as could a view like this! BUT...
...where there are apples like this, we felt the strongest pull and the need to go and be there. Yes, back to our homeland, back to the cottage, back to the beach, where we will stay a while.
After unpacking, loading laundry, savouring wine, I went for another long stroll. This time it was along the beach as the sun began to settle lower to end the day.
On this day, at this time, I was presented with a photographers dream. The lighting was ideal, I was even able to capture reflections in tiny pools.
This is what beach foliage looks like on the edge of autumn.
The tide was coming in. I was able to saunter in sand that was still untouched today. Can I say I owned the beach? I did this time so I will say I had 100% outright ownership.
I walked all the way to the point which was my turn around spot. Now I had just as amazing scenery heading back. The lighting continued to stay in my favour.
Seaweed is a good thing for the beach and for many other reasons, I used it to frame the bottom of my photo and use it as a barrier between real and reflection.
The air was still, it was very warm, as was the water, yet the clouds were beginning to build to bring that much needed rain. I took one last photo just before leaving the sand.
Our time in Cape Breton was wonderful. It is a beautiful part of this province and of our country. But we all truly know.....