Karma’s Photo Hunt: End of the earth

Pike’s Peak, Colorado. August 2010.

For her August photo hunt, Karma asks us to show her the “end of the earth” or what we think of as the end of the earth.  I know some of you have seen the above photo in the past, but I hauled it out again because to me, this truly was the first time I looked at a scene as the end of the earth.  It is a place where earth and sky meet, and although I know you can go much higher than this and still remain on earth, it was the highest I’ve ever been and still had my feet firmly placed on terra firma.  (Well, maybe not as firmly as I’d like to think since the Rocky Mountain high due to altitude was making me feel lightheaded and floaty.)

You still have time to participate in the photo hunt.  The deadline is Friday, August 31.  Just follow the link provided at the beginning of my first sentence.

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.

~ T. S. Eliot

North Shore of Prince Edward Island (near Rustico), Canada.

Karma mentioned that due to the nature of this assignment, using archived photos is okay.  (Karma is not a stickler for the rules anyhow.  She’s good that way.)  I picked out more than a few from my travels to the Canadian Maritimes because where earth and water meet also feels like the “end of the earth” to me.

Somewhere on the Cabot Trail. Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

The Cabot Trail in the Cape Breton Highlands of Nova Scotia makes you feel, at times, as if you’ve reached the end of the earth.  It reminded me a lot of the Big Sur Coast Highway in California in the U.S.

Without the  redwood trees, of course.

One of my first views of South Harbour. Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

The view above (and in the next few photos) is the view we had from the cabin we stayed at in Cape Breton.

Our first sunrise in Nova Scotia.

You may end up seeing similar scenes when I get to the Nova Scotia portion of our trip in my Thursday Travels posts.  The sunrises were amazing, and made me feel as though we were almost right there, at the end of the earth, watching for the light to come up over the watery horizon.

The grass at the bottom edge of the above photo is the end of the front yard of the cabin where we stayed.  It’s still part of our first Nova Scotia sunrise.  I took a lot of photos the first morning.

The strip of land you see is South Harbour Beach which looks out over the North Atlantic Ocean.

A view of South Harbour Beach from the cabin.

The grand show is eternal.  It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising.  Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.

~ John Muir

The Skyline Trail. Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

The Skyline Trail in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park is a popular trail, and one of the few where we encountered quite a few other people out hiking.  The trail takes you through forest, some of it damaged by a forest fire in the 1950s, and eventually leads to a boardwalk where you will find the most amazing views of the Cabot Trail and the Gulf of St. Lawrence and, although it’s not nearly as high as Pike’s Peak, you feel as if you’re standing at the end of the earth.

Standing near the end of the earth.

And so we circle back around to where earth and clouds meet that is also a spot where earth and water meet.

That was fun, Karma.  Thank you.

Today’s view of the pond.

Meanwhile, back at Breezy Acres, the rain cleared out sometime overnight.  We got a good soaking, but I was surprised to find the ground is still hard.  I can’t remember the last time it felt boggy.  Probably late winter, early spring.  I like the way the pond looks after the rain.  Clean, clear, very reflective.

Changing leaves in fog and early morning sunlight

That’s it from the Bogs (and elsewhere) for today.  Thank you for coming along on my interpretation of Karma’s photo hunt.  May you have a delightful day, evening, or night… wherever, whenever you are on the spectrum of space and time.  🙂


31 Comments on “Karma’s Photo Hunt: End of the earth”

  1. Carla says:

    I love your picture at the top of Pikes Peak (and the others as well, of course!) But what a beautiful day you had, in the sunshine above the clouds! 🙂

  2. That first one is a winner for the contest and the yellow tones on the last one make it stand out all on its own.

  3. mobius faith says:

    I’m lovin’ the end of the earth. How cool that you can say you traveled to the ends of the earth. That view of South Harbour from the cabin is pure magic. The blue of the sky and water with the jagged ribbon of land slicing through it is – damn! it’s just too good for words. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Terry. 🙂

      I love scenes like that, where the sky and water are almost the same shade. The cabin we rented was a great find.

  4. Kathy says:

    Thank you, Robin, for reminding me of Karma’s Photo hunt. Your pictures are wonderful depictions. I like the second one best. 🙂

  5. Joanne says:

    I agree with Kathy, the second photo is amazing, as if the person could just take a stride up into the clouds! That certainly does look like the end of the earth, high-wise. Nova Scotia is such a stunningly beautiful place. I think it should be on my “wish list” of places to visit someday. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Joanne. 🙂

      You should definitely visit Nova Scotia if you get the chance. It’s such a beautiful place. I’d love to go back someday.

  6. Corina says:

    Stunning photographs. I like the concept of the end of the earth. Makes one think. Of course, my favorite in this post, and it isn’t even an end of the earth one, is the one with all the yellow leaves…you know me and yellow!

  7. Sallyann says:

    Wonderful sunrises, thanks … lookin forward to more. 🙂

  8. Thesae are really great, Robin! Love the Pikes Peak ones….I really want to go back sometime (in the summer!) and make it all the way to the top.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Michaela. 🙂

      I want to go back someday too. We took the cog railway up to the top. I’d like to drive up so we can stop and admire things along the way. Maybe even hike it.

  9. Carol says:

    This earth is home to so much beauty, and you have beautifully shared a bunch of it!

  10. Karma says:

    Thanks so much for participating in the photo hunt, Robin. You always present magical interpretations of the subject. That view of the clouds from the Rockies is pretty amazing and the colors in your Nova Scotia shots are gorgeous. They all definitely give that end of the earth feeling!

  11. Every photo was stunning but that first one just took my breath away!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Cyndi. That view took my breath away. The remarkable thing about the young woman sitting at the edge of the earth in that photo is that she was training for the Pike’s Peak Ascent and Marathon. She ran up there while I sat comfortably in a train, feeling lightheaded from the altitude.

  12. dawnkinster says:

    LOVE that second picture of pikes peak…and the big sur…and many others…:)

  13. […] always brings a magical touch to the photo hunt, and she did not disappoint this time around.  She sweeps us from one end of this continent to the other with gorgeous shots looking down on clouds in the Rocky Mountains to distant looking vistas of Nova […]

  14. Lynne Ayers says:

    Some truly beautiful shots over the water. I too have taken shots just for that look of the water blending into the sky making it difficult to see where one stops and the other starts producing a sense of infinity.

  15. sybil says:

    Wow. Beautiful post. Greeting from Nova Scotia.

  16. Your photos are absolutely fascinating ! The first one looks as if really this mountain could be the end of the world. A very good shot. I also like the Prince Edward island (reminds me of Ireland) and the South Harbour beach (great composition). This was a wonderful journey you shared with us. Thank you.

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