Dr. Bondar talks about making this image:
Aspy Valley is a Forest biome of (Acadian) temperate and northern forest vegetation.
Mixedwood forests that grow on the East coast of Canada give brilliant Fall colours mixed with the all-season dark green of conifers. In distant part of the hill with stronger winds, many leaves of the Acadian hardwood forest have fallen producing a grey softness from the bare trunks and branches. The prominent curve of the hill in the right foreground flows across the valley and up the opposite side of the valley, emphasizing scale. It is a large textured multicoloured carpet. Clouds in the sky mimic the lines of the hills below.
The valley, hiking trail, and Aspy and upper Margaree Rivers follow along part of the ancient strike-slip Aspy fault that runs through Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The pre-history landforms, their soils, and cool maritime climate support Acadian, Boreal and Taiga habitats and their biodiversity — hence the term mixedwood.
EXTRA STUFF about the Aspy Valley and its image-taking!
How To Manage THREE different Forests in ONE Park!
In any given season, swaths of forest habitat may suffer devastation from weather, infestations, and more. National Park staff work carefully to maintain these habitats for future generations to enjoy. As park visitors, we help when we leave no trace of our presence!
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