Aspy Valley

Dr. Bondar talks about making this image:

Location of Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Cape Breton Highlands National Park LINK

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.

BIODIVERSITY CANADA’s Forest Biome resource

EXTRA STUFF about the Aspy Valley and its image-taking!


Maple branch adds its scarlet note

Acadian Forest Crown

Acadian Forest Ground

NASA view of Nova Scotia

Landsat pseudocolor view of Cape Breton Island

How To Manage THREE different Forests in ONE Park!

video -- Cape Breton Highlands National Park: Bring Back the Boreal!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!

Province of Nova Scotia Flag

YES! This is Nova Scotia’s Flag… but are you up for a quick quiz about Nova Scotia’s other official symbols?

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