Photo of the week: the beauty of Charlevoix


I’ve seen some dramatic landscapes on my travels this year, from the Andes to the Greenland fjords to Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes. But none can outdo the scenery I witnessed on my recent trip to the Charlevoix region of Quebec. In this place, where the St. Lawrence River runs down to the sea, a beautiful vista seems to open up every time you crest the next hill. And some of the most beautiful are the views of the river itself, which seems to present a new face and a new mood every five minutes.

Arriving on the Isle-aux-Coudres, I looked back across the river to see a scene that reminded me strangely of the Greenland fjords — dark hills in the distance, set in water that flowed around them like quicksilver. Sombre clouds added some drama, set off by silvery water where a little sunlight found its way through. In 10 minutes it would be sunny again, but for this moment, it was a dark, brooding scene.

There is something elemental about the landscapes of the north, and here, where the northland begins, now and then you can see it. And sometimes you can capture it with a camera.

Photo taken with the Nikon COOLPIX P900 camera


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Paul Marshman is a retired journalist who spent 30 years as a writer and editor on Canadian newspapers, while travelling to the ends of the earth. Now he continues to travel while passing on his travel experiences to you.

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