Taking up this week’s photo challenge by WordPress, I give you Joe’s Scarecrow Village.
On a country road on the east side of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, not far from the town of Cheticamp, you drive past this sign. If you look over to the field behind it, you’ll see a very strange sight. Dozens of figures, their clothing blowing and flapping in the wind, all mute, all looking out over the bay. Scarecrows, every one of them.
The clothes are donated by lots of people and “fans” and they exhibit is set up every year during the tourist season. The masks may depict the young, the old or even the famous. There is no fee but a donation is appreciated. We stopped one clear late September morning before heading up to drive the Cabot Trail around the island. We didn’t know it at the time, but sometime earlier that year, comedian Billy Connolly also stopped here while filming a travel feature starting in Nova Scotia and traversing the Northwest Passage.